A Hope Remembered is a beautiful love story and beautifully written. Emotions reach out from the pages and surround the reader. The author Stacy Henrie sweeps the reader into the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual growth and development of Nora Lewis and Colin Ashby so expertly one feels like a part of the daily goings on in their lives.
Nora, still grieving the loss of her fiancé Tom in World War One as well as the death of her parents, leaves her Iowa farm and moves to the Lake District in England to claim her inheritance from Henry Lewis, a relative she never met or doesn’t remember meeting. There she meets distant relatives and villagers who make her feel like she belongs.
She also meets the baronet-to-be Colin Ashby of Elemthwaite Hall. Colin also is grieving the loss of a loved one in the war. Christian, his older brother, died while flying his plane in France. Colin is kind to her and helps her get acquainted with her new home. How the friendship evolves keeps the reader turning pages. Theirs seems like an impossible situation as family demands pull Colin in a direction he doesn’t want to go, but guilt keeps him from refusing.
Stacy Henrie, the author, shepherds the reader along as Nora learns a startling family secret, learns about sheep farming, shocks the locals with her independent American woman ways, moves through the stages of grief, and finally realizes she wants to love and be loved again.
The secondary characters, so important to the story, augment the growth of Colin and Nora as the two of them deal with mounting conflicts. Regardless of the difficulties, love creeps in and refuses to leave. As Nora and Colin struggle to find their own place in the scheme of things in post-war England, their deep faith in God, their giving and forgiving love make poignant reading. As their love reaches out to encompass and help others, it lifts the story to yet and even higher level of enjoyment for the reader.
A Hope Remembered is a compelling story, a keeper to be enjoyed more than once.
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