As part of the Choosing Charity tour, I re-read the entire Faith, Hope, and Charity series so I could post reviews for all three books. Here is my take on Having Hope (Book #2) (check out my review of Finding Faith here and stay tuned for a review of Choosing Charity).
About the Book
Title: Having Hope
Author: Terri Ferran
Release Date: February 2009
Publisher: Cedar Fort (Facebook | Twitter)
Genre: LDS Inspirational Fiction
Series: Faith, Hope, and Charity trilogy (Book #2)
Other Books in the Series: Finding Faith (Book #1), Choosing Charity (Book #3)
After reading the first two books in the Faith, Hope, and Charity series, I was completely wrapped up in the lives of Kit and her family and friends and couldn't wait to find out more!
Again, one my favorite parts about this book was Kit, the main character. I found her personality to be so "real". Many fictional characters are cut from the same perfect, cookie cutter mold. But Kit was unique in her imperfections and yet totally lifelike in her emotional insecurities. I could definitely relate to her jealousy of Ruth (even if it was unfounded), her annoyance at her roommates, and her innocent flirtations with Marcel.
Of course, Kit also has so many admirable qualities as well. I loved that she felt so strongly about helping others and actually had the desire and opportunity to do it. I've had those same feelings myself but have not been able to do something quite as dramatic as volunteering in a Romanian orphanage. It was nice to "live vicariously" through Kit and feel some of the emotions that she experienced while serving.
The plight of the Romanian orphans hit me hard and definitely made me emotional (probably because I have a 9-month old baby of my own). I would have felt like Kit, wanting to adopt all of them! Kit's relationship and connection with some of the children was especially tender and sweet. And what could have been an extremely depressing situation was actually turned into a story of hope as Kit begins to understand and comprehend the mercies of God.
Terri has once again created a novel that will make you laugh, cry, and rejoice with Kit as she continues her journey of "faith, hope, and charity".
As part of the tour, Terri is generously offering a grand prize giveaway of the Faith, Hope, and Charity trilogy, including hard copies of Finding Faith, Having Hope, and Choosing Charity. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post or any of the other stops on the tour. (Check out the tour page for the full tour schedule.) The more stops you comment on, the more entries you have into the contest!
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