Hope Hunter dreamed of becoming a professional artist like her grandmother, Henrietta Debose. As a child prodigy studying under the master oil painter, Hope was well on her way, until her 17th birthday when she abandoned her dream to marry Terrence. Their marriage lasted 21 years until his gambling addiction cost them everything.
After a bitter divorce, Hope's grandmother dies, leaves Hope's father out of her will, and bequeaths her estate to Hope, including the house on Cherry Blossom Lane. With renewed optimism, Hope relaunches her dream.
Hope has three weeks to prepare for the grand opening of the Hope Gallery. But life happens and unexpected challenges threaten to kill Hope's dream.
Her daughter, Jessica, and 3-year-old granddaughter, Emma, move in with her. Jessica's abusive husband threatens to take Emma and Hope's ex moves to town with his new wife. Hope's father, Marvin, contests his mother's will and gives Hope thirty days to get out of the house. Then, a blizzard wipes out her grand opening.
How much is too much? At what point should she give up?
Weighted down by problems and overwhelmed by doubt, Hope concludes, "Forty-one year old divorcees weren't meant to be dreamers."
But then - she gets back up...
Hope of Cherry Blossom Lane is a page turning contemporary fiction novel for the dreamer in all of us. It's about love, finding out what really matters, forgiveness, reconciliation, and hope.
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About the Author
Richard's unique perspective on life is rooted in his many experiences as musician, radio personality, minister, and voiceover talent.
Richard grew up in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and after high school was accepted into the U.S. Navy Band as a trombonist. While in the Navy Band he became interested in radio, enrolled in the Tidewater School of Broadcasting and quickly landed his first radio job in Norfolk, Virginia.
For 30+ years Richard was the Burt half of the popular morning radio duo of Burt and Kurt, entertaining listeners in Jackson, Mississippi; Tampa, Florida; Houston, Texas; and Birmingham, Alabama.
While in Birmingham Richard prepared for the ministry at Southeastern Bible College and Samford University which led to a fifteen year ministerial career serving as pastor of several Alabama churches.
He has been married to Janet for more than 40 years and has two sons, Sean and Michael.
Hope of Cherry Blossom Lane is Richard's sixth novel.
His previous books are Miracle at Gabriel's Rock, Alexandra's Song, Farewell PFC Polk, In the Valley of Hope, and Fifth Sunday: The Loving Hands Murder.