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Editorial Reviews


Marie Force weaves a magical story with Hoping for Love! I'm totally enamored with Grace and Evan! When I got to the last page I said, "noooooooo I don't want it to be over!" I just love everything about Ms. Force's McCarthys of Gansett Island series! These people have become like family. They make me laugh and cry and dream of love. Grace and Evan's beautiful relationship blooms stunningly in Hoping for Love. Both characters have a lot of questions about their feelings and I love how Ms. Force leads these two down the path of love.
--Joyfully Reviewed

This is the first Gansett Island book I've read, but it's clear that Force makes a habit of creating irresistible characters and dramatic situations. Hang out with Evan and Grace and you'll want to stay on Gansett Island, too! 
--USA Today's Happy Ever After on HOPING FOR LOVE

From the Author

Welcome back to Gansett Island! So far in the McCarthy series, we've seen Mac, Janey and Grant McCarthy as well as their friend Luke Harris lose their hearts to love. And now it's Evan McCarthy's turn. Oh, Evan. . . How fun you were to write in all your confused befuddlement. You've managed to slide through life with nary a thought to love or commitment or anything that smacked of forever--that is until Grace Ryan shows up on Gansett and turns everything upside down. I hope you'll enjoy reading Evan and Grace's story while catching up with some of our favorite Gansett Island residents.
You know what they say about best-laid plans... Well, I'd intended to write Tiffany's book after this one, but as you'll see in HOPING FOR LOVE, Owen and Laura demanded a story of their own, which is included along with some holiday magic--and a wedding--in the next book, SEASON FOR LOVE. The story will then jump forward to the following summer with Tiffany's book, LONGING FOR LOVE. After that, we've got some new characters to explore and Adam McCarthy is still looking for love. So, much more to come from Gansett!
Writing about this family and their life on an island so much like my beloved Block Island has been the most fun I've ever had as a writer. Thank you for embracing my fictional family and for all the lovely reviews you've posted. I appreciate your e-mails and Facebook posts more than you'll ever know. I always love to hear from readers. You can reach me at marie@marieforce.com. If you're not yet on my mailing list and wish to be added for occasional updates on future books, let me know with an e-mail. Also, join us on Facebook at Marie Force Book Talk where we chat about my books, other books we love and lots of stuff that has nothing to do with books! You can also join the fun at the McCarthys of Gansett Island Reader Group where we cover important topics such as which of the Gansett Island men we wouldn't kick out of bed and what actors would play the McCarthy brothers in our fictional movie. When each new book is released, we form a separate group to dish about the new story. You can find the Hoping for Love Reader Group. Come join the fun!
While HOPING FOR LOVE is intended to be a stand-alone story, you will enjoy it more if you read MAID FOR LOVE, FOOL FOR LOVE, READY FOR LOVE and FALLING FOR LOVE first.
Thanks to my brilliant behind-the-scenes team: Linda Ingmanson edits for me and Kristina Brinton does my beautiful covers. Thank you as always to my beta readers extraordinaire, Ronlyn Howe and Kara Conrad, as well as my writing buddy, Jessica Smith, who did a proofread. A special note of thanks to my lovely reader friend, Kat Bonner, who shared her personal journey with lap-band surgery and provided details that greatly enhanced Grace's story. Thank you, Kat, for your generosity and enthusiasm.
Finally, a huge thank you to my wonderful readers who've made it possible for me to live my dream of being a full-time writer. I love you all!

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Product Details

  • Series: Mccarthys of Gansett Island
  • Paperback: 294 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 31, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475028458
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475028454
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (352 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,483,905 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

With more than 3 million books sold, Marie Force is the New York Times, USA Today and Wall Street Journal bestselling, award-winning author of more than 35 contemporary romances. Her New York Times bestselling self-published McCarthys of Gansett Island Series has sold more than 1.5 million e-books since Maid for Love was released in 2011. She is also the author of the New York Times bestselling Fatal Series from Harlequin's Carina Press, as well as the New York Times bestselling Green Mountain Series from Berkley Sensation, among other books and series. Watch for Marie's brand-new Quantum Trilogy in 2015, written under the name of M.S. Force! 

While her husband was in the Navy, Marie lived in Spain, Maryland and Florida, and she is now settled in her home state of Rhode Island. She is the mother of two teenagers and two feisty dogs, Brandy and Louie. 

Join Marie's mailing list at https://marieforce.com for news about new books and upcoming appearances in your area. Follow her on Twitter @marieforce and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MarieForceAuthor. Join one of Marie's many reader groups at https://marieforce.com/connect/. Contact Marie at marie@marieforce.com.

Customer Reviews

The story line and characters are great and the romance is heated.
Amy Barnes
The story pulled me in and I wish I really knew these characters in real life.
Amazon Customer
I love how the books still keep the first couple much a part of the story.
Lucinda Mantel

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By MyLadyKat on March 6, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I don't normally write reviews for books unless I adore the story or I desperately loath it. In Marie Force's newest story, Hoping For Love, she has written a sweet, vulnerable, and beautiful heroine with self esteem issues who strives to overcome them. A HOT McCarthy hero named Evan, and the down to earth residents of Gansett Island.

**********POSSIBLE SPOILERS*************

We get to the story of Evan and Grace pretty quickly.

Grace used to be the "fat girl" before lap band surgery changed that and had a dramatic weight loss in a year. Is this true for lap band patients? Yes, I know from personal experience and I so appreciate Ms. Force's use of tact and sensitivity with the subject. Grace's journey thru self discovery and awareness of self was very moving and emotional to me. Grace had some very real life moments: Knowing that the weight loss occurred but always seeing the 'fat girl' in the mirror, asking yourself 'why is he interested in me?, coming to terms with yourself regarding the physical side of a relationship and letting go and accepting that weight issues will always be a part of your life but it can be controlled. Grace was very real to me.

Evan is a sweet guy - I did NOT like him the 'day after' but I understood him. He is sensitive and sweet to Grace when he realizes he loves her. His reaction when she finally tells him about her surgery was a tear jerker and a 5 Hankie rating.

I GOT Grace. I know why this was a secret she wanted to keep. It's a difficult choice and a polarizing topic of discussion. I was proud of Grace for making this decision...it was a tough one and she is comfortable with it but is was HER choice.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By avid reader on March 18, 2012
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While I enjoyed revisiting the other couples on Gansett Island, I have to say I was disappointed in the primary romance of Grace and Evan since there wasn't enough time spent on them. Just one night makes Evan reevaluate his entire life and change his demeanor? It was just felt unbelievable and rushed. Hope the next book spends more time on the couple and less on the secondary characters.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Karen Lawson on March 7, 2012
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The continuing saga of the McCarthy Series just keeps getting better and better. Marie Force is showing her humorous side with this book, the fifth in the series. If you are already a fan of the McCarthy family, you will not be disappointed with this one. If you haven't read any of this series, do yourself a favor and start at the beginning with Maid for Love. Those of us that watch the calendars for the next installment realize that there will be familiar faces and some new ones in each story and look forward to it.

This is Evan and Grace's turn for their happily ever after. Grace has recently had lap band surgery and has lost over a hundred pounds. She is dumped on the island by an old high school crush who had made a bet with his friends to bed "the whale", her rude high school nickname. Evan, being a noble McCarthy man, sees her in distress and comes to her rescue. As the story progresses, Evan tells Grace, "Aw, Grace. I think it's going to turn out that you're the one who rescued me."

Not only do you get to read their story, you also get to reacquaint yourself with Mac and Maddie and kids, Big Mac and Linda, Grant and Stephanie, and even a glimpse of Ned and Francine. You will get to know a little more about Laura and Owen (their book is next!) and Tiffany and Blaine (I personally can't wait to read that one - it should be hilarious!). For Marie's many fans, this is like a family reunion that we've all been invited to attend. Not only do we get to talk to everyone, but we then get to go to her Facebook page and discuss the book. I have never seen an author so connected to all her fans like Marie is.

So, sit back, relax, get in the island frame of mind and thoroughly enjoy the latest edition of the McCarthy's of Gansett Island. Don't forget to order your favorite drink from the Tiki Bar!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By PTB on March 7, 2012
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I was not a fan Hoping for Love. It spent so much time on the past characters and the upcoming additions to the McCarthy series, what was supposed to be the main plot fell flat for me. Evan and Grace's characters were under developed in my opinion.
That being said, I loved the first four books in the McCarthy series but this was not my favorite. I will still probably read Owen and Laura's story and also Blaine and Tiffany's story. I just didn't like this one as much.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Melody Cox VINE VOICE on September 5, 2013
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This was just an okay book in a great series, for me. I had a difficult time getting into Book 5 and staying with it.

I am also becoming a bit bored of the same type of kisses (ex. licking the bottom lip and more) everyone seems to give and receive in this series. Much of the sexual intimacy is repeated from couple to couple. There is too little variety, after all variety is the spice of life.

I was disappointed but not enough to stop reading the series, so yes, I would recommend this book with the understanding it does not live up to the others, in my opinion.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L. C. MCWILLIAMS on May 1, 2012
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I've read and enjoyed all of the Marie Force books, but this one fell seriously short. Too many plots at the same time, information not clear and you better make real sure you read the last one recently to be able to keep up. I had not read it recently enough! Always great to visit Gansett Island, but I was disappointed in this one.
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