Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Blog Tour ~ "The Truth About Hope" by Kate James + tour giveaway!

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

The Truth About Hope
by Kate James
Adult Contemporary Romance
May 1st 2015 by Harlequin Heartwarming

Who is Hope Wilson?

Is she the girl her former hometown thinks she is? Or the girl Luke Carter once loved—and maybe still does?

When Hope returns to Canyon Creek, Texas, to honor her
father’s last wishes, there’s only one person on her mind: her high school sweetheart, Luke. The boy she lied to when she had to leave Canyon Creek as a teen, finding it easier to hide what she really felt than deal with the grief of loss. Her father’s fortune could make a big difference to Canyon Creek—but Hope finds that the townspeople have a long memory about his misdeeds. With a plan to make amends on his behalf, Hope learns the truth about herself. And the truth about love.

My thoughts:  The main character has the perfect name, Hope.  When the book begins there are many things going wrong in her life.  Her mother has just passed away and she is forced to move from Texas to California with a father she has never know.  She leaves behind family and the boy she loved, Luke.

The book is told in a narrative style. It's normally not my favorite writing style, but Kate James does a great job of making it work.  She was able to keep my interest in the story and characters.

The characters make a lot of mistakes.  Many of the past mistakes have made Kate a victim.  The mistakes of her parents have left a hole in her life.  Her mother was wonderful.  Her father was controlling and absent.  Their breakup left a community on the break of financial ruin. Yes, that is extreme, but a central part of the story.

Hope then made her own mistake when she burned the emotional bridge to the town where she grew up.  She made sure that it would not be easy to return.  She wouldn't have if her father hadn't stipulated it in his will.

I really liked that Hope was loving.  In spite of her circumstances she was able to surround herself with good friends whom she cared for and they returned the feelings.  Her love and longing for animals showed the strength of her character.  In spite of the many obstacles in her way, she continued to press forward and make the best of her circumstance.

I found the book about rectifying mistakes. Can one make amends?  Can happiness be found?  This is part of Hope's journey.  A difficult journey to discover the answers to the questions.

This book is clean.  I received a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest opinion.  I give this book 4 out of 5 stars.

Kate James spent much of her childhood abroad before attending university in Canada. She built a successful business career, but her passion has always been literature. As a result Kate turned her energy to her love of the written word. Her writing has been recognized with a number of awards, including first place honors for Silver Linings in both the First Coast Romance Writers' Published Beacon Contest and ACRA's Heart of Excellence Readers’ Choice Award. Her November Harlequin Heartwarming release, A Child's Christmas, received first-place honors from Southern Magic, the Birmingham Chapter of the Romance Writers of America, for the 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence!

Kate married her husband, Ken, in an elegant, ocean-front wedding on a tropical island. When they are not traveling, they split their time between their properties in southern and central Ontario in Canada, with their beloved black Labs, Harley and Logan.

Kate’s next novel is the first book in her K-9 Squad Trilogy, and is scheduled for release on October 1, 2015.

Follow the Tour:

April 24th - Launch
April 26th - Word Wranglers & Write & Rewrite
April 27th - Underneath the Covers
April 29th - Zerina Blossom's Books
April 30th - I Am A Reader
May 8th - Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

$30 Amazon Gift Card (INT)
5 Print Copies of The Truth About Hope (US/CAN Only)
1 ebook of The Truth About Hope (INT)
Ends May 15th

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  1. Thank you for hosting me on you blog, Lisa, and for the review!

    Happy reading.


  2. Not my usual style but it quite appeals to me after reading your review! I like the sound of Hope :D

    Abi xx

  3. I just bought this one and am enjoying it so far :)

  4. I really enjoy 2nd chance romances. Thanks for this opportunity.


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