Monday, May 4, 2015

The Truth About Hope by Kate James (Blog Tour + Review + Giveaway)

On Tour with Prism Book Tours.

The Truth About Hope
by Kate James
Adult Contemporary Romance
May 1st 2015 by Harlequin Heartwarming


Who is Hope Wilson?

Is she the girl her former hometown thinks she is? Or the girl Luke Carter once loved—and maybe still does?

When Hope returns to Canyon Creek, Texas, to honor her
father's last wishes, there's only one person on her mind: her high school sweetheart, Luke. The boy she lied to when she had to leave Canyon Creek as a teen, finding it easier to hide what she really felt than deal with the grief of loss. Her father's fortune could make a big difference to Canyon Creek—but Hope finds that the townspeople have a long memory about his misdeeds. With a plan to make amends on his behalf, Hope learns the truth about herself. And the truth about love.


Kate James spent much of her childhood abroad before attending university in Canada. She built a successful business career, but her passion has always been literature. As a result Kate turned her energy to her love of the written word. Her writing has been recognized with a number of awards, including first place honors for Silver Linings in both the First Coast Romance Writers' Published Beacon Contest and ACRA's Heart of Excellence Readers' Choice Award. Her November Harlequin Heartwarming release, A Child's Christmas, received first-place honors from Southern Magic, the Birmingham Chapter of the Romance Writers of America, for the 2015 Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence!

Kate married her husband, Ken, in an elegant, ocean-front wedding on a tropical island. When they are not traveling, they split their time between their properties in southern and central Ontario in Canada, with their beloved black Labs, Harley and Logan.

Kate's next novel is the first book in her K-9 Squad Trilogy, and is scheduled for release on October 1, 2015.


My Thoughts
The Truth About Hope is a bit different from many of the other books I've read in the Harlequin Heartwarming series. The focus is less on romance than I expected. However, I still thought the story was good. The story primarily focuses on Hope and her attempts to repair her father's (and her own) reputation in Canyon Creek. I think my favorite element of the book was the fact that the back story was given such a prominent portion of the book (nearly one-third). Often, there really isn't time to properly divulge all of the details that lead up to the present day, so I appreciated that the author was intentional about including all of that.

I will say that I was disappointed that the romance wasn't portrayed more fully. The rest of the story was good, but the relationship between Luke and Hope was sort of put on the back burner. There were times that I thought the relationship was about to move forward, but then Luke (primarily) would react in a way that I just didn't understand. The end felt rushed and a bit forced. Perhaps this aspect of the story could have been either more thoroughly explored or downplayed further.

Overall, this was a pleasant read. Animal lovers, in particular, will enjoy reading about Hope and Noah's efforts to rescue animals.  [3 stars]

I received a free copy of this book from the author through Prism Book Tours in exchange for my fair and honest review.

Follow the Tour:

April 24th - Launch
April 26th - Word Wranglers & Write & Rewrite
April 27th - Underneath the Covers
April 29th - Zerina Blossom's Books
April 30th - I Am A Reader
May 8th - Grand Finale

Tour Giveaway

$30 Amazon Gift Card (INT)
5 Print Copies of The Truth About Hope (US/CAN Only)
1 ebook of The Truth About Hope (INT)
Ends May 15th

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for hosting me on your blog and for the review of The Truth About Hope.

    Happy readings!

    ReplyDelete

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