In a small community where everyone is holding tight to something, the biggest challenge may be learning to let go.
Hope Springs, North Carolina, is the epitome of small town life-a place filled with quiet streets, a place where there’s not a lot of change. Until three women suddenly find themselves planted there for a season.
Janelle hasn’t gone back to Hope Springs for family reunions since losing her husband. But when she arrives for Christmas and learns that her grandmother is gravely ill, she decides to extend the stay. It isn’t long before she runs into her first love, and feelings that have been dormant for more than a decade are reawakened.
Becca is finally on the trajectory she’s longed for. Having been in the ministry trenches for years, she’s been recruited as the newest speaker of a large Christian women’s conference. But her husband feels called to become the pastor of his late father’s church in Hope Springs.
And Stephanie has the ideal life-married to a doctor in St. Louis with absolutely nothing she has to do. When her cousin Janelle volunteers to stay in Hope Springs and care for their grandmother, she feels strangely compelled to do the same. It’s a decision that will forever change her.
As these women come together, they soon recognize that healing is needed in their hearts, their families, and their churches. God’s plan for them in Hope Springs-is bigger than they ever imagined.
This book was so much fun to read. I enjoyed reading about the cousins. Even though they no longer see each other as often, they still have a childhood bond as close as sisters. Once they got to the reunion and realized their grandmother was sick, they decided to stay close by so they could take care of her. Stephanie’s reasons were a little more selfish. She was actually trying to give herself a “boot camp” for helping others and find her place. It was really fun to learn how different each cousin was and how they lived. They are a black family that grew up next door to a white family. Even though their families were centered around Religion, old “traditions” still played a HUGE part. White people and black people didn’t go to the same church. Even though their children were the best of friends, it just didn’t happen. The only time the two churches got together was for something like a funeral. Their relationships couldn’t go beyond childhood friendships. To know that this really does still exist in todays world, especially here in the South, really makes me sad. I see it all around me.
In Hope Springs, not only do each of the cousins search for their own path and a place for God in their lives, they also deal with a certain amount racial controversy. I love that best friends were of different color. I want my own children to be “color blind” just like the characters in this story!
Hope Springs is well written with a modern day flair. It will remain in my book shelf to be read again and again!
Hi! I’m Crystal Martin, a stay at home mom of 4, living in KY with my high school sweetheart husband of 20+ years. My husband and I are co-bloggers at Cinnamon Hollow where we write about homesteading, travel, beauty, our lives with our kids and pets, fun and free printables as well as the products and services that make our lives just a little bit easier – and a lot more fun!
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