Restored Hope by Brenda Youngerman

Peter and Tara Miller are the image of perfection. They have three beautiful children, live in a wonderful neighborhood, and are still each other’s best friend. When their world completely disintegrates within a short period of time, their daughter must survive the aftermath. Creating a new persona, Samantha finally breaks free and discovers that the real world is not much kinder than her dysfunctional family. Emotionally shattered, the solace of the ocean, and a loving dog, carry her on her way. Samantha meets Timothy Bleak, who was raised in a seemingly kind, loving family, but is virtually invisible to them. His voice goes unheard, his needs are unmet, and his emotions are squashed. Timothy summons the strength to leave his family, and discovers Samantha in his journey. Restored Hope follows these two bereft young people as their lives intertwine and they face the challenges of life, love and happiness together.

Restored Hope is a family drama that follows the life of Camilla Miller. Born into what appears to be an idyllic family, with parents who are deeply in love with each other, it would seem that her like would be a peaceful one. The reality is things are not always as they appear. When tragedy and the resulting dysfunction strike, Camilla’s world is thrown into turmoil. With the disintegration of her family a part of Camilla dies. She refuses to be called Camilla and takes on the name Samantha.

While reading Brenda Youngerman’s novel I found myself wondering how I would respond if faced with similar tragedies. Would I shatter and break as some individuals in this book did or would I be able to put the tragedies behind me and start again? I found myself drawn into this story and rooting for Samantha to find peace and love in her life.

Ultimately this book has a message that we all need. We are not responsible for the actions of others, we can move on after tragedy and we should never stop hoping.

Content: Just a couple mild expletives but otherwise clean.

Rating: 3.5 Stars