An Echo of Hope
The romance of recently widowed Hope Underwood with her childhood friend Michael Flanagan offers suspense and fears of war. This recommended book is the third and final novel in HeartQuest’s Reardon Valley series, the previous titles being A Home in the Valley and Lady of the River. The setting, the early 1800s in Tennessee and the Deep South, permits an agrarian element that’s central to the story. Daily life is reported from Sunday-to-Sunday. Young women of the sewing circle struggle with family responsibilities and rearing children as their husbands engage in military service. Readers in their late teens and adults who enjoy easy reading inspirational novels will be drawn to this book. Religious convictions guide Hope, her family, and indeed the community through life, as Biblical lessons are put into practice. All of the characters, including Michael, struggle with the power of forgiveness.