Hope's Promise

Hope's Promise

by Tammy Barley

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In their first year of marriage, Jake and Jessica Bennett find their faith tested by drought, cattle stampedes, and the betrayal of a trusted friend.

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ISBN-13: 9781603742955
Publisher: Whitaker House
Publication date: 02/01/2010
Series: Sierra Chronicles
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 1,031,588
File size: 421 KB

About the Author

Tammy Barley’s roots run deep and wide across the United States. With Cherokee heritage and such ancestors as James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok, Ralph Waldo Emerson, and Henry David Thoreau, she essentially inherited her literary vocation and her preferred setting: the Wild West. An avid equestrian, Tammy has ridden horseback over Western mountains and rugged trails in Arizona. She won second place in the Golden Rose Contest in the category of inspiration romance, and she serves as a judge for various fiction contests. Tammy has lived in twenty-eight towns in eight different states, but the family currently makes its home in Crystal Lake, Illinois.

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Hope's Promise 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hope's Promise was such a good read. Just like Love's Rescue it kept me wondering what was going to happen next. I love the characters. I like the suggestive nature.
tbsomeday More than 1 year ago
I raced straight into book two after falling in love with book one, Love's Rescue, which was wonderful! It was great to be back in the company of friends--I always love a good series and things at the ranch are exciting and fast paced as always. I am amazed at how the author can keep page after page after page so interesting. Tammy Barley must do a huge amount of research for her writing because every last detail is authentic. She will have you running the full range of emotions; sorrow, laughter, anger and joy. This is so much more than "just another romance". God's message is also once again woven into the story line in an uplifting way that will leave you feeling full of faith. The basic premise of the story is that Jess and Jake continue to struggle to keep the ranch and their dreams alive. Jess secretly struggles with her inability to conceive a child while Jake worries over her mysterious sadness that is creating a distance between their hearts. At the same time everyone's life is in danger from unknown attackers who especially want Jess dead. The end of the book reveals some surprising truths about who has been responsible for many of these threats. It was a shocker! I gave book one 5 stars and though this was also an excellent read, I did find a little trouble with Jess hiding the truth behind her sorrow. She sometimes seems too self centered like one reviewer mentioned and this made her harder to relate to. Book one was full of the romance of Jake and Jess falling in love, which is always such a thrill and I think I was missing that "rush" this time around. I still recommend it as a beautiful story you won't regret reading. Though I'm sure it could stand alone I think you'd regret not being able to read book one-it was fantastic!
A_J_Hawke More than 1 year ago
Jake is a great hero. Jessica is a wonderful heroine and HOPE'S PROMISE is an exciting western historical romance with a mystery thrown in for good measure. I enjoyed this story and enjoyed Tammy Barley's ability to describe the settings, characters, and events. Usually I can figure out the ending but this one caught me by surprise. Very satisfying. I recommend HOPE'S PROMISE by Tammy Barley.
AmandaCabot More than 1 year ago
While the War Between the States rages in the East, newlyweds Jessica Hale and Jake Bennett face unexpected battles in Nevada Territory. As if the drought weren't enough, threatening their cattle and their plans for raising Thoroughbreds, the couple must deal with continuing hatred of Indians and Southerners while they learn to overcome their own insecurities. Once again, Tammy Barley delivers an action-packed story, weaving in fascinating details of both Paiute and Chinese culture. One word of caution: don't start reading this at night unless you're prepared to lose a lot of sleep.
uberanne More than 1 year ago
Sometimes coming into a trilogy mid-way is like coming late to a party where you don't know a single person. I haven't read LOVE'S RESCUE yet, but the author is so adroit in bringing the reader up to speed that I never felt like the odd-man out. HOPE'S PROMISE is an evocative page-turner written by a woman with deep ties to the West. I grew up reading Zane Grey and some of the action in this book reminded me of his work--and that's high praise. By the time I closed the book I felt like I've lived among the Paiute in the high desert beneath the Sierras where horses are king and love abounds. Tammy's description of western landscape is so fresh and intimate I found myself rereading descriptive phrases for pure joy. Her seamless pacing picked up as the protagonists and their little community began to be beset by peril, and it ebbed as the characters' needs were met. I was all ready for a happy-ever-after ending until I remembered that this is only book #2. The author's left something delicious for the sequel and I, for one, can't wait to taste it. I'm adding Tammy Barley to my "must read" list.
Deborah_Anderson More than 1 year ago
Jess Hale has three dreams: to live her life beside Jake Bennett, give him children, and to raise horses on a ranch. She accomplishes two of her dreams when she and Jake are married at his father's farm. As a wedding gift, Jake gives Jess a herd of Thoroughbreds. They head back to Honey Lake Valley, Jake's ranch in the Sierra Nevadas. When they're close to arriving home, Jess swells with excitement-until she lays her hand on her stomach and thinks about her barrenness. Will Jake be happy with her now? Their trip comes to a temporary halt when sudden gunfire breaks out. Jess's horse rears up, throwing her to the ground. Before Jake can help Jess up, an image flashes before her eyes. She sees large, black smudges marring the ground at Jake's ranch. The same place where the workshop, supply shed, and stable had once been. To make matters worse, she and Jake discover that the Paiute Indians, who have always been their friends, are the ones shooting at them. But she and Jake don't know why. Jake, in turn, worries that all the turmoil will cause Jess to leave him. And he surely doesn't want that. She's the love of his life. By the end of this story, I fell in love with all of the characters, not wanting to see them go. In addition, the author's word imagery is like brush strokes on a canvas, creating vivid art for the reader to see. The author also weaves in elements of our nation's heritage, and she does so in a way that's not languid or boring. (Think Gilbert Morris.) Because of this, I walked away with more than a great story. I now have a love for the Paiute Indians as well. Even though Hope's Promise is the second book in the Sierra Chronicles Series, it can definitely stand alone. I highly recommend this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago