Monday, March 3, 2014

Longing for Home:Hope Springs Review

After closing Longing for Home last year, I have anxiously awaited the arrival of the sequel. I was eager to discover who Katie really ended up with, and how a town torn by hatred could ever begin to heal the wounds in its soul. All this, and more, are answered in Longing for Home: Hope Springs.

Katie Macauley returns after her daring decision to stay in this small Wyoming territory at the end of the last book. She is content with her decision, and believes her future holds a brightness she never dreamed of. In her typical expert style, Eden quickly dashes that illusion by introducing a tragedy that strikes close to the characters' hearts. One act of violence quickly spirals out of control until the whole town is consumed in a feud that threatens everyone. Without ruining some major plot points, the culmination of this violence left me in tears. So much was lost in senseless hate, but seeing the beauty of healing brought hope where things seemed entirely hopeless.

Sarah Eden delivers a beautiful, historical tale that will tug at your heartstrings. The painful truth of how many lives persecution and hatred can destroy is not softened throughout the story, but, like the title suggests, hope springs out of even the darkest moments. The love triangle is resolved in a manner I found satisfying. Rather than feeling like one guy was cheated over another, it made complete sense why Katie made the decision she does in the end. Altogether, I would definitely recommend fans of historical fiction, and touching romances, add this to their list of must-reads.


Katie Macauley gave up her lifelong dream of returning to Ireland in order to make a home for herself in Hope Springs, Wyoming, but her future has never been so uncertain. Katies heart still remains sharply divided between playful Tavish and steady Joseph, though she feels ill-prepared to make a decision. Furthermore, the town is more divided than ever with both the Irish and the Reds stealing property, burning buildings, and endangering lives. In the midst of the growing unrest, tem¬peratures drop quickly, too quickly, and Irish nightmares of fam¬ine and cold resurface as the little Wyoming town struggles to beat the harsh winter. Katie makes one sacrifice after another to keep the peace and help see her loved ones through the difficult days ahead, but will her efforts be enough? Can the town make amends before their hatred consumes them all? And will Katie find the love she has been searching for as well as a home to call her own?

Here about the inspiration behind this story from the author herself!

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