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Restoring Hope by [Smith, CP]
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Length: 291 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 827 KB
  • Print Length: 291 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: July 22, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #275,831 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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After reading Mrs. Smith's first book I was hooked, the second I saw this book I tried to buy it. The problem was it wasn't out yet. I guess in all of my excitement at finding another of her books I didn't think to check the release date *sigh*. So it stands to reason that the day this book was released I went to Amazon and hit one of my favorite one touch buttons and bought this books. From the first page I was hooked.

Nic isn't the man he was years ago he was happily married and had two great children he loved more than anything in the world. Now it's only Nic and his son Nicky. Finding his wife in bed with another man Nic left and then his daughter started using drugs and overdosed. Now when Nic isn't with his son he almost always winds up at Rose's bar drinking the night away only to go home with the guilt of his daughter's death.

Hope is on the run never staying long in one place only enough time to make enough money to leave again and thats all that New Orleans is But Rose (hope's boss and Nic's friend) has other ideas in particular to get two people she cares about that both have been through pain together and when she see's they are so obviously attracted to each other her plan goes into hyperdrive.

Though they are both attracted to each other Nics belief that his only job is to watch over his son and make sure he is happy while having no room for his own happiness, and Hope's belief that she can never stay in one place or get attached for fear of others safety keep them both from each other. Then Nic see's where Hope lives and Rose so graciously suggests he let her live in his bottom condo while he lives in the top.
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If you like reading books with the Cajun French language then you will love this book. Thankfully the author gives you a glossary of words and phrases used in this book at the start so if you don't speak French don't worry ;)

Although the story involves sensitive issues such as drug use, domestic violence/abuse, death and loss it is beautifully written and as the name suggests it also has hope as a running theme.

Hope is on the run from her past and is determined to blend in wherever she goes, making friends with no one in fear that they will ultimately be hurt because of her. She has suffered through an abusive and tormented marriage and has barely escaped with her life. After arriving in New Orleans and finding herself a job at the Bayou she quickly discovers that keeping her distance from those around her is next to impossible.

Nic is a man tormented by the loss of his only daughter who overdosed on drugs. He blames himself and drinks to ease his pain, the only thing left to live for is his impressionable son Nicky. He has one bitch of an ex-wife and no intention of falling in love again but he is instantly drawn to Hope when he sees her.

Maman Rose - the owner of The Bayou is protective of those she loves and starts playing match maker when she sees the potential love between Nic & Hope. She is one of my favourite characters in this book and her no-nonsense attitude kicks ass!!! The obstacles that Hope and Nic must overcome to be together seem large but when you find love you will do whatever you need to do to keep the ones you love safe.

The charm of New Orleans floats through this book like magic and enhances the story beautifully. The imagery in this book is amazing and made me feel like I was actually visiting New Orleans. If you love a HEA with a sexy but stubborn ALPHA who speaks French no less, then I suggest you start reading this now.
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4 stars

This was a very good story. I liked Hope and Nic and they complimented each other well once they got past their initial inhibitions. I also loved that the story was set in New Orleans.

Hope is a good woman who has had a very bad life. She lost her parents and brother to a car accident when she was young and was raised in Foster care. She went through the typical (and bad) issues that come with being in the system but got out and got a job, happy to be standing on her own two feet. She was working during the day and taking night classes when she met a man. He seemed protective and like he was her Knight in shining armor. Unfortunately, once she married him she found out he was abusive and would kill her if she tried to leave him.

Nic is a Creole born and raised. He grew up in Baton Rouge but now is an architect in New Orleans. He's good at his job and in high demand so his professional life is great but his personal life hasn't been as good. His wife, Kat, cheated on him (multiple times) and after they divorced, their daughter ended up killing herself with a drug overdose. Nic feels he failed his daughter and only hangs on because he still has a son, Nickie, that needs him.

Obviously, Hope does manage to escape her husband and ends up on the run. She winds up in New Orleans and manages to get a job that pays under the table in a local bar run by a nice woman named Rose. Rose is a mother hen and sees that Hope is in trouble. She suspects that Hope's been abused and is on the run and decides to help her. Nic is a frequent customer at the bar. When Nic has his son he'll bring him to the bar for the Creole cooking. When Kat has Nickie, Nic tends to drink at the bar in order to drown his pain and guilt over his daughter.
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