Sunday, June 10, 2012
In a small community where everyone is holding tight to something, the biggest challenge may be learning to let go. Publisher's Weekly had this to say about Hope Springs: In this engaging novel, Tate expertly crafts an intriguing narrative that explores unrequited love, true faith, and the complicated politics of change in the Christian church.
There are many characters, as intimated by the two family trees that open the book, but a lot of plot comes packed with nearly all of them-sisters, cousins, and all.
This is an uplifting, Christ-oriented book that deals with faith, love, and race. I loved the way the characters were focused on Jesus and following the plans He has for their lives. There are parts that had me stoppping to worship. There are a lot of characters and it was a little confusing at first to get to know them all but after a bit you do.
Grandma Geri's family are coming for Christmas but the unexpected death of their neighbor and good friend, Pastor Jim, brings them in early and even brings in more of the family than expected. There is a common bond between Geri's family and Pastor Jim's which isn't revealed til the end of the book.
It was not expected.
The romances are predictable but still enjoyable to read about. The two young pastors bring a lot into the story as they try to unite this small community.
I received a copy of this book free from the Thomas Nelson Publishers in exchange for an honest review.