All for Hope (The Rawley Family Romances, #1)

All for Hope (The Rawley Family Romances, #1)

by Olivia Hardin

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A stolen baby.  A secret romance. Sometimes the safest distance between two hearts is no distance at all... Kidnapping a baby wasn't something Hope ever dreamed she could do. But she's been burned by the legal system, so when the court places her friend's child into the custody of an abuser, she takes matters into her own hands. She steals the baby and fakes her death, hoping to make a clean getaway. She planned every detail, except one. Brennan had always been the love of Hope's life, even if he never wanted to be.They were high school sweethearts and best friends, so when he finds her in trouble one night at a gas station, he has to help her, even if they both know she can't afford to depend on him for long. Still, as each day passes, it becomes obvious that she's in way over her head. And to make matters worse, being on the run together sparks the old flames that once burned between the two of them. In the end, family, friends, and lovers will need to band together to save an innocent baby or else all of their lives will be destroyed.

Meet the Rawleys.  A series of stand-alone romances, each following a different couple in this saga of life, love, family, and friends...

Product Details

BN ID: 2940046281033
Publisher: Olivia Hardin
Publication date: 10/28/2014
Series: The Rawley Family Romances , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,002,500
File size: 989 KB

About the Author

When Olivia Hardin began having strange movie-like dreams in her teens, she had no choice but to begin putting them to paper. Before long the writing bug had her and she knew she wanted to be a published author. Several rejections plus a little bit of life later, and she was temporarily “cured” of the urge to write. That is until she met a group of talented and fabulous writers who gave her the direction and encouragement she needed to get lost in the words again.

Olivia’s attended three different universities over the years and toyed with majors in Computer Technology, English, History and Geology. Then one day she heard the term road scholar and she knew that was what she wanted to be. Now she “studies” anything and everything just for the joy of learning.  She's also an insatiable crafter who only completes about 1 out of 5 projects, a jogger who hates to run, and she’s sometimes accused of being artistic.

A native Texas girl, Olivia lives in the beautiful Lone Star state with her husband, Danny and their puppy, Bonnie.

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All For Hope 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 24 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Number 1: This is a complete book. This does not end abruptly! Number 2: This is a well written book with complicated relationships. Number 3: This is a story about a good person handling a harsh situation. I hope you enjoy reading Hope's story as much as I did.
Ginas-Library More than 1 year ago
I received this book for a fair and honest review. I loved this book, it was like two stories in one. You have the story of Hope and how she kidnapped a child to protect her from an abuser. You also have a love story between Hope and Brennan. Hope and Brennan have been friends for a very long time. Things didn't always work out for them romantically. That didn't mean that they didn't have feelings for each other all this time though. This was a great fast paced book. I highly enjoyed it. I wonder if I'd have the strength and courage to do what Hope did just to protect a child. I can only imagine all the different feelings she was going through at the time.
kainshottie More than 1 year ago
I have loved every book by Olivia Hardin that I have read. This story is different from the others that I have read being that it is contemporary romance instead of paranormal romance. Losing the aspect of the paranormal certainly did not pose as a challenge for her though. She created a scenario that is very possible in the world that we live in and draws the reader into the story. You develop a connection with Hope where you find yourself hoping for her to find a way to keep the baby she steals and to settle down into a real life. The reason that Hope is in this situation is that the people who were awarded custody of the baby had  shady past. The baby's real mother begged Hope to get her child away from her parents, whom she claimed her father had done things to her as a child that I will not repeat. Hope promises and is obligated to take matters into her own hands instead of waiting years for the courts to reverse their decision on custody. She kidnaps the baby and fakes their deaths. The problem comes when an ex-boyfriend, Brennan, sees her, recognizes her, and digs into what is going on with her. Brennan, however, takes it upon himself to get involved by helping Hope escape the authorities. In the process, he falls in love. I thoroughly enjoyed this story. Read more reviews at Identity Discovery blog.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
loved it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, I couldnot put it down. I read all the time but I think this is the first book by Olivia Hardin. She got me from page one & never let loose. I smiled a lot & cried a little. GJRA
MsChris1161 More than 1 year ago
ALL FOR HOPE, the first book in the Rawley Family series is an interesting story with several twists to the storyline. Hope Sheffield feels compelled to save the baby of a friend and believes the only way to accomplish it is to kidnap the infant. Her good friends and family, despite her actions stick by her in her adventure. In the end, all is made right for Hope and the baby. This is my first book from Olivia Hardin. Good story. Well developed characters. Uncle James is a favorite. I enjoyed this one and am looking forward to book two in the series. 4 stars ~Complimentary copy downloaded from NetGalley. All opinions expressed in this review are my own.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just not believable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An ok read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love the story line. Kept me interested until the very last page!
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Although this book was short, it is a complete story. Enjoyable, emotional romance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Interesting concept but VERY poorly executed. The sloppy construction of this story prevents it from feeling believable, and the choppy writing & gaps in the narrative flow are not only very irritating but also make it difficult to follow the plot. None of the characters are well fleshed out, which means in turn that their motivations are not clear. Since the story revovles around a woman's motivation for commiting a serious crime, this lack is extremely unfortunate. There are MUCH better romantic suspense reads available; don't waste your time on this one. I'd grade this writing as a low C.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book. Good read and characters play a realistic role in story. This book shows what lengths you will go to protect a child.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hang on tight this is definitely an emotional rollercoaster. You will cry,laugh and scream for these characters. I will have to read the next book by this author.
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LisaRayns More than 1 year ago
All for Hope begins reading more like a mystery than a romance novel which I found interesting and unique. Though the passage of time moves quickly, the scenes are well developed and held my interest. I have a bit of trouble connecting with a heroine who is a saint, but the story is great and definitely worth the read. It’s heartwarming and cozy and has a very special baby at the heart of it all. I think Hope should have been the baby’s name. My favorite thing about this book: Lost love, a rekindled flame, true love realized. I loved the hero’s struggle with the relationship and the little tidbits about her dreams and how she told her mother she wanted to marry him one day. Sweet and well placed. Great read if you’re looking for a cozy romance!
Bookworm_Babblings More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. Hope Sheffield has been burned by the system before. So when a woman she had been counseling and befriended, asks for her assistance. Hope promises to do whatever it takes to keep her baby safe. Brennan Rawley is a childhood friend and boyfriend that Hope has had a love/hate, love/like, love but I can’t watch you destroy yourself, relationship. He’s become a successful businessman and now he’s determined to help her keep the baby safe. Will he finally give in to his attraction to Hope and allow himself to fall in love? Or is her current situation more than he can bear? As you all know, I’m a huge fan of Olivia Hardin. So, when the opportunity arose to review her latest novel, “All For Hope”, I jumped at the chance. Usually, Olivia’s novels have been paranormal romance. This time I was happily surprised with a contemporary romance. Although it was a romance, it really focused on the kidnapping first and foremost. I love romance novels like this one where there’s an actually story running parallel to the budding romance. This book was beautifully written with characters you will fall in love with. Olivia Hardin has done it again, another hard to put down five heart novel!
TheWineyReader More than 1 year ago
This is a great read…just perfect for a summer day at the beach.  It opens with Hope meeting secretly with a friend and you don’t know quite what she is up to, but you soon find out.  The author brings you on an adventure and the pace keeps you reading until you see what happens.  She is on the run with a baby and an old flame ends up joining forces with her. I love a romance and especially when the heroine finally gets the man of her dreams.  One of the aspects I enjoyed was the notion of second chances.  She really believes in the good in people and is able to trust them even after being hurt.  Bren has to prove he is worthy of it though.  She doesn’t just take him back. Hope was a character who made me want to be a better person. She was so selfless in sacrificing everything to help someone else. I honestly don’t know if I could have done what she did, although I wish I could.  Bren also takes a chance in helping her…at first because he thinks he owes her for his actions in the past, but eventually he comes to discover it’s more than that. I loved that he was on a journey too, to figure out who he should be and how to be happy. The characters are well-developed and I really liked most of them.  Of course, I did not like the bad guy.  The author paints a pretty vivid picture of him and when Hope sees him face to face, I felt contempt for him.  The varied cast of characters shows flaws, loyalty, and faith…just like real life. Another part I really loved was the strong sense of family and what that really means.  To be part of a family is a very important aspect of this book and in part, a reason that shows Bren where he should be and wants to be. This is a well-paced book that will keep you reading until the very last chapter and rooting for Hope.  I highly recommend it and a nice chilled pinot grigio goes along well with it.  That is one of my favorite summer drinks and this is perfect for it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But I'm not going to read another by this writer. I'm not sorry that I selected this book but it was boring in some sections.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
Hope has been mentoring a prostitute who is turning her life around.   This prostitute has a baby girl, Michelle, and when she is arrested and sent to jail for manslaughter begs Hope to save her baby from her molesting father.   Hope then kidnaps Michelle and goes on the run.    At a convenience store Hope runs into the love of her life, Brennan.    He has never felt the same for Hope, but yet promises to help her and keep Michelle safe.   She knows that she cannot truly rely on Brennan since he has never stuck by her in the past.   As they spend more time together the sparks begin to fly and the feelings begin to come back. Everything about this book called to me.   The beautiful cover, the amazing story, I knew I could not pass on the opportunity to read this book.  I did struggle with the idea of kidnapping, but somehow knew it was the only way Michelle would be safe from a horrible life of molestation.   It was hard to be okay with it, but as the story continued on and I learned more and more about Hope I could see that she did it as only an amazing person could do.  Hope is a person that would truly go out on a limb and help anyone, stranger or friend, in their time of need, even when it means putting her own life on hold.  When Brennan came into the picture I knew I would love him.  He tracked Hope down and did not let her go her own way, even as Hope protested that she did not need help.   He ended up being the rock and support that every woman needs, much less a woman on the run from her whole life.    He never gave up on Hope and Michelle, nor did he let his feelings get in the way of what was best for his “ladies.” This story is amazing.   There is suspense, romance, and true love (both as mother/father to child and as man and woman.)  I have to recommend this to anyone who loves a great story.  I know that I am going to be keeping an eye open for more great works from Olivia Hardin and be checking out her previous work.