All for Hope by Olivia Hardin #GuestPost

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All of Hope

To protect her heart, he left her behind.

To protect her life, he’ll leave the life he’s made behind.
Sometimes the safest distance between two hearts is no distance at all…

Kidnapping a baby wasn’t something Hope ever dreamed she would do. But she’s been burned by the legal system before, so when the court places her friend’s child into the custody of an abuser, she takes matters into her own hands. She steals the baby and fakes her death, hoping to make a clean getaway. She planned every detail, except one.

Her high school sweetheart and best friend, who left her years before, sees her at a gas station. Hope thinks all is lost, until he offers to help them.

Brennan had always been the love of Hope’s life, but he never wanted to be. She knows she cannot depend on him for long. However, as each day passes, it becomes painfully obvious that she is in way over her head. She goes with him, intending to keep him always an arm’s length away to protect her heart. But being on the run together sparks the old flames that once burned between Brennan and Hope.

Families, friends, and lovers must band together to save an innocent baby and a daring woman or both of their lives will be destroyed. Together, they’ll do it All for Hope…


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I admitted recently in a chat with Liz Schulte and Melissa Lummis that out of all of my characters, Hope is probably the most like me.  That means it’s easy for me to put myself into her mind and share some of what she likes.  Hope of course loves Christmas, so I thought I’d share some of my… er, her favorite holiday songs.

Hope’s absolute favorite Christmas song is O Holy Night.  She can remember hearing it when she was a child during church services and looking over at the almost life-sized nativity and imaging the awe and wonder of actually being there on the night Christ was born.  It transports her to that moment and humbles her to remember the true reason for the season.

For Hope’s inner rocker, we have the Tran Siberian Orchestra with Christmas Eve/ Sarajevo.  This song makes Hope was to string up Christmas lights!

And who doesn’t love Charles M. Schulze’ The Peanuts.  Hearing the song Christmas Time is Here makes Hope want to curl up with some popcorn on her grandmother’s lap and watch A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Whether it is her Catholic upbringing or just the nature of Hope, she was always fascinated by the entire Holy Family – Joseph, Mary and Jesus.  So the songs Breath of Heaven and It Wasn’t His Child are two of her favorites because they touch on the other two very important persons in that blessed family.

There are a few other songs in Hope’s playlist for you to enjoy too, but the last I want to mention is Hands by Jewel.  To me (Olivia) this song embodies the heart of the book All for Hope.  Several people each taking their parts in a task that most people would find impossible.  And yet each of them put out their hands and did what had to be done, because it was the right thing to do.

So what are some of your favorite holiday songs?  Were there any in Hope’s list you hadn’t heard before?

Merry Christmas and Happy Reading, everyone!


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About the Author – Olivia Hardin realized early on how strange she was to have complete movie-like character dreams as a child. Eventually she began putting those vivid dreams to paper and was rarely without her spiral notebooks full of those mental ramblings. Her forgotten vision of becoming an author was realized when she connected with a group of amazingly talented and fabulous writers who gave her lots of direction and encouragement. With a little extra push from family and friends, she hunkered down to get lost in the words. She’s also an insatiable crafter who only completes about 1 out of 5 projects, a jogger who hates to run, and is sometimes accused of being artistic, though she’s generally too much of a perfectionist to appreciate her own work. A native Texas girl, Olivia lives in the beautiful Lone Star state with her husband and their puppy Bonnie.

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  1. Olivia Hardin says:

    I have been listening to these songs almost non-stop for a week now. I love Christmas!

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