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Hope is Always Welcome


Books with hope in the title and I guess we all need some hope or we wouldn’t go on.

book cover This book was on the Summer Reading Guide ’19 by Anne Bogel and I bought it, although I did read another of this author’s books Tell Me Three Things before I finally reached this one. I loved Tell Me Three Things  and at present am reading this one. Julie Buxbaum writes YA books but as someone once said to me, any book well written is for everyone and anyone.

This is about Abbi who has asthma and was labelled Baby Hope – and on the day the twin towers came down she was captured in a photograph wearing a crown and grasping a red balloon with the towers behind her collapsing.

The back cover says it is about resilience, reinvention, first love and lifelong friendship, and stories we tell ourselves to survive.


book cover This one is part of the Thunder Point series written by Robyn Carr and published in 2015. This is a story of a woman who has a broken marriage and the loss of a child. The woman’s name is Ginger and she makes a very gutsy as she looks for new hope in her life now and into the future. As ever Robyn Carr writes a very good book with a wide range of interesting characters.

book coverThis is by Australian author Rachael Johns and she has become an author I’ll automatically read. This book is set in Hope Junction and its about a couple who have been burned by life and have the opportunity to grasp something new and positive… if they can find that hope and trust.


book coverFrom my favourite paranormal series comes this book by Nalini Singh. I love her themes and explorations of issues. In this story…Awakening wounded in a darkened cell, their psychic abilities blocked, Aden and Zaira know they must escape. But when the lethal soldiers break free from their mysterious prison, they find themselves in a harsh, inhospitable landscape far from civilization. Their only hope for survival is to make it to the hidden home of a predatory changeling pack that doesn’t welcome outsiders.


book coverThis is another book by an Australian author. Its the story of Augusta – a twin to Julia who is always so good and Augusta – well she gets rather squashed for her forthrightness and view of life.
There is a sombre tone to this book, it is different to what I usually read, yet in a way it has a lot to say about life, death, loss, love, family, community. And about regrets and guilt and eventually a place of acceptance, integration and hope. Its about how lives cross and choices are made.

This story grew on me, its insightful, informative and ultimately hope filled.



Have you any books that shout – hope. Have you read any of these?

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7 thoughts on “Hope is Always Welcome”

  1. I haven’t read Buxbaum in a while, so this one with a hope theme sounds really tempting,

    I haven’t read that Robyn Carr book…adding it to my list. I do like any stories that bring hope to the characters. Thanks for sharing.

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