Monday 17 January 2011

Take An Emotional Journey: A Review of Restored Hope

My review of the book, Restored Hope by Brenda Youngerman:

Restored Hope by Brenda Youngerman is engrossing, charming and a strong novel about family, heartbreak and emotional repercussions. It is unabashedly sentimental, dramatic and it tugs at your heartstrings, skilfully entwining the reader into the prose.

The book is Samantha’s story, a girl who seems to have the perfect family. It becomes obvious after a terrible tragedy she does not. She suffers loss, and from a lack of trust all her life, until she meets Tim and becomes a part of his family.

The characters are the best part of this novel, with all the empathy and plot flowing through their genuine portrayal. The individual renderings are gently and beautifully crafted to form the nucleus of the novel. I thought the author did a wonderful job with the central character of Samantha, and conveyed just enough sadness with her strength to engage the reader and bridge the connection.

Sometimes the pace of the novel was a bit uneven, occasionally drifting faintly in its course, with parts of the book crammed with information lending the narrative a slight passive feel at times. However, none of that slowed the flow of the book terribly or detracted overly from the story.

I enjoyed Restored Hope, and found it a satisfying read that easily kept my interest from beginning to end.  It is very much recommended.

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Unknown said...

Thank you so much for the review. I'm glad you enjoyed it as much as I enjoy your works. :)

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

Beautifully written review, Anita. You make me want to read this book.

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