Shadows of Hope

Shadows of Hope

by Georgiana Daniels

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Overview


A story of hope in the aftermath of inconceivable betrayal and broken dreams
 
What if. . .
. . .you struggled with infertility but unknowingly befriended your husband’s pregnant mistress?

What if. . .
. . .the woman you were seeing behind your wife’s back gets pregnant, threatening your job and marriage?

What if. . .
. . .your boyfriend never told you he was married and you discover you’re pregnant?

Crisis pregnancy worker Marissa Moreau suspects her husband is cheating, but little does she know how close to home her husband’s infidelity hits. College student Kaitlyn Farrows is floundering after a relationship with her professor leaves her pregnant. Soon she lands a job and a support system at the local pregnancy resource center and things seem to be turning around. But when Marissa and Kaitlyn become friends, neither one knows they share a connection—Colin, Marissa’s husband and Kaitlyn’s former professor. When their private lives collide, the two women must face the ultimate test of their faith and choose how to move forward as they live in the shadows of hope.
 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781683225454
Publisher: Barbour Publishing, Incorporated
Publication date: 04/01/2018
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 847,953
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author


Georgiana Daniels resides in the beautiful mountains of Arizona with her super-generous husband and three talented daughters. She graduated from Northern Arizona University with a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations and now has the privilege of homeschooling by day and wrestling with the keyboard by night. She enjoys sharing God’s love through fiction and is exceedingly thankful for her own happily ever after.

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CHAPTER 1

Marissa

Seven dollars was a small price to pay for a latte and a little conversation. The rustling of newspapers, the quiet clack of computer keys, and the smooth jazz piped over the speakers were a daily ritual that soothed my anxiety.

"You okay, Marissa?" Tristan Hart dipped his head to meet my eye in a way that showed more concern than that of a typical business partner.

"Fine." The lie slid past my tongue. "It's still a little early."

"If we bought a coffeepot for the office —"

"We wouldn't have to meet at the crack of dawn." I finished his sentence, though it wasn't really the crack of dawn. This close to summer, the Arizona sky lit up well before our standing morning meeting at The Bean.

Buy coffeepot — my burgeoning mental checklist took another hit. The aroma of beans and the gurgle of the espresso machine provided a backdrop to the soft chatter surrounding us. The foamy latte warmed my throat. Caffeinated fortification was exactly what I needed before powering through another day at the pregnancy resource center. The exponential expansion of our client list kept Tristan and me, along with our scant staff, busy.

As if reading my thoughts, Tristan pulled notes from his folio and checked off item one. "How are you coming along on hiring a receptionist?" "The applications weren't impressive."

He removed his reading glasses — a new addition to his army of accessories since he turned forty. According to him, they gave him a look of gravitas that put clients at ease during their counseling sessions. Despite being a man — a fairly handsome one with thick brown hair and an inviting smile — he had the ability to make women in crisis spill their guts to him like he was their big brother or their best friend.

He'd had that effect on me for years.

Tristan set his glasses on the coffee-stained table. "You know, we're not looking for a rocket scientist. We need someone to answer the phones and update the files. Maybe you're getting a little picky." He pinched his fingers together to emphasize his point.

"We need a good fit." By good fit, I meant someone willing to work for a pittance. Those candidates were few and far between, especially if I added compassion as a qualification.

"Can you call the temp agency?"

"Done. Didn't you see the girl they sent yesterday?" I cringed.

His forehead wrinkled. "No."

"That's because I sent her away an hour into her shift." I took another swig to drown out the renewed irritation I felt at the temp worker sending a potential client to the women's clinic down the street just because I was out of the office for a few minutes.

"Can you continue to handle the workload without hiring another person?" "That would be a resounding no." I added Place ad online to my mental checklist, right after Buy coffeepot.

Tristan offered his pen, but I waved him off. "If you'd write everything down like me, you'd get more done." How well he knew me, even more than my own husband.

Tightness gripped my stomach. I pushed the uneaten buttery croissant away, knowing I'd regret it in about an hour. God's got this, God's got this, God's got this. Repeating the phrase kept me sane. I forced a laugh that belied my anxiety. "You take enough notes for the both of us." Since college, in fact, when he was knee-deep in his PhD and I was a late-blooming undergrad. I'd been relying on Tristan, his trusty pen, and his open ear for a big chunk of my adult life.

Concern flickered in his amber eyes, but he let my glib comment stand without probing. More than likely he sensed I was ready to snap, and The Bean was not the proper place for a meltdown. Neither was our pregnancy resource center, New Heights, but at least there he trusted my professionalism to override my personal life.

Or what was left of it.

"Have you heard back on the grant proposal?" I glanced at my smartphone to make sure I hadn't missed an email. "The extra money would be handy. That way I can hire someone who will stick around and hopefully really appreciate what we do." There had been a summer influx of pregnant women in crisis that was straining our budget, but no one was ever turned away — except by the incompetent temp — from our center.

"Still waiting. Funds seem to be tight everywhere." He grimaced and rubbed his forehead. "But we'll rustle something up," he added with an extra dose of cheer that almost had me convinced. Then he pointed his pen straight at me. "In the meantime, you don't need to be shelling any more money out of your pocket."

What about the coffeepot? I wanted to ask but didn't. "Won't make that mistake again. Colin still hasn't forgiven me for my last round of spending." What I'd thought was a stealthy movement of money from my personal account turned out to be yet another point of contention with my husband, but the chance to pitch in to buy a quality used ultrasound machine was too good to pass up. I'd been so excited about the possibilities that I hadn't really considered the consequences. According to Colin, I tended to do that.

At the thought of my husband, I once again checked my phone, unsure whether I really wanted to see the email icon lit or not.

"Speaking of —"

"We'd better get to work." I scooped up my purse, purposely cutting Tristan off before he could talk about my husband. The last thing I needed were red-rimmed eyes to start the day. I had to be one hundred percent present and focused on the clients. They were the ones who mattered. My personal life could be sorted later.

Tristan closed his folio and capped his pen, then folded his napkin and rose to leave. "I'll meet you there."

Relief swelled inside me the moment he walked out the door. I hadn't realized I'd been holding my breath, anticipating the moment our conversation would turn from work to my home life. In all the years Tristan and I had been friends — only friends — I'd valued his input. Enjoyed mulling over situations from his perspective as a friend and as a psychologist. But not now. Definitely not now when I'd have to confess that he'd been right. Right about my decisions, right about my future.

Right about Colin.

I wrapped up the croissant and stuffed it inside my purse.

"Hey, Marissa, do you need a refill to go?" a familiar voice called to me from behind the counter.

"Yes, thanks, Kaitlyn." I handed my cup to my favorite barista, which she rinsed before adding plain coffee. "I didn't realize you were working."

"I got here late. Overslept." Her haphazard ponytail and unusual lack of makeup spoke for themselves. Though she offered a gracious smile, the usual lilt in her voice was absent. Kaitlyn had been happy — so very, very happy, in her words — all semester. Busy with college life, work, and a new boyfriend. Apparently one of the plates she'd been spinning had crashed.

"Late-night study session?"

"No, I'm just super tired," she said pensively. "Thankfully my boss let it slide."

A goateed man with an apron shot her a playful elbow. "This time. Next time you're out of here." He hiked his thumb over his shoulder.

Kaitlyn didn't return his spirited comment. She doused my coffee with cream and secured the lid before handing it over. "Here's some coffee to go with your cream."

I stuffed the tip jar and toasted her with the cup. "Just the way I like it. I'll see you tomorrow." Unless I remembered the coffeepot, which seemed like a bad trade considering how much I enjoyed coming to The Bean.

Kaitlyn offered a feeble goodbye then busied herself behind the counter, wiping at a stain that didn't seem to exist. "I'll be right back," she told her boss before stepping into the back room.

Man troubles — definitely man troubles. Poor girl. I didn't have the heart to warn her that it never really gets better.

The summer breeze kicked up my hair the moment I stepped outside. Just as I reached my car, a buzz in my pocket signaled an incoming email. My stomach clamped. This was what I was waiting for, wasn't it?

I climbed into the car and set my coffee into the cup holder. Dropped my purse onto the passenger seat and turned on the ignition. Pulled out the phone.

Maybe it was nothing.

Or maybe it was everything.

My marriage was disintegrating long before I'd admitted it, and only in the last few months had I begun to acknowledge, even to myself, exactly how troubled it was. I never expected much, but after ten years of marriage I at least wanted some comfort and companionship. A little love and someone to snuggle. Someone to enjoy the late-night news with at the end of a long day.

A baby would be an unexpected bonus.

But reality had doused our fiery passion years ago. I'd tried it all, read the books, watched the television programs that promised that yes, even I could have a great relationship in just five easy steps. The problem was that nothing came easy. Nothing with Colin ever had.

The phone vibrated in my hand.

I wanted to know, right? Wasn't that why I'd gone to the trouble to ferret out the password for his university account and set it up to come to my phone? Tristan had expounded on the myriad of reasons why that was a bad idea. And yet I'd forged ahead, just like I had with the marriage even though I knew the reckless love Colin and I shared would only result in heartache.

Casting a furtive glance around the parking lot, I tapped on the mail icon. It wasn't like he'd know. Colin wasn't savvy when it came to electronics. And besides, experts recommended that couples know each other's passwords and have access to all online accounts. Never mind that it was supposed to be with the other partner's permission.

Request a Meeting.

If I read it quickly and then marked it unread, I could go about my day, at least until another message landed in his inbox ten minutes from now.

I leaned against the headrest and let the air-conditioning wash over my face. Why was I doing this? Tristan was right — I had a penchant for hurting myself. Nothing good could come of this, because even if this email was okay, and the next one and the next one, I'd always be waiting for one that screamed, "Infidelity!"

If only Colin didn't disappear for long periods of time and turn his back while texting, or if he hadn't lost his wedding ring that he never had time to replace. Maybe then I wouldn't be so suspicious, dissecting his body language and filling in the blanks because of all the things he didn't say.

Or maybe suspicion and paranoia were just my nature and I was fighting a losing battle.

I steadied my nerves and opened the email.

I need to see you. Urgent. Thanks!

What kind of meeting with a professor was urgent? The sender was PinkBunny91 — odd, considering all the other messages he received came from accounts with real names. I reread, trying to parse out clues that clearly weren't there. Urgent. The word turned over in my head as I stared at the screen. A car honked, jolting me from my thoughts. Quickly, I marked the message unread.

Like so many things lately, this clue wasn't really a clue. Off, but not suspicious in and of itself. Guilt pressed over me. I'd violated my husband's trust. I wanted to uninstall his email account from my phone — I needed to, for my own sanity.

Yet I left it alone and braced myself for the next notification.

CHAPTER 2

Kaitlyn

Getting knocked up was not on Kaitlyn Farrows's to-do list. Neither was getting a D in biology, but she had evidence of both stuffed at the bottom of her book bag in her work cubby.

Knocked up. Even the words made her dizzy.

No — pregnant, she reminded herself. Not knocked up. That phrase implied that the father wouldn't claim the baby and the woman was alone in the world. No one to turn to, no one to care. That wouldn't be her. Colin would find a legitimate way for them to be together.

She wiped down the front counter at The Bean for the umpteenth time, thankful the morning rush had ended. Although now that she thought about it, she needed the distraction.

The clandestine relationship she and Colin shared was understandable. His position at the university depended on their secrecy — something he'd sworn her to early on. And she never broke a promise.

But the secrecy would come to an end when she told him about the baby. They would be a real family. Everything would be all right.

It had to be.

"You're gonna scrub a hole in it." Jake nudged her and flashed an uncertain grin from underneath his unkempt goatee.

"Sorry, Jake." She stopped the vigorous circles and tossed the rag into a bin hidden under the counter.

"Something's got you bugged." He folded his arms across his skinny chest. "Spill it."

"I got a D in biology." Half true, at least. Jake didn't need to know the other half — that the professor most likely scored her low to avoid the appearance of favoritism. Giving her a C would've sufficed. In fact, it was probably a typo. Colin wouldn't do that to her. He knew how much she valued her education, despite the fact she'd spent more time mooning over him than learning the life cycle of a cell. But once he saw her "urgent" email — one she'd sent from the account she'd started as a teen rather than her university account that could potentially incriminate them both — he'd realize his mistake and fix it, just like he'd fix everything.

"That's a bummer."

"My parents are going to have my head."

"Only if you tell them." He nodded to a customer at the pastry counter then turned back to her. "I don't let mine see. It's definitely a don't ask, don't tell situation."

"Don't tell, for me, would mean I had to pay for it all myself." And if she could, she would, since at twenty-six she was an older sophomore who, by all accounts, should be taking full responsibility for her finances. Thankfully, her parents had been generous, if grudging, about paying for college. It never failed to surprise Kaitlyn just how many strings were attached to the tuition payments. "The Danishes are extra creamy today," she said, turning her attention to the customer who approached the counter. "Would you like to try one?"

The guy smiled in recognition — a fellow student in Colin's class. Her face grew hot, and she hoped he didn't notice. No wonder she'd stopped attending class regularly. She knew she couldn't count on herself not to give her feelings away. After she fulfilled the order, she started wiping down the espresso machine. The scent of the beans and the rhythm of her motions calmed her. Just stick to her routine, and life would be fine.

"I didn't realize your grades were that upsetting."

Kaitlyn jumped at the sight of Jake's face looming over her. "What?" "Your grades. You're crying."

She touched her face, wet with tears she hadn't realized were falling. "Sorry. I know I shouldn't bring personal issues to work." She cast a furtive glance to see if the guy from class was watching.

"Don't apologize. You're the best worker I've got." Concern etched his forehead. "Do you need to go take care of it? Talk to your teacher or something?"

"I don't want to leave you shorthanded." She bit her lip. The only other girls on duty were scrambling to take care of an ever-increasing line at the drive-through window, which was always busier than the inside counter before lunch.

"Hey, I got this. Scram." Jake cocked his head toward the door.

She unwound her apron and mouthed a silent Thank you before leaving the floor. First, she checked her phone. Colin hadn't responded. If she hurried, she could catch him during office hours. The Mathematics and Science Department, with ever-present ears and eyes roaming the building, wasn't the ideal place to tell him about the baby, but going there under the pretense of dealing with her grade would at least get her an appointment.

Unease churned in her stomach. She'd feel better once she talked to Colin. He was so understanding, and she knew he'd do anything to help her. Telling him was the first step in righting the situation, and once that was over, together they could decide how to go forward. With him at her side, she could even handle talking to her parents. They were strict and religious, so they'd definitely be disappointed, but no more than she was in herself.

Cars filled the north campus parking lot. Kaitlyn cruised around, fingers crossed, waiting for someone to leave. She located a spot that seemed suspiciously close to a fire hydrant. It would have to do. Desperate times and whatnot.

(Continues…)



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Shadows of Hope 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 54 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Goob+book+with+a+great+message+and+story.+i+enjoyed+hearing+from+the+three+magor+players+in+the+this+book%2C+Marissa%2C+Colin%2C+and+Kaitlin.+there+is+also+Tristan%2C+who+i+like.+
JamieS More than 1 year ago
This is not only Women's Fiction, but also Christian Fiction. It centers around three main characters, a husband, wife and the other woman. It addresses infertility, and the author handles it very well. Things get complicated when a surprising turn of events shakes up the main characters marriage. This book will make you think, cause you to shed some tears and also I wondered, how would I respond if I were in this situation. I recommend this book as Shadows of Hope by Georgiana Daniels is a wonderful novel filled with lots of twists and turns, as well as heartfelt emotions I received a advanced copy from the editor for my honest review!
LilacDreams More than 1 year ago
Life gets messy, and this book has infidelity, betrayal, and infertility. The two female main characters are so appealing, and stronger than they think. The main male character could use a punch in the nose. Keeps your attention throughout.
KassyParis More than 1 year ago
Shadows of Hope by Georgiana Daniels is the story of three people struggling to make sense of their lives under trying circumstances. Marissa strives to save her marriage to Colin despite his jealousy of her best friend and business partner Tristan. The fact that she hasn’t been able to conceive since her miscarriage drives the wedge between them deeper. Kaitlin, a young student, works as a barista in Marissa’s favorite coffee shop and becomes friends with Marissa. When Marissa confronts Kaitlin about her symptoms, Kaitlin admits she is pregnant and agrees to allow Marissa to help through New Heights, the pregnancy resource center Marissa and Tristan operate for women in crisis. I found the book somewhat slow to get into at the beginning. The story is told in first person in the sections where Marissa has the point of view, but it changes to third person when the point of view moves to Colin and Kaitlin. By the time I got about one-quarter of the way through, the characters and their stories had caught my attention, and I looked forward to getting to the end to see what happens with Marissa, Colin, and Kaitlin. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review. This is my honest opinion.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn’t put it down!
Theologiczero More than 1 year ago
The title and cover do not do this book justice. At first I thought it was going to be another Harlequin type of book with the lead character a damsel in distress and a strong man comes to her rescue. It's not that type of book at all. The lead character has to deal with a crushing blow to her marriage and an even deeper betrayal because of that. The author does a great job of dealing with the crisis head on. It does not end all tidy, nor does the character simply deal with the issues. Instead we see the torment that all the parties go through. We also get to experience the conflicts that occur. It's refreshing to read a book that takes the issues these characters go through seriously and without just brushing over the issues with an unrealistic touch. It is not a doom and gloom book. Rather, it is a book that sees the characters come out the other side, although changed. All the characters seem to go through a metamorphosis of sorts. One that was sorely needed, at least in the husband and wife's lives, and would have happened with this crisis or another. This is not a completely lighthearted book, but it is well written and a very good story. And it gives you the feeling that if you were ever put into a serious situation such as this, you too, could come out on the other side changed, but stronger than before. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for giving me an advanced copy to read. All opinions are my own.
tiggeruoSO More than 1 year ago
This book is done from the first person point of view. The author did write it from all sides, from Marissa, Kaitlyn and Colin's view so you really aren't left wondering what is going on from the other person aspect. This book is very powerful and emotional. I was not a fan of Marissa's mother, I didn't like Colin either I felt like they both blamed her for everything and used her as an emotional punching bag. I did really like Adam and Tristan I felt like they were amazing. I wish the book would have played out different it didn't go the way I was thinking at all. Colin came off as a narcissist and a "victim" to everything it became so annoying. Overall this is one of those books to me is "to each his own". This book is a clean read but does deal with some very tough subjects this may not be suitable for all ages. I received an advance copy from the publisher via NetGalley. I was under no obligation to post a review and have given my honest opinion
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was good but thought the ending could have been better.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This fictional book deals with a real life situation. Given the subject matter there was no way it could end well. The writing was good, the characters were well developed, the story line was realistic. I finished the book, but I was left unsatisfied. There’s enough real life around me, and I like to read to escape. If you want to wade into deep emotional pain on all fronts you will enjoy this book. If you’re looking for escape from reality I would not recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A book not to be missed. I am giving this review of my own volition. I am not being paid. You will love the characters, the story line, and you will not want the book to end.
Melissa Andres More than 1 year ago
When the first thing you think when you finish a book is, "I hope there's a sequel!" you know you've really enjoyed a story! Shadows of Hope was like that for me. I loved it. Each step of the way I stopped to think what would I do? How would I handle? Could I forgive? And a book that drives you to contemplate yourself in such a manner is a success in my eyes! I highly recommend that others take this journey as well. And please...let there be a sequel!!
MzzLily More than 1 year ago
This story had me clinging to my tablet—a real page turner. The emotion packed into each character oozed right off the page. Amid such turmoil, there remains hope throughout. The author gives food for thought, allowing us to see room for forgiveness in this heartbreaking dilemma. The MC, Marissa, holds tightly to her faith as she looks for answers to how—or if—her marriage can be saved. Shadows of Hope is ideal for a book club. There are questions following the story to guide your discussion. It’s easy to see there are no clear choices. The story is told from the POV of each of the three main characters: the infertile wife, the cheating husband, and the pregnant girlfriend. This book is well edited. The pace is wonderful. I will gladly read more from this author. I thought about giving it four stars because I would have liked a few more twists and turns, and I felt the tiniest bit unsatisfied with the ending. But I went with five since I really loved the story so much I couldn’t put it down! I received a free ARC of this book from Barbour Publishing, Inc. via NetGalley. Opinions are my own.
Abby1219 More than 1 year ago
Such an amazing story of forgiveness and hope!
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
Shadows Of Hope Is heart wrenching and it gets you to feel some very strong feelings as you read this. I mean how stupid he is and how awful for her and what an impossible situation. What breaks my heart the most is that this really happens and that this mess and broken hearts and dreams are torn asunder. Let me tell you this, the ending ends in a for real ending not a fluff ending - cool. How do Christians react in this situation? Well you have to read in find out - to be in full disclosure one of the three is not a Christian. I can't imagine going through what they all go through and not have GOD to Lean on. What an awful situation. I received a copy of this book from the Publisher and Netgalley; all of the opinions expressed in this review are all my own. if you would like to read more of my Christian book reviews go to christianlybookreviewers.blogspot.com
Pattistep More than 1 year ago
This book is Christian contemporary fiction. This is not a light and heart-warming book, but a story about what happens when individuals ignore God’s instructions and live only by their emotions. The storyline follows the outcome of that disobedience and the effects on the lives of those involved. There’s quite a twist to this story, and it held my attention through the book. The author did a great job of presenting all three main characters’ points of view. I’ll be honest: The story did not wrap up the way that I would have wished. But I don’t fault the author with this, as I believe she stayed true to how this would probably play out in real life. There are “shadows of hope” throughout this book as we watch Marissa grow in her faith during extremely difficult circumstances. I think many readers will identify with her and possibly be encouraged by reading her story. A good debut novel for this author. I’ll be interested to see her next book. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was not required to give a positive review. This is my honest opinion about thiThiss book.
Ollie1 More than 1 year ago
I read this book fairly quickly and really didn't want to put it down. I found it raw, emotional yet entertaining. It was written from three different character perspectives which was fantastic as I loved getting that glimpse into what they were thinking and feeling as the story unravelled. I also fully appreciated the ending the author wrote. That there was no fairy tale happy ending, but much more of a realistic one. Great book and well worth the read. Thank you to the publisher for a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I am very happy to recommend this book
PatriotMama More than 1 year ago
Shadows of Hope isn't my usual genre in Christian fiction, but I am glad I read this book. It was a very difficult topic & the connections between the main 3 characters was surprising. The author did an excellent job weaving the storyline, from 3 perspectives, together. The story also kept me guessing until the end which I appreciate not being able to predict the ending. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing & was under no obligation to post a review.
Casey Marina Garcia More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! I couldn't put it down. Its not my usual choice of genre, so i was especially pleased.
Suzie_W More than 1 year ago
Three and a half stars Rarely have I read a book that I’ve waffled back and forth so much. From wanting Marissa and Colin to work things out to believing she has just cause to end it, the only thing I stood firm on was how much Colin’s actions had hurt these two women. This book is not an easy one to read. There is not a pat, easy answer to unravel the tangle that Marissa and Colin’s marriage has become. And as a Bible believing, Christian, that says a lot. Throughout this story, I wanted Marissa to find her strength and gain her footing. I was impressed with Kaitlyn’s maturity, and I was disgusted by Colin’s behavior (even though the author tried to throw a little sympathy Colin’s way, it wasn’t near enough to make him a likable character in this story). Readers are pretty much going to wait until the last fifty pages for what you’ve been waiting for the entire book to happen and then everything is tied up quickly, but in a bit of a dissatisfying way. Mostly because I wanted to find out whether these three survive or thrive in the futures they’ve chosen (no spoilers here). Georgiana Daniels definitely made a bold move in this story. Readers often revert to fiction to escape the hurts and disappointments of life, but Shadows of Hope is full of those exact things. The bright spot in this book is the friendship that Marissa and Kaitlyn forge but simply reading the book description is enough to hint that even that might not last. Disclosure statement: I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
Diana0 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. First time i have read any of Georgiana's books won't be last. I couldn't put it down. My heart sure went out for Marissa. I don't think I had done as well as her in this situation. How would you feel finding out your husband has been having a affair and his girlfriend is pregnant with his child? All you wanted was to have his child and can't. At this point all you can do is hold onto your faith and have a hope for a tomorrow. Very well written and loved Marissa's character, I actually felt myself getting very angry with Colin. I think the story will personally touch you.
JLYoung More than 1 year ago
Woah! I just finished this book in one day. I was hooked from the first few pages. I have expected the book to be one I put down 1/3 in. But it wasn’t. It read so fast and the story was so unbelievably realistic. I was impressed the way the author really developed such a solid story with such well developed characters. I loved how she did it from different characters perspectives. That added depth and variety that helped keep the story moving. I could feel what the characters felt. The irony made me tear up at certain points. The only thing I would have changed, and what made me give it 4 stars instead of 5 was the way that Marissa’s parts were all written in 1st person (all others were written in 3rd person). This really drove me nuts. It didn’t flow smoothly back and forth between points of view. Other than this the story was a solid 5. So good. Loved the little bit of spiritual theme throughout. It was just enough. Not over the top and fake but real! Can’t wait to read other work by this author. I received a copy of this book from the publisher. I was in no way obligated to write a review. All opinions are my own.
rhondaryser More than 1 year ago
One woman’s story of love, betrayal, and search for truth. This book has so many aspects of what people maybe going through in their lives in todays world. The betrayal of infidelity in marriage, the spouse that turns to another because of the lack of intimacy in marriage; the inability to have children, and the surprise of finding yourself pregnant outside of marriage by a boyfriend that is married. Through the struggles the characters learn how to deal with their problem leaning on each other and seeking for help and healing with God. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
Virginiaw More than 1 year ago
This book will make you sad and make you cry. I really liked Marissa and Kaitlyn. You don’t want to like Kaitlyn or feel sorry for her since she did cheat with a married man biput since she doesn’t know then you feel bad for her. Marissa and Kaitlyn both learn many life lessons. I didn’t like Colin at all. I enjoyed this story. I received a copy from Barbour Publishing for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
NDowning More than 1 year ago
This was an interesting concept for a book and that is what drew me to it in the first place. I have to admit that it kept me interested and turning the pages. However, I had a few things that I didn't particularly care for. I didn't understand the author's reason for going from first person point of view for one character and third person for the other characters. It was distracting and I didn't like it. I also was disappointed with the ending. Without giving a spoiler, it just didn't have a definitive and satisfying ending. I felt that the author could have ended it better. But overall it was an okay book. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.
SunnieReviews More than 1 year ago
This is the first book of this author that I have read. It isn't my normal genre, but I have to say it was very engaging and had a lot of real life "realities" in it. That being said, the book holds the reader's attention throughout. It was pretty fast moving for the most part. I felt sad that Kaitlyn's relationship with her parents did not help her through the circumstances that she finds herself in. But I am sure that is another real life challenge that often needs addressing. Although Kaitlyn feels remorse for her situation, she doesn't wallow in it, but works to find her path again. I wasn't too happy about Colin as a character, for obvious reasons stated in the book blurb, however, he tries to work through his issues as well. The book was good. Glad I got to read it. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.