All for Hope by Olivia Hardin – Review

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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…

Review:

This is a great read…just perfect for a summer day at the beach.  It opens with Hope meeting secretly with a friend and you don’t know quite what she is up to, but you soon find out.  The author brings you on an adventure and the pace keeps you reading until you see what happens.  She is on the run with a baby and an old flame ends up joining forces with her.

I love a romance and especially when the heroine finally gets the man of her dreams.  One of the aspects I enjoyed was the notion of second chances.  She really believes in the good in people and is able to trust them even after being hurt.  Bren has to prove he is worthy of it though.  She doesn’t just take him back.

Hope was a character who made me want to be a better person. She was so selfless in sacrificing everything to help someone else. I honestly don’t know if I could have done what she did, although I wish I could.  Bren also takes a chance in helping her…at first because he thinks he owes her for his actions in the past, but eventually he comes to discover it’s more than that. I loved that he was on a journey too, to figure out who he should be and how to be happy.

The characters are well-developed and I really liked most of them.  Of course, I did not like the bad guy.  The author paints a pretty vivid picture of him and when Hope sees him face to face, I felt contempt for him.  The varied cast of characters shows flaws, loyalty, and faith…just like real life.

Another part I really loved was the strong sense of family and what that really means.  To be part of a family is a very important aspect of this book and in part, a reason that shows Bren where he should be and wants to be.

This is a well-paced book that will keep you reading until the very last chapter and rooting for Hope.  I highly recommend it and a nice chilled pinot grigio goes along well with it.  That is one of my favorite summer drinks and this is perfect for it!

 

 

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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:

    Thank you so much for your lovely words about All for Hope and for being a part of the tour.

    Happy reading, all!

    ~Olivia

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