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Hope in My Heart: A Collection of Heartwarming Stories Paperback – September 5, 2013
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Genre: contemporary, romance
Publisher: WestBow Press
Publication date: November 25, 2015
Number of pages: 148
Content Rating: G
Book Rating: 3 stars
A review copy of this book was provided by SLB Tours.
It takes a lot of talent to be able to write a short story or a novella, because a tight story has to be written--one full of developed characters, conflict/resolution, and it all has to be tied up with a neat little bow--to leave a reader feeling satisfied. This one fell short for me.
When two characters meet for the very first time and it's instant love, there's got to be a good reason as to why. When a woman is tricked into a date with a man whom she's only met twice (very briefly), gets emotional over a prayer on the food, and her friend tells her it's because she's in love, I'm turned off. When a woman breaks up with the man whom she believes is her "one and only" because she hates his haircut and then expects him to still be pining over her a year later and throws a fit because he's not, I feel like I'm reading a story about junior high school, not grown adults.
This collection of stories had a lot of potential, but there isn't enough depth in either the plot or the characters to make it believable.
*I received a copy through Singing Librarian Tours in exchange for an honest review*
A novella only gives a short time to hook the reader, so for me it has to pack a powerful punch. One of the stories focused a little too much on a secondary character, to the point that I mistakenly believed the plot would be centered on her until about halfway through. The other two novellas were based on three people, which I could understand if they were on three paths that merged at the end, but they seemingly had nothing to do with each other.
I hope in her next book Alexis will really dig deep into her characters, because it certainly seemed that she had the capability to do so. If she fleshed out their flaws and endearing qualities, I think she could write a great emotionally-charged novel.
(*I was given a copy of this book by the author to review and give my honest opinion, which I have done.)
In Love Unexpected, a car crash surprisingly brings two lovebirds together. In spite of her animosity, Chandra sees potential in Sebastian.
In The Best Gift, Christina wants to lose some weight to fit into the bridesmaid’s dress for her sister’s wedding. Meanwhile, Jordan’s mom is desperate for her to get married, and gives her an ultimatum: bring a new beau home for Christmas, or, get sent to Sweden. When she re-encounters her old boyfriend (Brian), old sparks are rekindled. Meanwhile, Joshua is shocked when his girlfriend breaks up with him. She doesn’t like that Joshua’s life centers upon her. Joshua realizes he needs to strengthen his relationship with God – God needs to be the center of his life.
In Peace and Love, another Christmas-themed story, three people are seeking some kind of joy over the holiday season. Elle is an unemployed artist and she’s searching for the perfect job. Eric, a divorce attorney, is still reeling from the pain of his parents’ divorce – his parents split when we was a child and he’s never forgiven his mom for abandoning him. Kristine was adopted and before she gets married to Derek, she’s determined to find her birth mother. She’s hired a private investigator to help with the search.
These wonderful stories would make good reads during the holiday season! You can finish a story in one sitting. Such a nice treat for the holidays!
In this first story, a minor car crash brings commitment-wary Sebastian and career woman Chandra together. Neither is looking for romance, but those around them see the potential, and Sebastian and Chandra discover that sometimes love shows up unexpectedly.
I think we all know a guy like Sebastian - he's not a bad guy but rather, he's a good guy, who is just a bit too used having a certain effect on women. Watching him fall in love with Chandra made me smile so many times. I just loved him in Love Unexpected. Chandra's dramatic personality was interesting to watch. While I instantly connected with Sebastian, it took me until Chandra opened Sebastian's card that came with his flowers for me to really identify with her. Goring manages to capture the initial magic of falling in love with a simple joy that warms the heart. The magic in the story is in seeing two people, who for various reasons always believed they would be alone, finding a genuine connection with each other. Their happy ending was engaging and sincere.
The Best Gift
The second story is set at Christmastime, which meant that I was instantly drawn in and attracted to the magic of this special time of year. Christina wants to lose ten pounds so that she can fit into her dress for her sister's wedding. Jordan wishes her mother would simply stop trying to marry her off. And Joshua hopes to be reunited with his ex-girlfriend but eventually leans that the best gift this Christmas will be the restoration of his relationship with God.
I instantly sympathised with Christina's plight.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is like chicken soup for the single woman's soul. All the stories are short and sweet - easy reads for when you're wanting to unwind and relax, or if you're too busy to delve... Read morePublished 12 days ago by Mimi Milan
Was excellent and written very realistic true to life. Made me feel part of the story and couldn't stop reading and gave me feelings with the characters in the stories.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
These charming stories carry a vibe like stepping in to a Hallmark movie. Alexis Goring has good storytelling instincts and a unique writing style.Published 1 month ago by Raelee May Carpenter
This is a sweet, simple, fast read. Three novellas in one book. Not a lot of depth to the stories.
*Thanks to SLBTours for a complimentary copy of this book for review... Read more
The good news is, the writing mechanics were very good. Kudos for that. But the stories were too simplistic and easily resolved, and some of the emotional reactions of the... Read morePublished 3 months ago by BookBabe
Hope In My Heart: A Collection of Heartwarming Stories is a collection of three novellas combined into one book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Emilie Hendryx
Hope in My Heart is an absolutely heartwarming collection of stories by the very talented Alexis Goring. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Mary Manners, author
HOPE IN MY HEART by ALEXIS A GORING is a collection of “heart warming stories”. Love Unexpected, The Best Gift Ever, and Peace and Love. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Kym McNabney
Hope in my Heart by Alexis Goring is a collection of short stories certain to warm your heart and bring a smile to your lips. Read morePublished 13 months ago by DonnaS