Book Review: Shadows of Hope

This book is about a couple struggling to conceive which negatively affects their marriage. The husbands cheats on his wife with one of his students who happens to work at the coffee shop his wife frequently visits. The wife is the student’s favorite customer and soon turns into her closest friend and confidant when she finds out she is pregnant.

Georgiana Daniels wrote this book involving so many conflicting feelings which really helped me to feel drawn to almost all the characters and empathize with them. Anyone who has read at least one of my blog posts reviewing books knows that characters are very important to me. Their characteristics and development make or break the story for me. This story was a hit because the author included so many perspectives within one book and I was able to relate, argue and cry with various characters in the story. The author didn’t make the characters overly annoying but none of them are portrayed as perfect which makes them more realistic.

This novel was especially suspenseful because the decisions of each character were not set in stone. Readers have no way of knowing how each character would come to their final decision because their situations were so difficult to deal with and there was clearly no right or wrong way of dealing with the situation without consequences.

Have you ever read a book that made you feel heartache? This book was emotionally painful for me because I was so sad that the wife’s husband would cheat on her. It was not easy to read, but the ending was such a great resolution to most of the characters’ developments throughout the plot. It is obvious that this not an ending for the characters though, which makes it the perfect beginning for a series.

I would recommend this book to everyone. First of all, it’s a great read. It makes the reader think: “what would I do in this situation?”. It also has so many points for people to discuss with each other. I give this book a 5 out of 5.

Book Review: The Pirate Bride

This fictional book is written by Kathleen Y’Barbo and has a great storyline which combines a fascinating plot of history between the French, Spaniards and privateers. Ultimately, I like this book because the author put down so many good ideas and I could tell she really used her imagination to write a creative story. Most of the book was great although some parts seemed to drag.

In all honesty it is my opinion that the author did not put enough focus on many parts of the book. I would have loved to read more on the background of Maribel’s parents and why her father lied to her and took her away from her mother and grandfather. What first drew her mother Mary to her father and why is there an irreparable rift between them at the time of the story? I think it would have added so much to the overall story to hear more on the events leading up to the deaths of Jean-Luc’s mother and baby brother and then years later his wife and newborn baby. These events have many emotions tied into them and motivated Jean-Luc’s actions later in life so I think they should have had more space in the book. I also feel like I was missing out on the story of Israel Bennet and his search for his wife and then the start to their family.

Especially toward the end, the book read as if the author was in a hurry to finish it. It was quite a disappointment because I find getting to the end of a book to be bittersweet and do my best to enjoy the last pages. Due to the sense of urgency in the book’s last chapter, I felt as if the author was pushing me to hurry along and finish it. The feelings between Maribel and Jean-Luc were rushed the most toward the end and it made their declarations of love seem very phony. Had the author taken more time and consideration I think the ending would have had a much more memorable and sweet touch to it.

I give this book 3 out of 5. It’s a great book to read in a couple sittings or to be drawn out by a couple weeks.