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Emily's Hope Paperback – June 1, 2005
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"I would encourage everyone to read this book, certainly young women." David Beresford --Catholic Insight Magazine
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"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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The story of Emily’s great-grandmother Kathryn (woven into the novel and told around Emily’s story) is that of a woman who entirely lacks the joy in Emily’s own life through rejection of all the good that Emily has embraced. But even this is over come through the hope that triumphs when prayer, faith and love break down the barriers of sin and even of time to bring Jesus’ healing and redemption. There is much good the reader will take away with them from reading Emily’s Hope.
On a side note, I would just like to add NFP is NOT the same thing as rhythm method. Rhythm method is counting days between cycles, and really only women with very regular cycles can use this method. NFP is a scientific approach to knowing one's fertile period based on several indicators, that anyone can read, regardless of cycle regularity.
At the start, petite seventeen-year-old Emily is a student looking for love and going along with modern attitudes despite the resulting conflict with her Catholic faith. This 353 page book is a fascinating journey through Emily's emotional life as she makes many mistakes, marries for love, experiences tragedy, and uncovers a dark secret from her family's past. Through it all, Emily grows in maturity and faith in a believable way, and the reader grows to love Emily while identifying with her trials and tribulations.
The story of Emily's great-grandmother, Katherine, is interspersed skillfully throughout, and gives a disturbing picture of Katherine's hard but selfish life. The consequences of her choices affect so many innocent souls, bur her heart is hardened to the truth, and the reader wonders if there is any hope for Katherine.
Keep in mind that it is certainly not a novel for children or young teens. Many unsavory situations arrive in the course of the story, such as pre-marital sex, suicide, infidelity, and abortion. These things are not used gratuitously, but are essential to the plot, illustrating the far-reaching consequences of such actions. Also, the novel promotes saving sex for marriage and frowns on contraception.
The author obviously put her heart and soul into the writing.
In conclusion, "Emily's Hope" is an absorbing novel with many admirable messages. The characters are vivid, the story engaging, and it may move you to tears while inspiring you.
Author of "Past Suspicion"
and Reviewer for:
and Ivory Tower Press
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.