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The Hope (The Amish of Cedar Grove Series) (The Amish of Cedar Grove Series, 2) Audio CD – CD, November 19, 2019
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Patricia Davids was born and raised in Kansas. After forty years as an NICU nurse, Pat switched careers to become an inspirational writer. She enjoys spending time with her daughter and grandchildren, traveling and playing with her dogs, who think fetch should be a twenty-four-hour-a-day game. When not on the road or throwing a ball, Pat is happily dreaming up new stories.
- Publisher : Harlequin Audio and Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (November 19, 2019)
- Language : English
- Audio CD : 1 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1094004073
- ISBN-13 : 978-1094004075
- Item Weight : 5.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.8 x 1.1 x 5.6 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,229,046 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is the second book in The Amish of Cedar Gove but can be read as a standalone. I look forward to reading the next book in the series.
The Hope is a multifaceted novel. There is the budding romance of Owen and Rebecca, the loss of family, taking care of Grace and looking after the sheep. It was interesting to see how the Amish deal with orphans and how the Englisch do the same. I enjoyed learning about the sheep, I had never heard of Icelandic Sheep, and how many mother's reject their lambs. The story has romance and mystery mixed in with mending broken fences. The Hope was well-written and had a nice steady pace. There was a good flow between Owen and Ruth’s sections. I like that we get to see the situation from both main character's point of view. Once I started listening to The Hope, I kept going in finished it within the day. I loved the ending, but I knew it had to work out. There is another storyline involving the mystery of Grace's mom, that took a huge twist and shows that there is no such thing as a coincidence. The Hope is a captivating story that will tug at your heart.
The narration was equally well-done. The narrator, Christina Traister, gave voice to both characters in a clear, identifiable way. I loved the voice she gave Grace. It was sweet and adorable, but her language made her seem to be much older than three. The expression, inflection and voices she used brought this book to life for me. I will look for more book narrated by this talented voice actress. The publisher generously provided me with a copy of this book upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.
Owen and Ruth have a rocky past -- one that Ruth has never let go of. Owen has always been the man she couldn't count on and, honestly, she really started to annoy me in the first third of the book. She was so mean to him! Uncharitable. Judgmental. Quick to find fault. And he just took it, as if he deserved it. Gah, I wanted to throw something but then, gradually Ruth begins to take responsibility for her thoughts and actions and she starts to change. Adversaries become friends with the potential for so much more. Such great character development and layered storytelling!
I am a huge Patricia Davids fan. I'll buy a book just because her name is on the cover (and for someone who absolutely, positively needs to read the back cover book blurb before buying a book, that's saying something.) She has a gift for creating a captivating community, intriguing characters and page-turning plots that make it hard to put her books down. I found this one especially thrilling because of the mystery sub-plot that made all the rampant emotions zinging around all the edgier.
This is the second book in The Amish of Cedar Grove but it can easily be read as a standalone. Mind you, the hero and heroine and many other characters from The Wish are woven into Owen and Ruth's story which made it all the more fun to read.