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Emily's Hope [Kindle Edition]

Ellen Gable
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Book Description

Emily's Hope is the gripping story of one young woman's physical, emotional, spiritual journey from high school to adulthood. Interspersed throughout the story are flashbacks to Emily's great-grandmother's troubled life, with a climax culminating in the surprising revelation that Emily and her great-grandmother are connected more deeply than by ancestral ties alone. Based on a true story.

“Compelling...a real page turner.”
Damon Owens
host, “NFP: Embracing the Marital Gift”

“There is so much to love about Emily’s Hope -- the innocence of young love, the beautiful, miraculous, healing power of love and the beauty of sacrificial married love and its life-giving splendor. This story is not a fantasy, but is a tender and sensitive portrayal of what makes love real and lasting.”
Jean Heimann, Catholic Fire http://catholicfire.blogspot.com

“Your book is a vehicle for the whole truth behind the Theology of the Body, presented so that people can see how the teachings of the Church are to be followed.”
Joan Hon, author, “A Trip to Medjugorje”

“This book is a must read for anyone who has ever questioned whether living the NFP lifestyle is worth it or ever been resentful of the deprivations of NFP. I loved this book!”
Christopher Blunt
author, “Passport”

“I would encourage everyone to read this book, certainly young women. It is a book I can wholeheartedly recommend.”
David Beresford
Catholic Insight Magazine

“While this book is definitely about NFP, it is also about the love of husbands and wives, the love of parents for their children and the agonizing moral choices we sometimes face. It is also about real people...and about being witnesses to a culture of life in a world overshadowed by a culture of death.”
Kristie Wellman
One More Soul


Editorial Reviews

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"I would encourage everyone to read this book, certainly young women." David Beresford --Catholic Insight Magazine

"While this book is definitely about Natural Family Planning, it is also about the love of husbands and wives, the love of parents for their children and the agonizing moral choices we sometimes face. It is also about real people...and about being witnesses to a culture of life in a world overshadowed by the culture of death." Kristie Wellman --One More Soul Magazine

"There is so much to love about Emily's Hope: the innocence of young love, the beautiful, miraculous, healing power of love and the beauty of sacrificial married love and its life-giving splendor. This story is not a fantasy, but is a tender and sensitive portrayal of what makes love real and lasting." Jean M. Heimann --Catholic Fire

From the Publisher

Emily's Hope has won an "Honorable Mention" Award in the 2006 Independent Publisher Book Awards in the category of "Religious Fiction."

Product Details

  • File Size: 1708 KB
  • Print Length: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Full Quiver Publishing (June 1, 2005)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003JH899A
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,546 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars From a Man's Point of View September 5, 2005
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A challenging book. Certainly not because I couldn't get in to it, but in regard to the clear message that comes through challenging those who may be sitting on the fence with their views on LIFE, FAMILY, and FIDELITY.

As a father of five young children and a CCL certified teacher of NFP, I am grateful for the character development that was so griping and true-to-life. It will be an excellent read for my children when they're older and being prepared for not only the 'real world', but in discerning what God would like them to do with their lives and how they will be learning to embrace all, not just some, of God's commandments to live a moral and upstanding life to the best of their ability.

I highly recommend this book to any parent, and to any teenager.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive first book September 7, 2005
Format:Paperback
What a wonderful first book by Ellen Gable. Once started it's hard to put down. Emily's Hope takes you on a real journey. The characters are well defined and memorable. You share in her struggle to find faith and love in her future, as well as travelling into the past of her great-grandmother. The different value systems of these two women reflect the shifting morals of today. A must read for young women, Emily's Hope educates and entertains at the same time. I loved this book and look forward to reading it over and over again.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Beautiful Story September 4, 2005
Format:Paperback
Emily's Hope is an uplifting story that I very much enjoyed. The author immerses you in the lives of the main characters and invites you to share their journeys. Their stories were so engaging, I found it hard to put the book down.

This beautiful story shows how openness to God's grace can transform us and give us hope, even through suffering. Well done!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful and Inspiring Debut Novel November 3, 2010
Format:Paperback
A beautifully moving story of the challenges and choices in life, Emily's Hope is a portrait of two women whose divergent paths lead them to very different concepts of womanhood, and yet which are, nonetheless, paths intrinsically intertwined.

Emily Greer, an adolescent of the 1970's, begins a project on genealogy for her high school English class that becomes a family mystery which will profoundly intersect with her own journey in life. Although Catholic, the teenage Emily supports, if not fully shares, many of the commonly-held views of her generation regarding sex, marriage and procreation - views which, seemingly, connect her to her independent-minded and enigmatic great-grandmother, Katherine. But after meeting and falling in love with a devout young man she's introduced to by a pen pal in Canada, both her relationship to God and her understanding of the Church's teaching on marriage and family grow, as the couple's love grows from bloom to mature flower. In contrast, Katherine's troubled life and relationships are seen to lead her further from emotional and spiritual fulfillment.

In Emily's Hope, author Ellen Gable presents one of the most misunderstood, and sometimes even contentious, of Catholic teachings - the life-affirming and sacramental understanding of marriage and family that includes Natural Family Planning. Yet rather than simply "instruct" the reader on these teachings, she compassionately weaves the ideas into a touching story of two very real, everyday women, who, one hundred years apart, struggle with difficulties and suffer losses similar to what all human beings face in every era.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kept me up at night! July 7, 2011
Format:Paperback
...in a good way! I read this book 3 or 4 years and several books ago. What I remember most of this book is that I couldn't put it down. I would read it in bed each night and my eyes would sting because although I was sleepy I did not want to stop reading! Ellen Gable's characters in "Emily's Hope" were well-developed, and the plot was very relatable, suspenseful, and highly engaging. "Emily's Hope" is a very entertaining and educational story for readers of any background or belief system. I have given this book as a gift several times. I think it's time to read it again myself!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't Put it Down! January 13, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I downloaded this book on Kindle and I literally couldn't put it down! Ellen Gable brilliantly tells a story of two different generations at the same time, and I found myself rooting and worrying for the characters in both storylines at the same time. I can honestly say that I was a little glad that I had a cold so I could pamper myself and read it in a day! Ha. Besides the interesting present-day love story, she tells a very sad, but realistic story of a woman who lived a tragically unfulfilled life. Interwoven in the story is the tragic reality of abortion, miscarriage, and other real-life issues. The book also helps to enlighten readers about living the truth of the Catholic Faith and raises interest and promotes knowledge of NFP (Natural Family Planning) Great reading. Good job, Ellen! Looking forward to more from you!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read September 9, 2010
Format:Paperback
If you're looking for an novel that will keep you interested while also inspiring you, I'd strongly recommend Emily's Hope by Ellen Hrkach. Far from being "preachy" the book is a page turner with characters you will grow to know and love. Ellen is able to use the gift of fiction and great storytelling to teach some important messages, but they are wrapped in a plot that will pull you in and leave you wanting more. This makes it a great gift option for the young adults and teens in your life, but also for anyone looking to simply enjoy a great book. Enjoy Emily's Hope and then check out "In Name Only", also by Ellen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The characters drew me in from the beginning. While ...
The characters drew me in from the beginning. While Katharine was not a sympathetic character, I found myself routing for her to reform. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Barbara Wood
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Usually love Ellen Gable's books, but could not get into or even finish this one...
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars You won't want to miss this one!
This was an enjoyable and informative book. So much good information about sex in marriage and the relationship of the married couple. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Lori A. Malone
3.0 out of 5 stars Emily's Hope
As a non-Catholic, I must say this book was difficult for me. A Catholic reader would probably enjoy it more. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Barbara J. Couch
4.0 out of 5 stars Emily's Hope
Really good e-book. Ellen Gable is very talented. This story really made you pause and think which is a good thing.
Published 13 months ago by Rene
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
It was a very good read. I couldn't put it down though I don't necessarily agree w the believes of the characters. Can be quite sad/depressing at times.
Published 18 months ago by Irina Esterlis
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Love the reality that this book brings to the readers. A quick and heart touching read. Really enjoyed the book.
Published 19 months ago by J. Wilson
2.0 out of 5 stars Just couldn't finish it
I am not usually one to go back and write a review, but I felt that I should this time. Rarely do I put down a book before I reach the end, but this was one of those books I just... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jeremy Huff
1.0 out of 5 stars Glad it was free
This book wasn't for me. Going back and forth between the past and the present was fine. I love books that discuss prayer, God, living a life for the Lord, but this one didn't do... Read more
Published on August 17, 2012 by Heather Pullins
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story
The story was great, and very moving, but the writing was a little rough in places and could have used some polishing by an editor. Read more
Published on August 4, 2012 by Amazon Customer
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More About the Author

Ellen Gable is a novelist living in Pakenham, Ontario, Canada. She is the author of five books: "Stealing Jenny," a contemporary thriller about a pregnant woman who is kidnapped; "In Name Only" (Gold Medal, Religious Fiction,2010 IPPY Awards), "Come My Beloved" (non-fiction) and "Emily's Hope." The Kindle editions of her novels have been in the top 20 of the Religious Drama category since February, 2012. Ellen is President of the Catholic Writers Guild. She does freelance writing for a variety of websites, and she blogs at "Plot Line and Sinker" http://ellengable.wordpress.com. She and her husband are the creators of the Family Life cartoon which illustrates Catholic family life, a topic she knows much about as the mother of five sons ages 15 to 27. Her new book, "A Subtle Grace," the sequel to "In Name Only," has recently been published.

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