By Kim Tate
Published by Thomas Nelson
Book DescriptionIn a small Southern community where everyone is holding tight to something, the biggest challenge may be learning to let go.
Hope Springs, North Carolina, is the epitome of small town life—a place filled with quiet streets where families have been friends for generations, a place where there’s not a lot of change. Until three women suddenly find themselves planted there for a season.
Janelle Evans hasn’t gone back to Hope Springs for family reunions since losing her husband. But when she arrives for Christmas and learns that her grandmother is gravely ill, she decides to extend the stay. It isn’t long before she runs into her first love, and feelings that have been dormant for more than a decade are reawakened. And when Janelle proposes a Bible study a the local diner--and invites both African American and Caucasian women she has met--the group quickly forms a spiritual bond . . . and inadvertently adds to underlying tension in the community.
Becca Anderson is finally on the trajectory she’s longed for. Having been in the ministry trenches for years, she’s been recruited as the newest speaker of a large Christian women’s conference. But her husband feels called to become the pastor of his late father’s church in Hope Springs. Will small town living affect her big ministry dreams?
And Stephanie London has the ideal life—married to a doctor in St. Louis with absolutely nothing she has to do. When her cousin Janelle volunteers to stay in Hope Springs and care for their grandmother, she feels strangely compelled to do the same. It’s a decision that will forever change her.
As these women come together, facing disappointments both public and private, they soon recognize that healing is needed in their hearts, their families, and their churches that have long been divided along racial lines. God's plan for them in Hope Springs—and for Hope Springs itself—is bigger than they ever imagined.
I enjoyed this book, it was a little hard to keep all the characters straight at first, because this is a story of a large family and their close neighbors. It starts out right before Christmas and some of the family are going to Hope Springs to Grandma Geri's for Christmas. The neighbor, who was a pastor, Jim, passed away so there is also his funeral. His son, Todd, comes for the funeral and his wife, Becca, is supposed to come, but she just became a part of a huge women's ministry conference.
Some of the family members were having struggles, like Stephanie, GOD was telling her to be a servant and she didn't want to. Then there's Janelle, she lost her husband, and decided to help when a family emergency arose. Stephanie also decided that that situation would be her "boot camp" to becoming a servant.
Todd and Becca have a big decision to make about Todd's ministry career, and then Becca has to overcome hurdle in hers. Janelle meets an old friend, Kory, who is going through a divorce and thinks she can finally move on with her life, but there is an unexpected turn to this as well.
Then there is Grandma Geri, she finds out a life changing diagnosis and also reveals a family secret that not only involves her family but that of the neighbor's also.
The families also have to overcome some issues with the two churches, one that has been going on for generations.
I highly recommend this charming book. It has a lot of characters, so it is hard to decide which is the best. But it is a great read.