A Widow's Hope

A Widow's Hope

by Vannetta Chapman

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ISBN-13: 9781488090653
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 08/01/2018
Series: Indiana Amish Brides
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 47,557
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Vannetta Chapman writes fiction full of grace and is the author of over 20 Amish novels. She discovered her love for the Amish while researching her grandfather's birthplace in Albion, Pennsylvania. Vannetta is a Carol award winner and a Christy award finalist. She lives in the Texas Hill Country where she writes full time. She and her husband spend their time doting on their labrador, beagle, cats, and herd of deer. Vannetta also loves to knit, quilt, hike, camp, and travel.

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A Widow's Hope 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
DaliCastillo 5 months ago
Beautiful Story Two souls, each shouldering the weight of pain from their pasts, are connected by one special little boy. That is where the story begins. Where it goes from their is at times sad. Other times it’s painful. Then there are times that make you smile, laugh, or hold your breath. But through it all, the message of God’s love, grace, and forgiveness shine through. Those are just a few of the qualities that make this such a great story. But there is one more thing that stood out for me, and that was the story of that special little boy. I don’t recall any of the books I’ve read ever dealing with the issue of a special needs child. However, the author very skillfully weaves and blends the topic into the story. She does so in a way that gives the reader insight into the love, dedication, challenges, and sometimes pain that all go along with having a special needs child, along with allowing you to see things from the viewpoint of the child. The child’s innocence and determination added an entirely different and refreshing dimension to the story. A Widow’s Hope is a story of grace, letting go of the past, forgiveness, hope, trust, healing, and finding love. I absolutely loved this beautiful story and its endearing characters, and I think anyone who reads it will come away feeling the same way.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Really enjoyed!!! Thank you
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
A WIDOW'S HOPE is Ms. Chapman;s first Love Inspired romance. I didn't know she'd written one until a friend mentioned it and gave me her copy to read. Hannah is an overprotective mama (with good cause) of a disabled four year old boy. She needs a job as her dad is supporting her and her son and the son's medical expenses are risking the farm as they can't make payments. Jacob Schrock used to like Hannah, but their first date ended disastrously when his horse went lame and Hannah lost her temper and walked off. He builds playhouses for disabled children now and has been commissioned to build a train shaped one for Hannah's son. He is being audited and needs an accountant. But Hannah is not desperate enough to work for him until everything else goes wrong. Jacob had my heart. He was badly burned in a fire and disfigured and feels no one can love him. He's treated like a scary monster. Most author's cast these people as bad guys and I know a man personally who has been badly burned and he is the sweetest kindest man I've ever known. He's young enough to be my son, and is a Christian. I'm glad Ms. Chapman found it in her heart to write about a character such as Jacob. I didn't like Hannah at all when I met her. She was outspoken, rude and pushy. The dialog was rather flat, but something about the story drew me (the hero, the son, something) and I had to keep reading. I was glad the way the story worked out and I recommend it for a good Amish read. I was given a copy free by a friend (not the author) and all opinions are my own.
beckymmoe More than 1 year ago
A Widow's Hope was a very sweet story about learning how to start living again after tragedy. Both Hannah and Jacob have been scarred by life--his, from a fire, are mostly visible; hers, from an accident that killed her husband and permanently disabled her young son, are not. Witnessing the two of them learn to open up to others and grow closer to each other was very rewarding--I had tears in my eyes toward the end, not once but twice! Though there were times that I wanted to shake Hannah for her extreme helicopter parenting, she does manage to both loosen up eventually *and* demonstrate that yes, she has reason to be a bit overprotective of his health by the end, so it was hard to stay upset with her. Jacob needed to let go of the guilt that he felt over his parents' deaths, which he eventually manages, thank goodness. The biggest obstacle to their relationship was Hannah and Jacob's own beliefs about their future prospects. Neither one is initially able to believe that another person could possibly be satisfied with what they have to offer--her because of her widowhood and disabled son, him because of his scars and guilt. Watching them both realize that they have so much more to offer than they originally thought is very rewarding. This was my first book from this author, but it definitely won't be my last! Rating: 4 stars / A- I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book.
KVM More than 1 year ago
I love books like this one, ones you can't put down, ones were you are cheering for and feeling for and wanting to give the character a good talking do. I loved this story of Hannah and Jacob, they both have had huge losses in their young lives. Hannah lost her husband in an accident that seriously hurt their son Mathew and Jacob tried to save his parents from a fire and suffered severe burns because of that (plus guilt). They come together to help each other and end up wondering if life could be good again. Thank you Vannetta Chapman for another great book!
Laundry_Whispers More than 1 year ago
I'll be honest, with all the Vannetta books I've read I'm having the hardest time letting go of Henry (The Amish Bishop Mysteries). He wove his way into my heart and I'm just attached. I don't feel like his story is done like I do with some of her other series. That makes it harder to let go. So, I wasn't sure about dipping my toes into a new series so soon. However, once again Chapman weaves her magic of storytelling and takes amazing people and crafts a story that steals my heart and makes me think. . .in a good way. And I'm hoping to see more of Hannah and Jacob through the rest of the Indiana Amish Brides series. The drawback of the Harlequin lines, including Love Inspired, is that they feel like shorter books. I don't get as much time with the characters, less pages (over all), and sometimes less depth to the story. However, Vannetta even proved that all wrong. The right writer can shine with any number of pages. Yes, I still have less time with these people (and I read pretty fast so it feels even more so) but I do have an amazing story of depth and faith and love. 'His scares as visible. Hers are hidden. . .' That right there from the synopsis on the back of the book tells the story. Trust me here. Yes, it's a book about two single people, her a widow with a young child (who happens to roll through life in a wheelchair) and him with visible scars of a past he hasn't yet forgiven himself for, but it's also about scars. All the scars. The scars of past hurts (their disastrous first and only near date as teens that they have mostly forgotten). The scars that come from helping others (financial troubles anyone?). The scars that come from lack of forgiveness (I mean they are both rocking those pretty hardcore). The literal scars from a fire rushed into and a fire escaped. Scars, both seen and unseen, are as much a part of creating the person we are as our success and failure, or learning and our experiencing. Everything changes us, everything creates scars. The difference is whether we embrace our scars, learn their lessons, feel the hurts, and move on. Or whether we settle in with our scars and let them own our futures. We all have scars, some visible and some hidden. Let's face it, Chapman gives us an amazing love story about a man who loves to work with wood. He does all the side jobs to make way for his true passion, custom playhouses for children with disabilities. She gives us this amazing love story about a young woman who has lost her husband in a terrible accident that permanently changed her child's future. She gave us a story about forgiveness, and faith, and finding love. Of embracing a future instead of holding onto a past. And all I can think about are scars. I never promised to not be weird! :D I fell in love with this book, with these characters, and I'm beyond excited to see where this new series takes me. Vannetta has yet to write something I haven't loved. This book is another perfect example of that. She gives life to characters who change you in ways you didn't see coming. I was provided a complimentary copy of this book by Love Inspired. I was not compensated for this review and all thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I was not required to write a positive review.
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
I thoroughly enjoyed A Widow’s Hope! Hannah and Jacob are strong characters made vulnerable by the tragedies they have experienced. Each bearing their own scars, Hannah and Jacob struggle with fear and doubt. Their journey is heartfelt and emotional, and I delighted in the hope and healing they found. Vannetta Chapman is a gifted storyteller, and I am eager to read more of her wonderful stories!
ganderson523 More than 1 year ago
A Widow's Hope is a sweet story of two scarred people finding their way as God directs them. One is scarred on the inside and the other on the outside. Hannah King is a young widow living with her parents and her young son that is a paraplegic. A year ago, her husband was thrown from his buggy and killed when a snake startled his buggy horse and her son Matthew, also thrown, was paralyzed. She can't imagine any man wanting to take on a widow with a son that is disabled. Jacob Schrock was burned on his face while trying to save his parents from a fire in their house, only it was too late. He was disfigured and has decided that he will live a life unmarried thinking that no one wants to look at him. Jacob also feels guilty that he was unable to save them. He is a busy carpenter in the area of Goshen, Indiana with a love to build playhouses for disabled children. He and Hannah went to grade school together. When he is contracted by a group to build a train playhouse for Matthew that will fit his wheelchair, they rekindle their friendship, somewhat reluctantly on Hannah's part. Jacob needs someone to help with his accounting to prepare for an IRS audit. Hannah needs money to help with the family finances. Both will need to rely on God's help to see past their insecurities and fears in order to live a more full life. This is a lovely story of love and family; a story of living each day to the fullest according to God's will. I won this book on Vannetta Chapman's blog. Thanks to her! Opinions and thoughts stated are mine only.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
The author has presented us with two hurting individuals, one has lost her husband and her only child was injured in the accident, the other blames himself for not being able to save his parents, even though he has scars that show he tried. I found it amusing that these two know each other from their childhood and a disastrous date, but neither is really ready to move on with all that has happened to them. Come and watch, or read how these two fumble around each other, and when the chips are down will they be able to come together, or will it tear them apart? I did enjoy this read by this author. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Harlequin, and was not required to give a positive review.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
An inspirational and encouraging story about accepting ourselves and the scars life has given us, some apparent some not, and finding the courage to the take the risk to live fully again after life has knocked us down. There is something sweetly comforting and endearing about these Amish stories, that simple lifestyle, the caring for your neighbor, and helping to carry each other's burdens and keeping each other accountable. In A Widow's Hope, the characters are more integrated into the modern world than in some other Amish stories I have read, but the main core values, morals, and principals are firmly in place. While Hannah is struggling with the economic burden of taking care of her son after the accident that killed her husband, the family and community hold her close and helps her find her place in life again. I loved Hannah's spunk, her spirited attitude, and how no one tries to dial her down. She knows her strengths and she knows her struggles and is willing to challenge her boundaries to survive and protect her son. For six years, Jacob has hidden behind the scars a fire that killed his parents left on his face. He is a talented carpenter with a kind and giving heart. He loves his family but carries the burden of guilt for not being able to rescue his parents. He is a humble and loyal man, so sweet and caring, loving towards the kids of the kin. I loved the spark between Hannah and Jacob from the first moment they are reunited. The banter between them had me chuckling, the way they challenged each other to be the true and better version of themselves was admirable. Within the adorable and lovely story, there are endearing life lessons embedded and learned. No one survives life without scars, visible or invisible to the human eye, without some sort of pain and suffering shaping us to be the people we are. But with time, hope, and faith, and with the support of our peers, we can overcome, we can learn to accept, and grow to be a honed version of our true selves. An absorbing and heartening tale, filled with hope, kindness, goodness, and compassion. ~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
SunnieReviews More than 1 year ago
I could hardly wait to read this new book by Vannetta Chapman. It was really good. I enjoyed how two hurting people were able to help each other both physically and emotionally. The book is a sweet part of the Indiana Amish Brides collection. It also is a good example of the care and love of people who are in need. It's about family caring for one another and help from God as well as trust in Him. I recommend this book! It was good! I received an ebook copy of this book from the author. All thoughts are my own.
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed reading A Widow's Hope. Hannah King and Jacob Schrock struggled with different things in their lives. Hannah was burdened with fears relating to her child's health, the need to control the situations around her, guilt and worry. Jacob carried around guilt about a past tragedy, as well as the belief that no one would be interested in marrying a man with a scarred face. Hannah and Jacob started out with a fairly rocky beginning. I cringed a few times with the way Hannah treated Jacob or how she reacted to certain situations with him. But I really enjoyed watching as the two of them became friends and eventually more. This was such a sweet story, filled with interesting main and side characters! I look forward to future books in this series. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
LizD1 More than 1 year ago
A Widow’s Hope ( Indiana Amish Brides - #1 ) By: Vannetta Chapman A Widow’s Hope is book one in Vannetta Chapman’s new series Indiana Amish Brides. I could not wait to read the start of this new series. I was not disappointed. This story is a very heartwarming story that touched my heart. I was grabbed at the start and did not want to put it down. There were times when i had tears in my eyes. Two people with great loss and scars from the past . A Young child that is so sweet and with a disability. I loved him from the start. A story about loss, trust, love , and trusting in God. Is there hope for these two who have been through so much? I really loved A Widow’s Hope and can’t wait to read book two in this new series. I was given a complimentary copy of this book, but was not told that I had to give a positive review. All opinions are my own.
NanceeMarchinowski More than 1 year ago
Hannah has too much on her mind to be distracted by anything but the most important details in her life, caring for her disabled son, moving on with her life after the loss of her husband, and attempting to find a way to help her parents keep up payments on their farm. Her heart is scarred, and anything beyond day to day duties is more than she can handle. Jacob Schrock lost his parents to a fire that burned their home to the ground. Badly burned from attempting to rescue them, Jacob hides himself behind his woodworking and building business. His bookkeeping is way out of order, and the IRS is knocking at his door. Can Hannah take a job with Jacob and solve both of their problems? Pick up a copy of this poignant book, and discover the secrets that two scarred individuals harbor. It's a powerful look at how our deepest pain can be used to move mountains. Excellent book! Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book. All expressed opinions are my own.
Pattistep More than 1 year ago
This is a tender story of redemption and restoration after an experience of great loss. Jacob’s scars are external, but Hannah’s scars are internal. Both struggle to trust God with their futures. Jacob does not feel worthy to have a family; Hannah must face the future as a single parent taking care of her disabled son. The storyline reveals their struggle to be independent and not lean on their family and faith for the support they desperately need. The author has done a wonderful job telling their story. I so identified with Hannah’s struggle to give her child’s physical struggles to God and trust Him for the future. This book is more than just a great story. It’s a call to all of us to trust God in those times we can’t always see the next step we need to take. Thank you, Vannetta Chapman, for the encouragement found in this sweet story. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Pattistep More than 1 year ago
This is a tender story of redemption and restoration after an experience of great loss. Jacob’s scars are external, but Hannah’s scars are internal. Both struggle to trust God with their futures. Jacob does not feel worthy to have a family; Hannah must face the future as a single parent taking care of her disabled son. The storyline reveals their struggle to be independent and not lean on their family and faith for the support they desperately need. The author has done a wonderful job telling their story. I so identified with Hannah’s struggle to give her child’s physical struggles to God and trust Him for the future. This book is more than just a great story. It’s a call to all of us to trust God in those times we can’t always see the next step we need to take. Thank you, Vannetta Chapman, for the encouragement found in this sweet story. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
pattiagal More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in a new series for Vannette Chapman. Hannah is a young widow whose 4 year old son Matthew was seriously injured in an accident which claimed her husbands life. She is seeking employment to help ease the financial strain added to her parents income since Matthew and Hannah moved back home to Indiana. The story takes us through Hannah's fears and introduces us to her boss Jacob who has doubts and fears if his own. I really loved the story! The focus is on scars, those of the emotional and physical nature, and how faith, hope, and resilience can bring about change. I am looking forward to reading more in this series!
Deana0326 More than 1 year ago
What a beautiful story about tragedy, hope and love. I loved the theme in the book about scars. Some people have scars that are visible. People tend to stare at the scars and judge a person. Other scars are deep and emotional. You can't see them but they are there. Hannah is a good character and I liked how she dedicated her life to her four year old son in a wheelchair. She has had a hard time with a loss and now must come to terms with her son's disabilities. It must be so hard to see your child go from a vibrant person, to one who needs help with simple everyday things. My heart went out to Hannah. Some may think she is overprotective, but I could understand how she wanted to make sure he was happy and enjoyed his life. Jacob is a welcome gift from God. At least that is how I saw him. He was humble but carried a great burden that holds him back from being happy. His business is in need of some help and Hannah is perfect for the job. Her accounting ability may help get Jacob out of trouble with the IRS. I did laugh as they started spending time together because I wasn't sure who was the most stubborn. The best part of the story for me was how a young boy named Mathew never saw himself as handicapped and never allowed Jacob's scars to stop him from being his friend. Their bond was genuine and I loved how the author used that relationship to remind us that if we look past scars and disabilities, we see what God sees in people. Emotional scars may be hidden, but God will bring those out in order to heal. Matthew is a great character who taught this reader what it means to not judge, not be afraid and to never give up. I received a copy of this book from the author The review is my own opinion.