Wings of Hope

Wings of Hope

by Hillary Peak


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781466312197
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/09/2011
Pages: 226
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

Hillary Peak is a recovering idealist. She became a lawyer to change the world and is still somewhat shocked that didn't occur. Now, her goal is to retire from practicing law and write novels that people love.

She is currently a practicing attorney in the District of Columbia. She lives with her family in Alexandria, VA.

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Wings of Hope 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
RGraf on LibraryThing 22 days ago
I enjoy reading. I read a book a day when I can. The majority are enjoyable and I recommend them, but when one grabs your heart and soul it more than one to recommend. It is one to claim as your own and proclaim the book of the year. This is what I found in Hillary Peak¿s book, Wings of Hope.By the end of the first chapter, I found myself with a box of tissue being used regularly. Why? For several reasons. The story itself is one to need tissues. Jules finds out her father only has a few months to live. She travels across the country to be with him and finds herself discovering parts of her father she never imagined. She finds depths to his soul that had been hidden from her for years. From San Francisco to New York to Switzerland and Paris, Jules discovers that she is not only finding new facets to her father. She is also finding herself. The Jules that had been buried for years rises to the surface and takes herself and those around her by surprise.Ms. Peak writes with such deep emotion while not being too flowery or full of unnecessary words. Everything on the pages is for a purpose bringing the reader into the mind of Jules as she sees a father who once could move mountains unable to bring a bite of spaghetti to his mouth. The reader feels the excitement of Europe with her father while sensing the loneliness of being without him coming down the hall of life. The reader feels the resurrection of long thought dead dreams and the hope that sprouts wings to carry one forward to an amazing and unknown future.This reader found herself in this book. I swear Ms. Peak wrote about me. I connected with Jules as I had lost my father to cancer and only afterwards began to find the strength to follow a dream no matter what the cost. Many readers will be able to find themselves in Ms. Peak¿s book and will be reluctant to loan the book out. It is one to keep close by and refer to.Wings of Hope is one of the best books I have read in years and could easily see as the book to read in 2012. Ms. Peak is a talented author with a bright future on her own wings of success.*Disclosure of Material Connection: I am a member of The Virtual Book Tour Cafe' and a copy of this book was provided to me by the author. Although payment may have been received by The Virtual Book Tour Cafe', no payment was received by me in exchange for this review nor was there an obligation to write a positive one. All opinions expressed here are entirely of my own and may not necessarily agree with those of the author, the book's publisher and publicist or the readers of this review. This disclosure is in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255, Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*
BarbsReviews on LibraryThing 22 days ago
Jules's parents got divorced when she was younger and never really spent that much time with her father. He lets her know he is terminally ill and she takes off to New York to spend his last days with him. She gets to know the real man as they travel to a few places he visited as a medical student. This is a touching story of daughter and father getting to know one another before time runs out. The story hit home for me in another way as my husband and I have lost a child and I will never forget the last cherished memories I had with him. This book is a tribute to the author's father and the stories about her father that are in the book are true. I enjoyed reading this book and my husband is now even reading it along with my father. If you have lost someone this is a wonderful read. You will cry at times and other things will hit home for you as well. A must read.
Lawreignsupreme More than 1 year ago
Wings of Hope focuses on the main character, Julia, and her growing relationship with her father as he finally reveals his life secrets to her. A very loving and endearing story, it reads like literary short fiction. If you are not looking for high, intense conflict, but something to touch your heart while keeping you entertained then this is the story for you. The story starts out strong. We learn Julia is a 27-year-old woman who’s managed to find a nice job even though it is not the one she wants, a good apartment, and even though she is in a relationship with a Mr. Right, he’s the wrong Mr. Right for her. Even though I do think Julia can be mean and snooty, I find her relatable. She could be your boss, your next door neighbor, the popular girl in high school. Julia keeps me reading long into the novel. Then I find myself 76 pages into the story. I start to hear less about Julia’s issues and more about her father’s experience with World War II. At first these anecdotes are quite amusing, but I want conflict. I want to know will Julia break up with Mr. Right Now? Will she pursue her real life career? How are these stories her father tells connected and furthering the story? Are they just stories? And will Coco the 3 year old English Toy Spaniel be swept back to the shelter because Julia and her father refused to follow policy when first adopting her? Thankfully these questions all get answered in the story, leaving me content and quite happy. A story that starts strong, becoming slow in the middle picks up enough momentum to keep me engaged till the very end. Good job Miss. Peak. You are on your way to defining a generation.
Tribute_Books_Reviews More than 1 year ago
What really matters in life when death is near? Novelist Hillary E. Peak examines that question with compassion and heart-rending humanity in her work, Wings of Hope. It is a poignant, intimate look at the final days of a still developing, father-daughter relationship. When Dr. Solomon Weinstein is diagnosed with a brain tumor and given weeks to live, he makes a heartfelt plea to his daughter, Jules, asking her to stay with him until the end. What complicates matters is that Jules knows her father only as a long-time acquaintance rather than a devoted parent. Spending intermittent holidays and vacations with him throughout her childhood, she never had the opportunity to understand Sol's motivation for walking out on his family to advance his career. Would he have any regrets? Would he even express them to her? Peak handles what could be a tension-filled backstory with a light touch. Surprisingly, Jules doesn't harbor any anger or resentment toward Sol for choosing to further his ambition over the responsibility of being an involved father figure. Instead, she leaves her job, apartment and boyfriend behind in San Francisco to attend to her father's needs in New York. She makes the sacrifice of uprooting her life in order to be there for him, something he chose not to do when the roles were reversed. It is a noble gesture that is subtly woven through the pages, and it is a facet of Jules' character deserving of added emphasis. Dying is never an easy or painless ordeal, and Peak cushions the blow by detailing the freedom and wealth surrounding Sol Weinstein. He lives in a posh, Manhattan apartment complete with a sympathetic doorman and private car service. He has the financial means to travel to Europe at a moment's notice, staying in the best hotels with his daughter and eating at the finest restaurants. And when his condition begins to rapidly deteriorate, he is able to afford in-home hospice care. Having money allows Sol to live his final days the way most dream about, but never realize. Peak has a deft hand in tempering difficult emotional material with the fantasy lifestyle surrounding her characters. She creates a painful portrait of losing a parent coupled with flights of fancy - dining atop the Eiffel Tower, sipping Mimosas on a trans-Atlantic flight, attending a night out at the opera. These details of luxurious living help ease the building tension providing the reader with breathing space from the impending conclusion of the narrative. Peak realistically portrays the sudden removal of Sol from the story's dialogue during his final days. As he finds it difficult to speak, eat, even drink, his voice is sorely missed in the remaining pages. As a reader, it is easy to get caught up in his inner transformation and the bit-by-bit unveiling of his life story, that his physical deterioration still comes as a shock. There is an inherent feeling that more is needed from this character, but it is, in fact, too late. Peak shows that even while a person is still outwardly alive, the intrinsic element of an individual's personality can be lost ahead of time with the inability to communicate. It is a powerful, and moving, lesson. Overall, the essential message of Wings of Hope is to cultivate a spirit of joy de vivre. It is through the simple things like enjoying a freshly brewed cup of coffee or taking the dog for a walk that a person feels truly alive. But most of all, it's having the companionship of someone who will listen - who will hear our life story and be changed because of it. It's about knowing that every individual makes a difference in the world, no matter how small. And Jules was able to provide that lasting sense of fulfillment and contentment to her father by allowing his life story to influence her own - and in turn, the reader's.
ClaireFrith More than 1 year ago
Wings of Hope is a heart-wrenching book about a daughter spending time with her father is his last days of his illness. This book isn't overly long, however it is an emotional ride from start to finish. At the start of the book, Jules learns of her father Solomon's terminal illness, and leaves San Francisco to be with him in New York. She hopes to learn more about her dad's past, something he was never really open with. What she learns is more than she could ever expect. Her father tells his story, which includes amazing feats such as surviving World War II, going to Medical school in Switzerland only knowing a few words of French, writing a physiology textbook which is still being used 50 years on and much more. All the while, Jules meets someone in Paris, discovers what dreams truly mean and watches her father's health slowly deteriorate until death. The story will take you on a journey of marvel and leave you breathless. So grab a copy quick!!
dreamer2229 More than 1 year ago
This story really resonated with me. I connected with Jules from page one and laughed and cried along with her during the story. I am coming to the age where the roles between parent and child are beginning to reverse. I have already seen a little bit of it with helping my parents with their computers and cell phones, but I know the day is coming when it will be me taking care of them rather than them taking care of me. It is hard for me to imagine my fiercely independent parents as needing to be taken care of, but they are getting older and that day will come sooner than I want. The only thing that seemed out of place to me was her immediate physical and intense emotional connection with Jacques. It just seemed out of character. Otherwise a great read. My favorite part was the quotes that started each chapter. My favorite is below the day when God will deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is contained in these two words, Wait and hope. ~Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo (1845), Chapter 117 I am glad to give this book 4 out of 5 clouds.