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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

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

  • Paperback: 360 pages
  • Publisher: Full Quiver Publishing (June 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0973673605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0973673609
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,100,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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 newest book, "A Subtle Grace," the sequel to "In Name Only," was published earlier this year.

Customer Reviews

I loved this book and look forward to reading it over and over again.
Lindsay Mason
Ellen Gable's characters in "Emily's Hope" were well-developed, and the plot was very relatable, suspenseful, and highly engaging.
victoire805
The story line was a good idea but the book was not carried out very well.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mark Cassanto on September 5, 2005
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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 By Lindsay Mason on September 7, 2005
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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 By L. Power on September 4, 2005
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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 By Krisi Keley on November 3, 2010
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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 By Sarah Reinhard VINE VOICE on April 20, 2009
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By luck -- or, if I'm honest, by a blessing -- I chanced into a copy of Emily's Hope, by Ellen Gable. I wasn't sure about it -- it was in that category of "obviously Catholic" that had me wary.

I shouldn't have worried. It turned out to be a novel that captured my heart and taught me a lesson (or three) about my faith through its story. Gable builds a cast of characters who are real-to-life and whose story resonates with my experience. She weaves in a historical context that made me wonder, the entire book, why it mattered -- and then, when I found out, I learned a lesson I've never really been able to grasp: how sin impacts everything, how one person can impact another through their sinning and, conversely, through their praying.

This book was, for me, valuable catechesis. It's a novel that uses the ideal to teach, though the characters have their flaws and battles to fight.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Schmeidler on January 13, 2011
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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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