- File Size: 1280 KB
- Print Length: 265 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: July 22, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00LZFHL7Y
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #371,251 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Restoring Hope Kindle Edition
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Contrary to the comments of several other readers, I found that the use of Cajun expressions greatly enhanced the book. And, in my Kindle edition at least, there is a glossary at the beginning of almost all the local words and phrases used. So I didn't need my Google translator even once...
On the down side, though, I found the story rather predictable and couldn't quite identify with either the male or the female leads. To me Nic seems far too condescending, controlling and caveman-like to be the kind of man a woman like Hope could feel safe with or empowered by. I was also a little disappointed in Hope for settling for another submissive relationship instead of growing up a little more herself. At the very end, though, she does make some powerful decisions, which I thought was a nice touch.
Another weakness of the book is the many punctuation and formatting errors, such as missing paragraph breaks leaving the reader confused as to who is speaking, missing quotation marks, run-on sentences and a few typos.
Although there are some scenes of New-Age, feel-good spirituality (it is New Orleans after all) this is not a major part of the plot. Nonetheless, these parts did seem to add unnecessary weirdness and to contribute to the predictable, clichéed feel of the book.
On the whole, however, it is quite an entertaining romance with a little suspense, some humor and several scenes of gentle sensuality mixed in, too.
Here's my detailed review:
Heroine: 3 stars
Hero: 2 stars
Plot: 3 stars
Writing style: 3 stars
Romance: 4 stars
Suspense: 2 stars
Sensuality: 3 stars
Ending: HEA, no cliffhanger
Would I read another book by this author? Perhaps.
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. Now Hope and Nic are spending tons of time together and it becomes harder and harder to remember why they didn't want to be with each other.
The longer they are together Nic and Rose finally give into their feelings and once the walls are down both know that they can't turn back. But Nic's ex wife wants him back and will do anything she can to get him back, and Hopes secrets that she has kept believing that Nic will leave her when he knows the truth soon become lying to Nic, now Hope is more scared than ever to tell him the truth but knows she has no choice when it becomes clear Nic is the love of her life. With Nics ex, Hopes secrets, and Hopes past both Nic and Rose will have to decide what is most important, the love they found above anything else or the outside world trying to tear them apart.
I LOOOOOVED this book from page one I was hooked and didn't want to put it down. C.P. Smith is a brilliant writer who weave tales that hook you and transport you to a different world. The way she laces her words together creates beauty. And soon after starting this book her characters weren't just characters but people who I quickly grew to love and want to know. Nic was an amazing hero he was everything I could want in my hero, he was possessive, strong, loving, and kind and most importantly wouldn't take crap from his manipulative ex-wife. Hope was strong and kind and loving.
Not only did I love Hope and Nic but the other characters as well (well except the ex-wife). Rose, Big-daddy, Nicky, Hopes friends, and Nics parents just brought more depth to this book and made it more. This book was filled with happiness, and sadness the pain that Nic and Hope experienced was very real when we read it, and their happiness was that much more important and strong because of their pain they experienced.
This was one of the books that you get so wrapped in when you end the book it is too sudden and too quick. It seems that everything C.P. Smith writes turns into magic. I can't wait for anything else she writes. After A Reason To breather(her first book) I knew she was an author I would follow and buy/read anything she wrote, now after Restoring Hope I know that she is an author who I need to read, buy the second I can, and devour everything I can by this magnificent story teller.
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