ROMANCE

Hope Blooms

Dafina: Kensington. Apr. 2017. 320p. ISBN 9781496708687. pap. $7.99; ebk. ISBN 9781496708694. CONTEMPORARY ROMANCE
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OrangeReviewStarKindergarten teacher Cassandra Miller's life was shattered when an abusive father's bullet killed her husband and her unborn child. Now almost a year later, she is wasting away, still grieving, not caring whether she lives or dies. At her wit's end, Cass's mother calls on the one person who might help—former marine Wylie James Everett, once Cass's dearest friend and lover as well as foster brother to her husband—and the man who walked out on them both ten years ago. One look at Cass, and Wylie James knows he has to do something, so he takes her home with him to Martha's Vineyard, determined to help her learn to live again. A cast of entertaining characters you hope to meet again add gentle humor, warmth, and authenticity.
VERDICT This tender, exquisitely written romance runs the emotional gamut and touches the heart; a poignant, uplifting story. Pope (Mine at Midnight) lives in New York.

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