What Hope Remembers (Misty Willow Book #3)

What Hope Remembers (Misty Willow Book #3)

by Johnnie Alexander

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When Amy Somers loses her job as a lobbyist, she moves to Misty Willow, well aware that she's crossing bridges she'd burned years before. With all the mistakes she's made and the uncaring things she's done--even to her own family--she can hardly believe that happiness will find her, especially when Gabe Kendall, her first crush and her first kiss, rides back into her life atop a buckskin mare.

A former Marine, Gabe is at loose ends after serving a prison sentence for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He sees beyond Amy's hard exterior to the girl he once knew and loved, and he longs to see her open her heart. Yet with his vision clouded by shame for his past and fears about the future, he finds it difficult to see the path ahead.

But the memory of that long-ago kiss just may have the power to reignite a romance that brings out the best in both of them.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781493407194
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 05/02/2017
Series: Misty Willow , #3
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 573,039
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Johnnie Alexander is the award-winning author of Where Treasure Hides and Where She Belongs, as well as an accomplished essayist and poet. Her Misty Willow Series was inspired by a 19th century house she lived in as a teen. Join her at www.johnnie-alexander.com to experience the love of random travel and the joy of treasured moments.
Johnnie Alexander is the award-winning author of Where Treasure Hides and Where She Belongs. Johnnie is an accomplished essayist and poet whose work has appeared in the Guideposts anthology A Cup of Christmas Cheer. In addition to writing, she enjoys reading, spending time with her grandchildren, and taking road trips. She lives near Memphis, Tennessee.

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What Hope Remembers 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
PTBradley More than 1 year ago
What Hope Remembers by Johnnie Alexander kept me up past one o’clock this morning, but who needs sleep when you have to know how the story ends! I loved this story about Amy and Gabe, two very imperfect people. In the other two Misty Willow, Amy was the one you love to hate, but in What Hope Remembers, Alexander reveals the hurt and pain behind her actions. And Gabe. He is the perfect hero. Wounded and unfairly accused…I love the way she redeems both characters. This is a book you won’t want to put down! You don’t have to read the other two books in the series to know what’s going on, but they are so beautifully written, you will definitely want to.
joyful334209 More than 1 year ago
What Hope Remembers is a fantastic book. Amy is a nob, she walks all over people, she can be verbally abusive. She leaves that life - the only life she's known - and goes to Misty Willow - back home - why? Well because - nah - you have to read the book ...but it is an incredibly good reason. While there she sees Gabe, an old beau. He is also hurting from things in his past. Is there things in his past? Is there any electricity between them or is it just spaghetti rope? Do they deal with the pain from their pasts or do they keep it inside like they always do? Do they see each other can she heal or will she stay the same awful self? I received a copy of this book from Revell. All the opinions of this book are my own.
MichelleKrim More than 1 year ago
This story moved me to tears! With characters that were real and relatable, it completely drew me in. I was so emotionally invested in Amy and Gabe's futures that it was difficult to stop reading because I had to find out what would happen. I loved how the author took Amy on a journey through the series. It’s always nice when a character that was initially unlikeable gets their chance for redemption. I'm also glad she chose to have Amy deal with an eating disorder. I feel that's not something that's written about as often as it should be and hopefully this story can make a difference in someone's life. Plot: After living in the city, Amy Somers comes back to her hometown of Misty Willow to get her life back on track. She's done some things she's not proud of and needs to make some changes. Newly released from prison, Gabe Kendall goes to stay with his Aunt Tess on her struggling horse farm. Overcoming his past won't be easy, but reuniting with his first love, Amy, might make things more interesting. But Amy's former co-worker Logan wants to bring her back to the city, and he'll do almost anything to win her back. Characters: Both Amy and Gabe have been through some really tough times, but they're trying to overcome the past and move on with their lives. I enjoyed also seeing some scenes through Tess and Logan's point of view. It made for a nicely rounded story and definitely added to the tension of wondering how anyone would get a happy ending. Content: This story is definitely safe for any readers. There wasn't anything I'd consider objectionable. The spiritual content was on the lighter side and was woven into the story. Even those who don't usually read inspirational can enjoy this book. Recommendation: I'd highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys contemporary romance. While it's the third book in the series, it can stand alone. I'm sad to be leaving Misty Willow, but I look forward to reading more books from this author. Rating: 4.5/5 stars I received a copy of this book from Revell. This review is my honest opinion.
ARS8 More than 1 year ago
I have followed The Misty Willow series from the beginning and I was very much invested in Amy’s story. After her cousin A.J. and her brother Brett have found true love, Amy’s life seems to be going nowhere. All three of them have known heartache and searing loss with the loss of their parents and now recently their grandmother. However, Amy’s cousin and brother seemed to have moved on with love and happiness in their new families. Amy was a hard character to like at first, as I remembered how callous she seemed in the first book. By the second book’s ending I was looking forward to her story and happily ever after. Carrying a load of guilt, she had made some really poor decisions in her life. Struggling with an eating disorder and the shame of letting men use her, she certainly does not think she is worth much and not only that but the lure of prestige and money is a temptation to her. Her first crush and true friend, Gabe Kendall has come back to help his aunt out with her stables. He has never forgotten Amy but due to some darkness in his past and sorting through what his now future looks like, he does not believe he can offer Amy much. These two have a lot to sort out and sometimes I just wanted to sit them down and make them both listen. But both were dealing with feelings of inadequacy and loads of guilt that they needed to find their own path through. This was a heartfelt and bittersweet read of two young loves who meet up again years later after many mistakes. I think there was a lot of lessons here of learning to let go of your past and the shame that goes with poor choices and life decisions and to grasp your second chance and live the life you were made for. There is much more going on in this novel, the love story just really stood out for me and I recommend the whole series about this family and the lessons of not letting prior generations mistakes be the only way to continue. I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions expressed are my own.
CandiceSuePatterson More than 1 year ago
What Hope Remembers is book three of Alexander's Misty Willow series and is a nice conclusion to the Somers family saga. Set in rural Ohio, this romance features two broken characters fighting for a fresh start. With pasts that both bond them together and makes their future relationship challenging, this story brings the Somers family together, heals, and brings true faith to light. The twist at the end caught me completely off guard, which was nice as that doesn't happen often. This book reads as a standalone novel, however, I recommend reading the entire series in order to better appreciate Amy's character. I give this book four stars, and I'm looking forward to what Ms. Alexander brings us next!
BrittanyMc More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed returning to Misty Willow in this third book of the Misty Willow series. I loved seeing what was going on in the lives of the couples from the previous two books. If you haven’t read the first two books, I think What Hope Remembers can stand alone pretty well. The reader will not get the full effect of the changes Amy has gone through and will have to work to understand some of the background references to the history of the land and historic buildings in the novel. If you want the full picture, definitely read the series in order. Gabe was such a great character. I liked him from the start and my opinion of him continued to grow all throughout the story. What a stand up guy! I have to admit that while I liked Amy a whole lot more than in the previous books, I just did not really connect with her in this novel. I did feel for her and wanted things to work out for both of these characters. She was definitely a tough character and did improve greatly from the other books in the series. It was interesting to see her back story and find out how this trilogy wrapped up. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
MelissaF More than 1 year ago
I have loved this series. It is the third and each one has held me captive and I didn’t want to stop reading. I wasn’t sure if I would like this book because Amy is not very likable at all in the previous books, although we do get to see her soften slightly at the end of the 2nd. She still isn’t overly likable at first in this book but as we get to know her and her brokenness we begin to sympathize with her and understand why she does the things she does. Gabe is a great hero but with a past of his own that he isn’t proud of. He is drawn to Amy and I sensed a protectiveness in him early on. He would take care of her if she would let him. I also enjoyed meeting up with the characters from previous books and seeing what was going on in their lives. If you love a good romance I think you will enjoy this one. A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher. All opinions are my own.
BethErin More than 1 year ago
Our leading lady Amy is haunted by her past mistakes and feels unworthy, lonely, and cast aside despite the presence and support of her family. Former boy-next-door Gabe returns to the only place that feels like home and unexpectedly discovers his first love living right across the road. This sweet rural romance has an intriguing mystery thread and lots of down home country living fun. Readers will enjoy catching up with characters from the first two books while getting to know Amy and Gabe. What Hope Remembers is a lovely conclusion to the Misty Willow series! I requested the opportunity to read this book through the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.
VJoyPalmer More than 1 year ago
What Hope Remembers is a sweet, lyrical story with surprising depth! Simply beautiful! This story is so full of spring and summer vibes, I can almost taste the cool breeze blowing through the luscious green grass and dainty willow trees. And I love the author's nods to Cary Grant and J. R. R. Tolkien! Also, if you're a fan of cowboys and horses, then this is another reason you will love What Hope Remembers. Both Gabe and Amy need a fresh start. Amy has taken a lot of wrong turns on her journey, and after hitting her ultimate low, she gets a wake up call. She's desperate to change, but worried she can't - or won't - be able to change, and she thinks that maybe she doesn't deserve a happy ending. Gabe struggles with guilt, wishing he was able to do the past differently. He's no stranger to loss, rejection, or the stigma that accompanies his past. What Hope Remembers is a story of second chances and new beginnings as Gabe and Amy experience God's redemptive grace. On a romantic note - because I love the romantic notes - I love, love, love stories of first love and/or unrequited love! It was so sweet seeing Gabe and Amy find their way back to each other in this sweet romance. *happy sigh* Four Stars - A wonderful story! What Hope Remembers is the last book in Johnnie Alexander's Misty Willow Series. Even though this is a separate story, it builds off of the first two books, Where She Belongs and When Love Arrives, and has an intricate backstory, so I highly recommend reading the series in order. I received a copy of What Hope Remembers by Johnnie Alexander from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. All opinions expressed are my own.
CafinatedReads2009 More than 1 year ago
A story of redemption, second chances and characters that weasel their way into your heart to stay, Ms. Alexander’s What Hope Remembers is fantastically done. I instantly transported to Misty Willow(which, in my mind, wasn’t hard to do since I live in Willow Spring!) and settle right in for the long haul of Amy and Gabe’s story. I loved watching the story unfold and felt like I was among family.  Amy, Gabe and Aunt Tess are my favorites! I loved Gabe and Aunt Tess’ characters the most! They really fit well in the story. Amy’s character was also a great fit. I loved the way Ms. Alexander chiseled her and her flaws. Watching them come to terms with their past, present and their future really took my breath away, in a good way, of course! Gabe’s not so perfect past really opened my heart to him. I can’t imagine going through what he went through, and the mama bear in me wanted to wrap him up in a big old hug!  From start to finish, you’ll be completely wrapped up and taken on a whirl wind ride of hope! It is the third book in the series, yet the first one I read. It’s easily a stand alone novel and I highly recommend it, with 4 stars to all! It’s a story of long ago loves, soul searching, learning to forgive yourself and trust in God. Great job, Ms. Alexander! Can’t wait to read more of your books.  * received a complimentary copy of this book from Revell Reads and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
Britney_Adams More than 1 year ago
It was such a pleasure to return to the community of Misty Willow! Having read the first two books in this series, I was eager to discover more about Amy Somers and delve deeper into her story. I enjoyed Amy’s rekindled relationship with Gabe Kendall and the navigation of their dramatic journey. I also enjoyed revisiting beloved characters from previous stories. Heartfelt and emotional, What Hope Remembers is a lovely addition to a charming series! I received a complimentary copy of this book. No review was required, and all thoughts expressed are my own.
lolly-pops More than 1 year ago
WHAT HOPE REMEMBERS is the third book in Ms. Alexander's Misty Willow series, but it easily stands alone. I didn't not read either of the prior two books in the series (though I do have one of them in my two read pile that I hope to get to soon. A romance, there is a touch of mystery as someone is trying to shut the stables that Gabe's aunt owns down but it doesn't really read suspenseful until near the end. It is more of a romance, with two downtrodden adults struggling to make sense of all the bad that defines them (and they even sum it up in one word, though boatloads could be extracted from that word). They both go about their daily lives, attracted to each other, but lying about it to themselves and getting involved with others even though they don't "feel" it. I couldn't relate to the characters as well as I would've liked. There was something there, a quality in the writing maybe, that kept me as a reader distant and I couldn't find it in me to care one way or another. The horses and the child were a nice addition to the story. I will go back and read the other book in the series that I have and we'll see if I feel different about the characters/story in that book. If you like contemporary romance, horses, and a tiny touch of suspense, or if you've read Johnnie Alexander's books before, then pick up a copy of WHAT HOPE REMEMBERS. "I was provided a free copy of this book. All opinions are my own."
tmurrell2 More than 1 year ago
Amy Somers is now back home in Misty Willow. She's staying in her grandmother's cottage while she regroups and tries to figure out where she's headed in life. She misses the big city in some ways, but she can't go back to who she was and what she did. When she sees Gabe again after many years, she pretends she doesn't know him. It isn't because of his recent release from prison. It's because she needs to protect her heart. And who would want her anyway, when they realize what type of person she is. This was a sweet, but complicated story. I've read one of the previous books, so I knew the characters. But it took me a few chapters to refresh my memory and place everyone again. There are still complications going on with the land and the people who live there. The author added drama, a little bit of mystery, and lots of faith and romance. The characters fit their parts well and played off of each other to the benefit of the plot. I enjoyed the story, although it did have some sad elements. Overall, readers who enjoy Christian fiction with a touch of drama and sweet romance will enjoy this book. I received a copy of this book from Revell Reads. All thoughts expressed are my own.
jewelrydiva More than 1 year ago
What Hope Remembers is the third story in the Misty Willow Series and this book features that little stinker, Amy. She wasn't so nice in the other two books and I wondered what her story was. Well, the author did a beautiful job of getting us into Amy's head and heart. This story not only had a sweet romance, but a bit of action and mystery as well. The end packed a big punch and I couldn't go to sleep until I finished it. The ending had me gushing "awww!!" I love sweet happily ever after endings. Especially when there was so much turmoil and pain to get through. I really enjoyed the book and I highly recommend it and all of this author's books. *I was given this book by the publisher and was under no obligation to leave a review.