What Hope Remembers

24105713When Amy Somers loses her job as a lobbyist, she moves to Misty Willow, well aware that she’s crossing bridges she’d burned years before. With all the mistakes she’s made and the uncaring things she’s done–even to her own family–she can hardly believe that happiness will find her, especially when Gabe Kendall, her first crush and her first kiss, rides back into her life atop a buckskin mare.

A former Marine, Gabe is at loose ends after serving a prison sentence for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He sees beyond Amy’s hard exterior to the girl he once knew and loved, and he longs to see her open her heart. Yet with his vision clouded by shame for his past and fears about the future, he finds it difficult to see the path ahead.

But the memory of that long-ago kiss just may have the power to reignite a romance that brings out the best in both of them.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.**

5 StarThe first two books of the Misty Willow series by Johnnie Alexander quickly became favorites of mine. The stories are filled with characters who undergo some sort of transformation. Who they are at the end, are certainly not who they are at the start. They have internal struggles and battles, and ultimately faith and family lead them to change for the better.
I was excited to see what Amy’s story would entail. In the previous two novels, she’s feisty and out to get what she wants. What Hope Remembers starts out with her feeling pretty broken after events in the previous book. We are also introduced to Gabe, another character holding on to a lot of heartache. This particular book, while admittedly a bit slower at time, watches these characters grow and find their place in the community and in a relationship with one another.
I really enjoyed this book. Sometimes, the novels that do not have action on every page are relaxing. The messages of this book stood out to me and I think it was a wonderful conclusion to this series of books. It is certainly one I would recommend. Nevertheless, start with the first book of this series. While each one probably could be read as standalone novels and be read out of order, there is much to appreciate in reading this series from start to finish.

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