Her Hope Discovered

Her Hope Discovered

by Cynthia Herron


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ISBN-13: 9781943959655
Publisher: Mountain Brook Ink
Publication date: 11/20/2018
Series: Welcome to Ruby , #1
Pages: 340
Sales rank: 578,106
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.71(d)

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Her Hope Discovered 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Erin_Slocum 8 days ago
I loved this book! Charla is determined to make her dreams a success but to the detriment of what? Charla has led the high power success driven life for too long. Now it's time to live her dreams and she's going to do that in Ruby, MO. I personally live in MO and love that this sets itself up in the Ozarks. Couldn't ask for a nicer setting though they didn't mention any snakes. :) On the day that she drives into town she's faced with a flat tire. Little did she know that this would set off a chain of events to rock her world. When her new neighbor Sam stops to help her she can't deny the initial attraction. And we can't begin to overlook the new house. It's huge and gorgeous and smells like chocolate chip cookies. She can't quite be sure why she gets that smell in her nose or has a dream about two gorgeous little girls but time will reveal. All the intertwined paths come together in the end, but it's the journey of healing and trust to get there that keeps the reader spellbound. There are no suspenseful chew on your fingernails times but there is a lot of must keep reading to find out what happens next moments. I give this book a great thumbs up and am looking forward to the next book in the series with anticipation. I'm glad I've found yet another author to follow. For the purpose of this review I was gifted an eBook copy of this title. However, all thoughts and opinions are solely my own and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. No one was forcing me to write a positive review I just really think you'll like this one.
MelissaGH 5 months ago
Once in a while a story comes along that brings me joy, tears and a ton of hope and this is one of those special stories. From the first page, I felt close to the characters and enjoyed learning more about each one. Second chances at love, trust, faith and hope are all found for the people in this heartwarming story. I truly enjoyed this one. I received a complimentary copy of this book and this is my personal honest opinion. No review was required.
Phyllis_H 6 months ago
Reading Her Hope Discovered is like sitting down at the fireside with a good friend and your favorite hot beverage for a cozy chat. The writing is fantastic and very interesting. It is compelling and creative with beautiful descriptions appropriately sprinkled throughout the story. It is so easy to visualize the beauty of the Ozarks as you read. I was so quickly invested in the characters, caring deeply what happened to them. And not just Charla and Sam, the main characters, each of the people in the town of Ruby became friends I want to know more about. It almost makes me want to pack up and move to a small town. . . Almost! Sam is a widower who has two adorable little girls who are full of life and energy. The great love he has for them is so touching. Despite his strong faith, he struggles with guilt over the argument he had with his wife the last time he saw her, and feels responsible for her death. His inability to accept forgiveness for this has alienated him from at least one person he needs in his life, and that of his daughters. This hard-working man has a heart of gold, though he is not without his flaws. Charla is a newcomer to the Ozarks, having moved to Ruby from a suburb of Boston – fleeing from the hectic life that was consuming her. She has dreams of being independent and having a chance to actually live her life making choices that are not designed to please others, especially her mother. Her heart is quickly captivated by the handsome carpenter and his precocious daughters, though she is afraid to trust it to anyone. The fun colloquialisms used and the quaint speech of the “locals” are not overdone. They are mixed in at a very appropriate pace to give a sense of place to the story but not overwhelm. Through a fair amount of the story is a hint of supernatural activity that had me a little concerned. Because this is a debut novel by an author I don’t know personally, I was a little concerned that the theology was going to be “off”. I was so pleased to find out that concern was unwarranted. Her Hope Discovered is a lovely story of faith, hope, love and forgiveness. It is a fantastic debut novel – not because it is a debut novel – it is fantastic by any standard. I would like to thank Cynthia Herron for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
GrandaddyA 6 months ago
The first book in The Welcome to Ruby series sets the bar high for the stories that follow. With some powerful life lessons woven into a story of second chances, the book has a lot to offer. I enjoyed the story line of a young woman from a life of luxury moving to a small town in the Ozarks to make a new life for herself. Each of the main characters were like many of us. They all seemed to need second chances repeatedly, whether it was concerning life, romance, or faith. We can see how God worked through all of their circumstances for good, whether it was what they thought they wanted or not. One of my favorite things about the story were the times when Sam met with his friend, Horace. Every man needs a friend like Horace in his life. One of the great things about living in Ruby, Missouri, was the people. Granted, in some ways, it was too good to be true, but yet and still, the people cared and showed love to each other. I think the moral of the story is this is the way people should live together although it fails to work that way many times. Besides the emphasis on second chances, the author placed a high value on honesty in relationships. That included being both open and honest. We may find it easy enough to be honest when someone asks our opinion, but many times we need to be more open in expressing honest thoughts and beliefs without someone having to drag it out of us. I received an advance copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest review. All opinions are strictly my own.
Mylittlebirdie 5 hours ago
When Charla Winthrop decides to make a drastic change in her life, she moves halfway across the country to small town Missouri and immediately meets Sam Packard, single father and local carpenter. From there, their relationship progresses quickly, and they envision a picture-perfect future together. As all good love stories go, there arises complications that threaten their newfound joy. While I won’t spoil the surprise, I must say that I applaud Cynthia Herron for addressing a somewhat hot topic for some families. However, I feel like the story is somewhat repetitive and a little hard to believe even for someone with a Christian background. There are also many instances where the obvious is stated, and I prefer a story that shows me the characters’ feelings and motives instead of spelling it out. Still, with its cozy Ozark small town setting and scenes that take place during the holidays, this book reminds me of the TV holiday movies that we all love! I received a copy of this book from JustRead Tours and am under no obligation to provide a positive review. All opinions are my own.
CherryPie0420 2 days ago
When Charla decides to leave her busy, meaningless life in Boston and move to the small town of Ruby, Missouri she is looking forward to the change of pace and to beginning the journey to figuring out what she truly wants in life. While she's planning there are other that are praying for her to come into their lives. Sam and his young daughters, Faith and Hope, have been hoping for someone to fill the void that was left when their wife and mother died in an accident three years ago. Could the new Bostonian in town be the answer to that prayer? Charla's presence in Ruby is going to be a game changer in more ways than one and usher a time of self discovery, truthfulness, and forgiveness in multiple lives. From the beginning I was completely and utterly charmed by Her Hope Discovered. From the Mayberry-esque town and all its charismatic array of characters to the breathtaking descriptions of Ruby and the surrounding Ozarks, you feel yourself transported to this wonderful and charming place with every page. Though sweet, and mostly predictable, there is just enough subtle conflict to keep it interesting until the end, and the theme of love and forgiveness that flows throughout leaves you all warm and fuzzy. Very sweet story! *I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest, unbiased review. All opinions are my own.
PianoLady831 8 days ago
With the impressive debut of Her Hope Discovered, Cynthia Herron establishes herself as an author to watch and this story is destined to become one of my favorites. The writing is solid, dialogue flows easily, characters are well developed, and the setting envelopes you in its arms. There’s even a touch of the supernatural that I found delightful. The beautiful Ozark Mountain town of Ruby embodies all that I love about small towns – people know and care about each other, friendships and faith are a part of daily living. I loved Sam and Charla from the moment I met them. Sam’s daughters are scene stealers, and his father-in-law, Edwin, is an endearing character. Sam and Charla have some emotional issues to work through, but they are surrounded by a supportive community and the God of second chances is clearly seen. I’m glad more Ruby stories are to come because I didn’t want to let go of these characters. Highly recommended. I received a copy of this book through JustRead Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
cularien 12 days ago
Aw...this was such a delightful read!! I live in a small town (though not quite as small as Ruby), and easily saw the town and its inhabitants come to life in my mind’s eye. It’s like Stars Hollow moved to Missouri! Scripture is peppered throughout, and faith and hope were embodied not just in two little girls, but in Edwin, Charla, Sam, and others. A wonderful fall and winter read (especially as I sit looking at the surprise snow outside my window!). I’m so glad this appears to be the first book in a series. Ruby plays home to enough characters, Herron won’t be short of material anytime soon! Think Mitford lite! I received a copy of the book from JustRead Publicity Tours. All opinions are my own.
Kendra Neal 16 days ago
I really enjoy visiting Small US towns and reading about Small Quaint towns. Quaint towns have a peaceful feeling about them, no rushing through life. Her Hope Discovered is based in a Quaint town and I feel in love with the book from the start. The main character, Charla, moves to a small town in the Ozarks, Ruby, to get away from the life of being busy constantly and to truly find herself and her passions. Charla quickly learns God may have different plans for her and those plans include a widower Sam and his 2 daughters. Both Sam and Charla have "baggage" from the past, but look to overcome those challenges to form a relationship and find happiness with each other. Her Hope Discovered is a book of Second Chances, Forgiveness, and Moving On. It is Book 1 in the Welcome to Ruby series for debut author Cynthia Herron. Cynthia really "knocked it out of the park" with her Debut book! I am very much looking forward to reading the entire series!
tealovingbookworm 17 days ago
Welcome to a heartwarming story of love, trust, and enduring relationships. This book will make you smile and cry, but will also give you the warm fuzzies! A delightful read – I quickly fell in love with Charla, Sam and his two adorable daughters, Sam’s best bud Horace, Ida Mae and her café, and even Charla’s controlling mother the widow Winthrop. Charla is determined to get a fresh start from her hub-bub of a life in Boston and moves to the quiet town of Ruby, where she feels instantly at home. Thinking that she just wants her independence, she quickly learns that God has other plans for her. The odd times she smells the aroma of chocolate chips baking, a soft hand on her face smelling of lilac, show her that a power stronger than her is at work in her life. God is a God of second chances. Cynthia Herron has written a sweet novel I found to be a delightful read. Not ooey-gooey, but fun and nicely laced with the message of God’s love. I can’t wait for the sequel! I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher and was under no obligation to post a review.
ksucindy 4 months ago
The debut novel by Cynthia Herron was fantastic! Her Hope Discovered is indeed a story of hope. Add to that romance, forgiveness and redemption all rolled into the picturesque town of Ruby. I want to live there. Ms. Herron understands, and paints for us within the pages a beautiful and realistic picture of life in a small town and the all-important sense of community and support that is synonymous with small-town living. Her characters go deep, each with their own imperfections, flaws and baggage from their past that invite us to make them our friends and learn from their choices, wise or otherwise. Charla moves to the small town to escape her corporate job in the city and her overbearing mother. Sam, single father of two daughters since his wife passed three years ago, is intrigued by Charla, but her can't get past all the obstacles in his heart. Can Charla make a home for herself, perhaps even find love in Ruby despite the heart-battles she faces with her mother and ex-boyfriend? Can Sam let go of the past long enough to allow hope for the future into his life? Can love really be strong enough to find forgiveness when it matters most? And at the end, treat yourself to the first chapter of Book 2 in this wonderful series. I can't wait to read it!
SavannaKaiser 4 months ago
If you’re looking for an uplifting and heartfelt read, this book is for you! Her Hope Discovered offers a sweet love story, tucked alongside an endearing community, and will leave your heart inspired and graced with hope. The Missouri Ozark setting, which I’m lucky enough to call home myself, painted the perfect backdrop where coziness and kindness meet. If you’ve never been to the Ozarks before, I guarantee you’ll want to visit after reading this book. :) Each of the characters felt so real, from the moment I met them and instantly loved them. The dialogue flowed so naturally, drawing me right in. You’ll want to climb inside the story world and stay awhile. I know I did. Charla and Sam became friends I longed to see set free of their fears and regrets. Her Hope Discovered is such a lovely debut. Its pages offer much grace, joy and hope for readers. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book. All views expressed are my honest opinion.
Preslaysa 5 months ago
I thoroughly enjoyed Her Hope Discovered. As I read, I connected with the characters and the theme of love and faith. I loved visiting this friendly, small town, and I can't wait to read more by this author!