Love, Hope by Juliet Ann Conlin

Love, Hope
.PDF, 236 pages
Expected Publication: July 29th 2021 by Hodder & Stoughton

About the Book:
Ever since she first picked up a violin, Hope Sullivan dreamed of going to music college, joining an orchestra and travelling the world with her best friend Janey. But when her parents were killed in a car accident on the way to one of her recitals, she gave it all up to look after her younger sister, Autumn. Ten years later, Janey is living their dream on her own, Autumn is flourishing as a doctor and Hope's life is smaller and less musical than ever. Arnold Quince had the happiest of lives - until he lost his beloved wife Marion. Once the life and soul of the village, he withdrew into his grief and pushed all his friends away. Now, five years on, he is sick, lonely and just counting down the years until he can be with Marion again. When Hope and Arnold are pushed into writing to one another, neither has any idea how much their life is about to change.

My Review:
❤ Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, And sings the tune without the words, And never stops at all. - Emily Dickinson 

I loved this book and meeting Hope and Arnold. We meet Hope when she is eight years old, just before she stars Fairclef Music Academy. The book is 100% epistolary and I totally loved it, especially reading the letters of the younger Hope. I don't know how the author managed to write so authentically from the point of view of a child and young adult but she did so brilliantly. She also did a bang up job of writing for Arnold, a 70+ year old male.

The story has some major tragedy in it but like the title there is also a lot of love and hope. This is a story of family, friendship and love. But it is also about finding yourself again and being open to change. This is an exceptional debut and I look forward to reading more from Ms. Conlin.

Thank you NetGalley, Juliet Ann Conlin and Hodder & Stoughton for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an impartial review; all opinions are my own.

#LoveHope #NetGalley


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