What Hope Remembers by Johnnie Alexander

What Hope Remembers

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...

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What Hope Remembers Reviews

  • Hannah

    3.5 stars

    I began this book by not liking Amy at all. She has stirrings of conscience, though. Very slowly, she begins to awaken out of her selfishness. She's been driven by a desire for power and control, and even now her reputation is good enough that she has a good bit of political clout. But she's come to the country to be near her brother, who is now living a summer idyll of a life with his new wife, his restored faith, and his newly discovered son.

    Amy's not very likable for the entire first

    3.5 stars

    I began this book by not liking Amy at all. She has stirrings of conscience, though. Very slowly, she begins to awaken out of her selfishness. She's been driven by a desire for power and control, and even now her reputation is good enough that she has a good bit of political clout. But she's come to the country to be near her brother, who is now living a summer idyll of a life with his new wife, his restored faith, and his newly discovered son.

    Amy's not very likable for the entire first half of the book, and it does rely heavily on having known about Amy from other books. I did really like Gabe! He's a former Marine and a soft-hearted man, hoping to overcome the events of the past few years and some consequences of another's actions.

    As to the second half, major spoilers:

    ...basically, it was like we started skimming over events to get the story done. Just when I really began to like Amy and to want to spend time with her, events snowballed and then were...done! With a more rounded, deeper ending, I'd have easily given a full four stars rating.

    I loved the epilogue! But I did want one for AJ and Brett as well. ;)

    I received a free copy from NetGalley for review.

  • Rebecca

    "He could understand her forgetting the arrowhead he'd given her . . . . . But who didn't remember their first kiss?"

    Amy Somers absolutely remembers her first kiss, it was quite unforgettable, but just now she wants to banish that memory into a safe place where she has tucked everything else that was pleasant about her childhood. Adulthood? Not so much. Amy has been a person whom not many people in her own family, let alone in her home town of Misty Willow, have been very fond of. Driving hersel

    "He could understand her forgetting the arrowhead he'd given her . . . . . But who didn't remember their first kiss?"

    Amy Somers absolutely remembers her first kiss, it was quite unforgettable, but just now she wants to banish that memory into a safe place where she has tucked everything else that was pleasant about her childhood. Adulthood? Not so much. Amy has been a person whom not many people in her own family, let alone in her home town of Misty Willow, have been very fond of. Driving herself into oblivion as a political lobbyist, her life and health suffered the consequences, but she's determined to make a fresh start. She's just not sure how Gabe Kendall fits in, if at all.

    At first glance, Amy Somers is even more beautiful than she was as a teenager, but underneath that alluring exterior package lurks a wounded spirit that Gabe Kendall is convinced that he cannot salve. Returning to his Aunt Tess's Misty Willow horse farm, after an unfortunate incarceration for a crime that he did not commit, Gabe has no idea where the future will lead him. What a coincidence, or is it providence, that places Amy Somers back into his life, for she is seeking to build new bridges as well.

    Enjoy Johnnie Alexander's third book in the acclaimed"Misty Willow" series, as she tucks hope back into the hearts of those who never imagined they could remember it, especially when outward circumstances take a turn for the worse. Will Amy and Gabe find a way to join the psalmist in saying, "I trusted in the Lord when I said, 'I was greatly afflicted.'"

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher. The opinions stated are entirely my own.

  • Madison

    To say I was excited to read this book would be a massive understatement. I have loved both books in the Misty Willow series so far and the books just keep getting better, so I knew What Hope Remembers was going to be awesome. I was right - it is certainly a beautiful story. Amy and Gabe are characters who both have so many issues to overcome and their story of reconnection is founded in the sweet love of their adolescence.

    Gabe has returned to his Aunt's farm after many years away, first deploy

    To say I was excited to read this book would be a massive understatement. I have loved both books in the Misty Willow series so far and the books just keep getting better, so I knew What Hope Remembers was going to be awesome. I was right - it is certainly a beautiful story. Amy and Gabe are characters who both have so many issues to overcome and their story of reconnection is founded in the sweet love of their adolescence.

    Gabe has returned to his Aunt's farm after many years away, first deployed overseas and then in prison. The farm is now rundown and vastly different from that of his childhood memories. But his aunt's love remains the same and the community is far more welcoming than he ever dreamed. But the biggest surprise comes when he learns that Amy, his first love and the woman who has always held a place in his heart, has also returned to Misty Willow. Amy has decided to leave her old life behind. She is ashamed of who she has become and yet doesn't know what to do to turn her life around. Rebuilding the relationships with her brother and cousin and their wives seems a good place to start. As Amy and Gabe reconnect they have many secrets and fears to face, while an outside threat attempts to keep them from rekindling their childhood romance.

    We got the first glimpse of Amy's story in the previous two books in this series, particularly in When Love Arrives, when Amy collapses and is abandoned by her boyfriend, a married senator. Amy is fighting an eating disorder, as well as the grief and fears of her childhood that she has long-buried beneath a cold exterior and battling for success in the corporate world. Her choices have distanced her from her family, when being abandoned is what she fears most. Coming face-to-face with Gabe Kendell is certainly unexpected, as is the sudden rush of emotions she feels. She isn't sure someone like Gabe would ever want a woman with her past, while Gabe has the exact same reaction.

    What Hope Remembers was an unexpected story and took many unexpected turns. I enjoyed the majority of it, but I was a little disappointed with the ending. There were so many issues the characters faced in the story and while the big one was resolved it was the little, but I think more important, ones that were overlooked. For example, Amy spends the majority of the book hiding her recent past from Gabe, which prevents her from pursuing a relationship with him and yet it seems that by the end of the story she never actually has that important conversation with him. There were also other discussions they had about freedom and taking the time to decide what they both wanted to do in their lives and yet by the end they seem to have fallen into something and it's not discussed again. But while I would have loved more of an ending, the book did conclude with a sweet simplicity that attests to the enduring nature of Amy and Gabe's relationship.

    The charm of Amy and Gabe's romance rests in their history. A childhood connection, a first kiss, and a friendship rooted in pain and the solace found in each other's company. It was enjoyable to see their friendship rekindled, and it was lovely to return to Misty Willow and reconnect with Brett, Dani, AJ, and Shelby.

    Summer picnics, childhood memories, sweet romance, fears faced, heartbreak, horses, family, and even a good dose of suspense combine in this contemporary novel.

    The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.

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  • Staci

    Lovely conclusion to the Misty Willow Series.

    Readers of this series know that Amy was not a warm or kind person in the first two books. As can happen, she has a life event that alters her world. Amy returns to Misty Willow to take a break from the only life she knew as an adult. Life in the fast lane. A life of using others for her own upward progress.

    At the same time, Gabe returns to spend time with his aunt Tess. He is also mending wounds from his past.

    It was a joy to watch their love blossom

    Lovely conclusion to the Misty Willow Series.

    Readers of this series know that Amy was not a warm or kind person in the first two books. As can happen, she has a life event that alters her world. Amy returns to Misty Willow to take a break from the only life she knew as an adult. Life in the fast lane. A life of using others for her own upward progress.

    At the same time, Gabe returns to spend time with his aunt Tess. He is also mending wounds from his past.

    It was a joy to watch their love blossom among the backdrop of each of them working through their own struggles as well as work together to save Tess's stables. Having AJ and Brett from the first books in the series and their families be a part of the story added to novel.

    Misty Willow was a well done contemporary fiction series. I recommend it to fans of Becky Wade and Robin Lee Hatcher.

    My gratitude to the publisher Revell for a complimentary Net Galley copy of the novel. I was not required to publish a review. The opinions expressed are my own.

  • Dana Michael

    What Hope Remembers is the third story in the Misty Willow Series and this book features that little stinker, Amy. She wasn't so nice in the other two books and I wondered what her story was. Well, the author did a beautiful job of getting us into Amy's head and heart. This story not only had a sweet romance, but a bit of action and mystery as well. The end packed a big punch and I couldn't go to sleep until I finished it. The ending had me gushing "awww!!" I love sweet happily ever after ending

    What Hope Remembers is the third story in the Misty Willow Series and this book features that little stinker, Amy. She wasn't so nice in the other two books and I wondered what her story was. Well, the author did a beautiful job of getting us into Amy's head and heart. This story not only had a sweet romance, but a bit of action and mystery as well. The end packed a big punch and I couldn't go to sleep until I finished it. The ending had me gushing "awww!!" I love sweet happily ever after endings. Especially when there was so much turmoil and pain to get through. I really enjoyed the book and I highly recommend it and all of this author's books.

    *I was given this book by the publisher and was under no obligation to leave a review.

  • Sarah

    What Hope Remembers is the third book in the Misty Willows series and I loved this book! If you have never had the opportunity to read any of Jonnie Alexander's books, you are missing out. First, you can read this novels as stand alone, but I would recommend picking them all. This is the perfect beach read novel. You'll love the story of Amy and Gabe. This is a book that you'll read in one sitting as you are tucked back in a small town with two hearts that need some mending. Will there be hope f

    What Hope Remembers is the third book in the Misty Willows series and I loved this book! If you have never had the opportunity to read any of Jonnie Alexander's books, you are missing out. First, you can read this novels as stand alone, but I would recommend picking them all. This is the perfect beach read novel. You'll love the story of Amy and Gabe. This is a book that you'll read in one sitting as you are tucked back in a small town with two hearts that need some mending. Will there be hope for a romance? Will Amy be able find a job and make a decent living or will the past ruin a possible future between any flames at all ? Find out in What Hope Remembers! Thank you to the publisher for providing me a copy. I give this book 5/5 stars. A favorable review was not required. As mentioned before this is the third book in the Misty Willow series, but can be read as a stand alone.

  • Amy

    I have followed The Misty Willow series from the beginning and I was very much invested in Amy’s story. After her cousin A.J. and her brother Brett have found true love, Amy’s life seems to be going nowhere. All three of them have known heartache and searing loss with the loss of their parents and now recently their grandmother. However, Amy’s cousin and brother seemed to have moved on with love and happiness in their new families.

    Amy was a hard character to like at first, as I remembered how ca

    I have followed The Misty Willow series from the beginning and I was very much invested in Amy’s story. After her cousin A.J. and her brother Brett have found true love, Amy’s life seems to be going nowhere. All three of them have known heartache and searing loss with the loss of their parents and now recently their grandmother. However, Amy’s cousin and brother seemed to have moved on with love and happiness in their new families.

    Amy was a hard character to like at first, as I remembered how callous she seemed in the first book. By the second book’s ending I was looking forward to her story and happily ever after. Carrying a load of guilt, she had made some really poor decisions in her life. Struggling with an eating disorder and the shame of letting men use her, she certainly does not think she is worth much and not only that but the lure of prestige and money is a temptation to her.

    Her first crush and true friend, Gabe Kendall has come back to help his aunt out with her stables. He has never forgotten Amy but due to some darkness in his past and sorting through what his now future looks like, he does not believe he can offer Amy much. These two have a lot to sort out and sometimes I just wanted to sit them down and make them both listen. But both were dealing with feelings of inadequacy and loads of guilt that they needed to find their own path through.

    This was a heartfelt and bittersweet read of two young loves who meet up again years later after many mistakes. I think there was a lot of lessons here of learning to let go of your past and the shame that goes with poor choices and life decisions and to grasp your second chance and live the life you were made for.

    There is much more going on in this novel, the love story just really stood out for me and I recommend the whole series about this family and the lessons of not letting prior generations mistakes be the only way to continue.

    I received a copy of this book for free. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions expressed are my own.

  • Amy

    "It's about expectations. And perhaps figuring out what's really important in life."

    If you're like me, then you hope to get a little more from a book than just an escape for a few blessed minutes. Though, that is one great perk. I usually look for something specific to take away. Lately my life has felt a little clouded, and I've done a lot of soul searching. I do feel like most of how we view this life is based around experiences, and our expectations. With that, we make decisions in our heads

    "It's about expectations. And perhaps figuring out what's really important in life."

    If you're like me, then you hope to get a little more from a book than just an escape for a few blessed minutes. Though, that is one great perk. I usually look for something specific to take away. Lately my life has felt a little clouded, and I've done a lot of soul searching. I do feel like most of how we view this life is based around experiences, and our expectations. With that, we make decisions in our heads about other people's choices & behaviours and try to second guess it. That seemed to be a major theme of this book. The author claims that she never intended to write Amy's story, but I'm glad she did. I didn't read book 1 in this series, only book 2. I didn't even realize the connection until I was a couple chapters in and the names and locations started ringing a bell!

    I find Johnnie Alexander to write a well thought out and unhurried story about far more than just two major characters. Though the focus is mainly around Gabe & Amy, there is so much more here. I found the dialogue of Tess to be a rich addition. She brought so much to the back story, with the financial struggles she faced, and in helping us to understand the difficult family history for Gabe and Amy. She was honest and real, and while I was frustrated often by the inability to share with others when help was needed, I did feel she was pretty spot on, most people would probably react the same way. Even the ruthless and calculating Logan was a needed inclusion to make this story great.

    I'm not really a fan of the cover, which, is a minor thing I suppose. I read the book before looking at it, and I just felt like the characters are a little more older & wiser - and that the plot is more intense and darker than the bright cheery cover suggests.

    Fantastic story, not always easy to read when difficult subjects are tackled. But it felt honest, and that is refreshing. Along the same quality as book 2, I'm thinking I'm going to go right back to the beginning and read about AJ & Shelby, though I'm getting the feeling I'm not going to like Amy too much if I do that!!

    As for figuring out what really matters in life, that's one constant I never have a question about. God & family. Always.

    Thank you to Netgalley & Revell for the eARC. This is my honest review.


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