Friday, April 21, 2023

HOLDING ON TO HOPE by Janet Ferguson, Reviewed by Winnie Thomas


I was immediately intrigued when I saw Janet Ferguson’s newest book, Holding on to Hope, mainly because the setting is in one of my favorite places--Grand Teton National Park and Jackson, Wyoming. I’ve been there so many times it was easy to visualize the scenery and the ambiance there. Another reason I wanted to read it is because I’ve read most of the author’s other books and enjoyed them. She is a master at creating flawed, hurting, but engaging characters, placing them in challenging situations, and helping them out the other side better and stronger than they were before. 
Hope Rodriguez and Caleb Donnelly are wonderful main characters. They are both so caring and compassionate. As they work together to put together a memorable wedding within two weeks for a friend, encountering many obstacles and problems, they begin to see each other differently. Inspirational themes of family, forgiveness, faith, and hope are strong in this story.

*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy. All opinions are my own.
BackCover Blurb:
A fun road trip romance to the Grand Tetons!

Always the wedding planner, never the bride.

Hope Rodriguez loves planning weddings. There’s nothing more special than helping a bride become a princess for a day, but she’s not sure that’s her calling in life anymore.
If only she had her own special someone. Her only current prospect leaves her with more questions than answers about where she falls in his list of priorities.
Yet, when a lifelong friend asks her to plan a destination wedding across the country in only two weeks, she’ll have to figure out how to pull off the impossible…alone.

After being burned as a child and deserted by his family, Caleb Donnelly has an intimate relationship with pain. Despite all he’s endured, one ache refuses to leave him—the throbbing in his heart where Hope is concerned.
So when Hope needs help with their friend’s wedding, he can’t stop himself from volunteering to travel two thousand miles to Jackson, Wyoming.
As long as he keeps his feelings in check, he might not ruin their friendship. Because a beautiful woman like Hope could never love a scarred man like him. There’s no way their longtime friendship could ever become more.

When Hope and Caleb’s plans go up in flames, it’s their hearts that might never recover.

 Grab your copy of Holding On to Hope...a Southern Contemporary Christian Romance novel from the Coastal Hearts Series.
Southern Sun Press, April, 2023
Available in digital ebook and paperback at Amazon

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