My Unexpected Hope

My Unexpected Hope

by Tammy L. Gray

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ISBN-13: 9781542045797
Publisher: Brilliance Publishing
Publication date: 06/27/2017
Pages: 332
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Tammy L. Gray writes modern Christian romances with true-to-life characters and culturally relevant plotlines. She believes that hope and healing can be found through high-quality fiction that inspires and provokes change. Writing has given her a platform to combine her passion with her ministry. She lives in the Dallas area with her family. They love all things Texas, including the erratic weather patterns. Visit her online at www.tammylgray.com.

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My Unexpected Hope 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
BethErin More than 1 year ago
I often use the phrase “beauty from ashes” to describe stories that illustrate God’s restorative grace in action yet “beauty from flaming ruins” seems more appropriate here. The depth of pain and destruction from living in a culture of addiction and abuse are difficult for those of us who have not experienced it to comprehend. This story is filled with authentically flawed characters, complex situations, and tangled emotions. If you like your books fluffy, neat, and tidy this one might not be for you but if you’re like me and crave stories that will challenge your thinking and raise your level of compassion, don’t miss My Unexpected Hope. I requested the opportunity to read this book through the author. The opinions expressed are my own.
jewelrydiva More than 1 year ago
Wow! Sometimes a book can really settle into your soul and bring out all kinds of emotions. This one did that for me. This book deals with the hero, Chad who has an addiction to alcohol. He has been an addict almost since his first drink. His wife, Laila who has been a loving and supportive wife until his almost overdose, had enough. She filed for divorce. This book is about recovery, forgiveness, and reconciliation. There is also a bit of suspense too. This author is a favorite of mine. She does an excellent job of pulling me into the pages right there with the characters. I feel their pain. I feel their loss. I feel their longing for more. I feel their love. I'm always a huge fan for the under dog. I love to cheer them on. There is victory, or can be. It's never too late to reclaim the years the locusts have eaten. This book was an inspiration to me and I loved every single page. I highly recommend this book and I do pray there is more to come in this series. *I was given a copy of this book via netgalley by the publisher and was under no obligation to leave a review
Heidi_Reads More than 1 year ago
This is a great follow up novel to My Hope Next Door. I highly recommend reading that book first. In both books there is a powerful theme of redemption and forgiveness. There is a trio of friends who have promised loyalty to each other since childhood, and they grow into adulthood together with neglectful or dysfunctional families as the result of addiction and substance abuse. Katie and Chad have been best friends and understand the darkness in each other, and Laila is Chad's girlfriend and love of his life. Katie and Chad fall into the cycle of substance abuse, and the first book shows Katie's path out of addiction and into a new life with God as the center. This book continues where that one left off, and tells Chad's story of recovery and his struggle to win Laila back when she starts to make a new life for herself. While there are dark and heavy issues explored, there is a current of hope that emerges as Laila and Chad begin to finally communicate and share long-held secrets. It takes time to build trust again, and I was rooting for them even when they were too discouraged in themselves. Plenty of angst and drama, but also romantic moments and sweet fun interactions as the two soul mates find their way back to each other and themselves despite overwhelming obstacles. (I received a complimentary copy of the book; all opinions in this review are my own)
TawnyM More than 1 year ago
From the very beginning, Laila and Chad’s story was one that intrigued me. When I finally got the chance to read Tammy L. Gray’s My Unexpected Hope, I knew I would not be able to put the book down! It has been a year since Chad and Laila’s divorce was finalized. Wanting her happily ever after, Laila tries to move on. She has found a new place to live in a nearby town and a man who treats her right. However, letting go of the past and moving forward are hard things to do in the small town of Fairfield, Georgia. When Chad learns that his ex-wife has started dating, he knows it is time to go back home. He finally has a stable job and almost a year of sobriety under his belt. Hoping to win back the love of his life, he heads to Fairfield. But will Laila forgive him? Will Chad be able to be the man Laila needs? This story, much like My Hope Next Door, tackled the very real subject of addiction. But that is one thing I love about Ms. Gray’s books: her characters and storylines involve material that is real and applicable to anyone. While it is nice to read a story about a prince falling in love with a commoner, it is not likely to happen to everyone. However, having a friend or family member fall into the trap of addiction is more common. I also love the way that Ms. Gray weaves Truth into these fictional tales, too. It is nice to connect with the problems of a story, but it feels even better to find the solution. Knowing exactly what the characters need the most and waiting for them to grasp the concept is one of my favorite parts of reading Christian fiction. Overall, I think this is a must read if one desires a novel full of romance, drama, forgiveness, and truth. If I had to give My Unexpected Hope a rating, I would give it five out of five stars! I was provided a copy of this book by the author. All opinions in this review are my own.
swissgranny More than 1 year ago
Since I’ve read most of Tammy L. Gray’s previous books, I was expecting an emotional, riveting book tackling hard and sensitive subjects. I definitely was not disappointed. I love how this author can create flawed, realistic, layered characters and immerse them deeply in a compelling tale of love, redemption, and forgiveness. Laila and Chad’s story is very moving and hit me right in the heart. There is a previous book, My Hope Next Door, which involves some of the same characters, but My Unexpected Hope is a stand-alone book. It is not necessary to read the first one to fully love this one. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy from the author and NetGalley. All opinions are my own.
Teach More than 1 year ago
Wow! This book blew me away. I keep thinking 'this book can't be topped' and Tammy L. Gray just tops each one. I didn't think it could get better than the last one...and it did! This story is a spin of from My Hope Next Door. It's the story of Laila and Chad. You don't have to read the other book to enjoy this one, it can stand alone. Laila is a strong young woman married to the childhood love of her life, but addiction tears her marriage to shreds. She is finally getting back on her feet and moving on with her future, when her ex-husband, Chad, shows up. He's sober and clean and he wants her back. But how do you rebuild trust when it's been broken? And is it worth it? I have been in a similar situation in my life, trying to rebuild trust with someone once it was broken. It's so difficult. We didn't even have the added addiction issues. I felt like I was reading real life..and my heart just pounded for them. Gut wrenchingly wonderful. Laila and Chad draw you in and you won't want to come up for air until you know what is going to happen. Well worth every minute it took to read! I was provided a copy of this book by the author. All opinions in this review are my own.
LilacDreams More than 1 year ago
I read My Unexpected Hope because the description sounded intriguing. A year after getting divorced, Laila finally sees a chance to begin again. Her ex-husband Chad, a recovering alcoholic who hears she’s dating, returns to win her back. The story proved a lot grittier than I expected. Laila works as a bartender, an occupation foreign to my lifestyle. Chad is driven by demons I have no concept of. His former drug dealer is ruthless and seemingly untouchable. This isn’t a relaxing novel. Their friend Katie, who led Chad down the road of drugs and alcohol, has now turned her life around and married a pastor’s son. Turns out, this is a sequel to Katie’s story, and it might be better to read My Hope Next Door first. A satisfying ending made me glad I persevered when I preferred to read happier books. Author Tammy Gray writes true-to-life characters and culturally relevant plotlines. Here she portrays a lifestyle too many people are trapped in, and it promotes empathy in those not bearing the cross of drug and/or alcohol abuse. I received a free copy in exchange for my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*I received an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review* This is a "great" story about how far addiction can/will take you. This quote from the book is so perfect: You can try and fight, and maybe even sometimes succeed, but without faith, you cannot call it freedom. It's simply bondage on hold. The story hit so close to home (my past) that my chest literally hurt while reading. Now THAT'S a sign of good storytelling. Tammy L. Gray is so good at writing raw emotion, and making you feel what the character is going through. Do yourself a favor and read this story! You will find yourself challenged too root for the "screw-up," while also identifying with the emotions of he "victim." SO GOOD!
candicervaldez More than 1 year ago
Wow! I could not put this book down. It gave me all the feels. Even though Chad had been a jerk for many years, I found myself rooting for him still. I felt like this book portrayed an addict accurately and did not hold anything back. I LOVED the chemistry. It is wonderful when a book can make you feel the spark between the characters without it getting physical. That is my favorite kind of book and Tammy Gray did a beautiful job from beginning to end. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm More than 1 year ago
I've never read this author before when someone recommended her to me. I love discovering new authors, so I thought I'd give it a chance. I won't list the synopsis here. You can read it for yourself. This book is not an easy book to read. It is not a little feel good inspirational story to warm your heart. Although it will warm your heart, it will also break your heart. There is pain aplenty here, pain that comes from just being treated badly and then pain that comes from the choices people make. But it's also a story of redemption. A story of grace. And a story of mercy. God is good. Even in the bad times, times when a person thinks there's no way out, that no one cares. God is always there. Always. There was a lot of backstory, I believe here, because now that I've read it, I understand there was one that came before. Even though the story was good, it would have been better, I believe, had I read the first book. * I was given a preview copy of this book by the publisher via Net Galley. My opinion is entirely my own.