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Her Hopes and Dreams
Carrie Farmer, single mom to Molly, working to support them. Victim of spousal abuse by her widowed husband. Slowly putting her life back together. She is in charge of having a shelter built by the construction company she works for so she can help other woman that like herself were being abused but felt like they had no way out. She has also sworn off men.
Noah Winchester has come back from the war. He is beaten and battered and wants peace and quiet. Wants to be left alone since he feels he is better that way, he won't be able to hurt anyone. He has been through too much and battles demons in his mind.
Carrie and Noah live next door to each other. Neither seems to be very happy about that in the beginning, Carrie sees Noah as a very scary man, he is big, hairy and his eyes are clouded. He is the type of man she fears. Noah sees Carrie as a nosy neighbor butting in where she doesn't belong, but also sees shadows in her eyes and wonders what happened to her to put them there. He knows who she is, he knew her ex-husband.
With time and many struggles between the two of them these two form a bond. This story is about that journey and how they come out on the other end of it. It is one of the BEST books I have read. I found myself laughing, holding my breath, passing judgement on my favorite author, ( she really got me angry for parts of this story) and crying my eyes out. Yes I needed many tissues. I couldn't put this book down, I started it one hour before bedtime and finished it the next day. I had to find out what happened to these people. I love this entire series, this is the fourth book in it, but I must say Her Hopes and Dreams is my favorite. The subject matters, abusive relationships and PTSD, are real, and she covered them realistically, no candy coating and with just enough depth.
Terri Osburn never disappoints me but I feel with this book she reached into my heart with her words and held on tight.
- Terri Osborn writes well. With the exception of a few “me and so-and-so” grammar errors, these books are decently written and edited.
- The story lines were varied over the 5 books, and the writing remained true to how the character was defined.
- These are just so formulaic. All of the men are tall, broad shouldered, narrow hipped, ripped, buff, and gorgeous. All of the women are petite, delicate, slender, and beautiful.
- The sex is also formulaic – in every encounter each person has multiple orgasms, every night together features sex all night (don’t these people ever sleep?), and they fall in love based on the quality and quantity of the sex.
- Stereotypes and double standards abound.
- Can we please have books that don’t portray the parents of the main characters as elderly, when they’re barely in their fifties? I get that the main characters tend to be in their late twenties to mid thirties, but the portrayal of their parents is awful. See the comment about stereotypes abounding.
I bought these because I have enjoyed other books by this author. But maybe that’s what I get for buying $1.99 books. You get what you pay for.
When we first meet Carrie in the previous books she was a bruised and battered woman dealing with a crazy husband- who dies! In her own book, Carrie getting stronger, raising her daughter, being friends with not only her ex but his new wife and her family makes for a great story. Add to that mix the sexy Noah Winchester being Carrie's neighbor and coming along with his own bag of PTSD and ignorance of the type of relationship Carrie had with his former friend, and Carrie is in for bumpy road down the path to her hopes and dreams.
I think this novel contains one of the sweetest scenes I have ever read in a book with baby Mollie and Nowuh. I won't give anything away, but this novel is a must read and this scene is an extra bonus!
This series takes place in Tennessee- I live in East Tennessee- so I specifically enjoy the references to the locations, scenery, etc. Gatlinburg is an hour away and usually a Saturday day trip for us so it was sweet Lorelei and Spencer honeymoon there!!
Terri Osburn writes a great love story. Characters with great emotions and some steamy love scenes. I definitely recommend this book and Terri's writing if you like those kinds of things :)