REVIEW: Resurrecting Hope by Jane Anthony

What an enthralling book.. a second chance romance which at times was not easy reading with descriptions of violence and domestic abuse…but where there was darkness there was also light and a careful balance was maintained throughout ……..

In many ways this was a book of two halves…the first half focused on the chance encounter and fraught relationship between the two protagonists, Hank and Hope, full of heated exchanges, passion, mistrust, secrets and insecurity.. the second half developed into a fast paced thriller and a more sinister plot emerged……

The premise for the story is not complex but it’s execution makes it feel different….this difference is due to the depth of the characters and the narrative and most significantly the manner in which the dynamic story is told through the eyes of the two main characters interspersed with journal entries from the past and occasional flashbacks..this approach may sound confusing but in this instance it adds another layer to the storytelling…

Hope’s abuse was so sensitively dealt with; I felt an emotional connection along with the menace, fear and anger she experienced..I definitely need a Hank in my life he is gorgeous, sexy, protective and a skilled handyman, what more could a woman desire…in fact all the characters are interesting and the supporting cast of family and friends provide additional shades of light and dark..

I would like to take a moment to mention the awesome playlist provided by the author….I know nowadays it has become almost an essential addition to every book and is rarely mentioned in reviews but the playlist on this occasion truly provided a perfect soundtrack to the unfolding events from a romantic rock ballad like Sweet Home Alabama to a classic song for stalkers in Every Breath you Take…..

..this was an emotional, dark and heart warming story and I look forward to searching out more books by this skilled writer……This book was reviewed for Summer’s Eve Reads…

~Sheena (5/5)

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