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Hope in My Heart: A Collection of Heartwarming Stories Paperback – September 5, 2013

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Alexis A. Goring is a college graduate with a degree in print journalism from Washington Adventist University in Takoma Park, Maryland. Writing is her passion. She hopes that her stories will touch hearts, bring smiles to faces, and inspire minds to seek God whose love for humanity is unfailing.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 148 pages
  • Publisher: CrossBooks (September 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1462731147
  • ISBN-13: 978-1462731145
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,101,937 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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​Alexis A Goring has written a short and sweet three novella collection. Although the chapters in each of the stories are quite short, and the relationship of the characters seem a bit rushed, at the heart of the collection, these stories are meant to touch your heart with their sweetness. I would recommend this novella collection to readers that enjoy contemporary fiction.

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.
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Format: Kindle Edition
I think I have higher expectations for stories set in modern times. Unless they're supposed to be fantasy, sci fi, paranormal, etc, I want them to be believable and realistic. Unfortunately, I couldn't find a connection with these stories or with the characters.

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*
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Format: Paperback
First, I would say that Alexis Goring has writing skills, and I wish I had been able to read a more in-depth sample of her work, because I'd like to see how she handles more complex development. There were some charming story lines here, but they seemed to get a little lost because so many things were happening at once. A couple of times, I even caught myself thinking that a particular line or paragraph might have hit me emotionally had I been able to find myself more involved with the characters.

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.)
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Format: Kindle Edition
This was a nice book of heartwarming short stories. Most of the stories focused on finding love. There were three tales in this collection and each of the characters had to overcome some sort of obstacle as they searched for romance.

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!
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By her own admission, Alexis Goring hopes that her stories will touch hearts, bring smiles to faces and inspire minds to seek God whose love for humanity is unfailing.

Love Unexpected

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.
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