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Review: Where Hope Begins by Catherine West

When people say a book hooks them from the beginning, Where Hope Begins really snatches you and doesn’t let you go until you turn that last page. Not only that and the review ratings can back this up is this an amazing book. I don’t even think there are words that could capture the experience of this book. It’ll get you riled up on an emotional journey taking sides and feeling all sorts of emotions that for those of you who have been in her shoes, it’s really hit home.

The book really opens with a bang. I’m talking about you know who side your going to take instantly. When Savannah is introduced in the book, you are immediately put in her shoes. When she finds out her husband, after everything they have gone through, decides to leave her with the request of a divorce, she retreats to her parents’ lake house to figure out how to put her life back together. Side note - there was many times here that if there was a character that you wanted to reach out and yell at, it was towards him. Even though she doesn’t know if she is coming or going, people are put in her life at the right moment and she finds a glimpse of hope and sense of purpose that begins a journey of healing for her. 

I really loved her time in the book at the Lake House. The transformation of being broken yet opening up yourself really showed us something really special. Savannah has been through so much and has carried the burden for many years of a tragedy that has plagued her and then the loss of her child, we really get to the core of her. It was so impactful how she handled, dealt with and worked through this testing period of her life. You talk about the power of strength and forgiveness. The wisdom she gained from Clarice, the friendship that developed with Brock (I wish they had ended up together) and the joy she gained from being around his daughter healed her pain from her own loss but gave her a sense of purpose that she was worthy of love.

Overall, there is absolutely nothing that I didn’t like about this book. Actually, I know that I like many books but this is my favorite this year. If a book makes you that interested that you can’t put it down, than it serves it purpose. So many women out there who have been in this situation will relate and for those who have been in the shoes of Savannah, the author gives the reader a strong novel of the power of the through the good and bad, forgiveness and a true definition of second chances. This is one of the books that will leave such an impression that it will not be forgettable. Beautiful written story, memorable characters and a plot that will have you not wanting to put the book down. This is a definite add to the TBR pile!

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