1. What Hope Remembers #3
    What Hope Remembers #3
    Johnnie Alexander
    Revell / 2017 / Trade Paperback
    $9.79 Retail: $15.00 Save 35% ($5.21)
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  1. Canada
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An excruciatingly thrilling read that broke my heart in places.
    November 28, 2017
    KavR
    Canada
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Well, my heart is in a hundred knots tied so tight it hurts! I really didn't want to read Amy's story. Really, I didn't. But I love this series and the way Johnnie Alexander spins a tale so I took the plunge and got emotionally pummeled for my trouble. But it's all good -- pain means growth, both for heroines and readers.

    So, this is the third book in the Misty Willow series, but each book reads as a standalone. Though fans of the series will be thrilled to meet up with AJ and Shelby and Brett and Dani (heroes and heroines from books one and two) in this final story.

    I love homecoming stories -- the power to change that comes from embracing what you ran away from int he first place. Lots of scope for angsty plotlines which follow both Amy and Gabe to Misty Willow. She plays self-defeating mind games that keep her frozen in a dark place. He is burdened by a guilt that isn't his to bear. Two hurting souls, once young and innocent and on the verge of fledgling love. But a whole lot of living has happened in the past decade or so and it seems like they will never capture their lost love.

    Sometimes I had to put this book down and practice deep breathing exercises to calm myself down before I could bring myself to face more of the harrowing journey that leads to Amy and Gabe's happily-ever-after. In fact, I will confess to sneaking a peek at the last page -- a very short but hope-filled epilogue -- just to convince myself to keep reading. Yes, I get that involved with my characters.

    And if the romantical journey isn't enough to leave a reader gnashing her teeth and pulling out her hair, a villainous subplot nearly tipped me over the edge. I do so enjoy seething over a truly conniving bad guy...as long as he gets his comeuppance by the end.

    An excruciatingly thrilling read that broke my heart in places.
  2. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    Very Good
    September 9, 2017
    Kate
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    Johnnie Alexander's third book in her Misty Willow series, What Hope Remembers, is a wonderful story full of interpersonal conflict, tension, and hard fought resolution. However, I do recommend reading the previous books before delving into this one. Unfortunately I did not go this route, and struggled to catch all the nuances of the story, which most likely would have deepened the story's message.

    In spite of this, I did enjoy the tale Alexander wove together. The main characters held very real challenges I could identify with and were set amid a plot that kept me entertained until the end. I enjoyed the interplay between the cast as well as the tension Alexander created within her storyline. The theme of reconciliation and new beginnings was also refreshing. Now I just need to go back and read the first two books to fill in some holes

    Overall this was an enjoyable read that will be sure to entertain and encourage readers.

    *I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my honest review.
  3. FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    JESUS is my hope
    June 15, 2017
    joyful334209
    FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
  4. FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    JESUS is my hope
    June 15, 2017
    joyful334209
    FL
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    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.
  5. Midwest
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Romance, forgiveness, family and surprises...
    June 2, 2017
    Jen Pen
    Midwest
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    SUMMARY:

    Returning home to her childhood community after a heartbreaking situation, Amy Somers isn't exactly proud of the person she has recently become. Not having stayed especially close to her family, Amy can only wonder how she will be accepted back. When her high-school sweetheart, Gabe Kendall, rides into town, memories surround her even as she realizes Gabe may have some history due to personal choices as well. Romance, forgiveness, family and sweetness combine with a dash of country charm in the newest Misty Willow series novel by author Johnnie Alexander.

    A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS:

    Having read one of the previous books in this series, I had hoped to revisit some of the characters yet again. Though this novel works as a stand-alone, it works even better when read with the series. A strong contemporary writer with just enough pizazz in her storyline to make it enjoyable, What Hopes Remembers is full of gentleness, understanding, love and surprises. Taking place on the ranch of Whisper Lane Stables is an added delight for horse lovers. Wonderful addition to a well-written series.

    RATING:

    4 (out of 5) pennies

    *I received a complimentary copy of What Hope Remembers from Revell Publishing for my honest review*
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