Title: What Hope Remembers
Author: Johnnie Alexander
Release Date: May 2, 2017
Description from Goodreads: “When 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.”
Review: If you love the Misty Willow series, you will enjoy this book as well. It is a wonderful third book in the series and even though I didn’t like it quite as much as the second, it was definitely worth the read. Learning more about Brett’s sister Amy was interesting and even though I couldn’t stand her at first, as she began to grow, I started to like her a lot more.
This was a great story about forgiving ourselves and the power of love. Each of these characters were dealing with regret and differing degrees of self loathing. They each had to overcome their past to move into the future, something all of us seem to struggle with at one point or another. The mercy of God is the only way we can truly get past these difficulties and I loved watching them grow.
Recommendation: I would recommend this book to anyone who has read any of the Misty Willow series
*I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher. A positive review was not required. All opinions are my own.*