Title: Hope Springs
Author: Sarah M. Eden
Series:Longing For Home
Publisher: Shadow Mountain
Release Date: Mar 4, 2014
All is not well in Wyoming. Katie Macauley gave up her life-long dream of returning to
Ireland in order to make a home for herself in Hope Springs, but her future has never been so uncertain. The town is more divided than ever, with both the Irish and the Reds stealing property, burning buildings, and endangering lives.
Katie’s heart remains sharply divided between her love for playful Tavish and steady Joseph, a decision she feels ill-prepared to make. In the midst of the growing unrest,
temperatures drop quickly, too quickly, and Irish nightmares of famine and cold resurface as the little Wyoming town struggles to beat the harsh winter.
Katie makes one sacrifice after another to keep the peace and help see her loved ones through the difficult days ahead, but will it be enough? Can the town make amends before their hatred consumes them all? And will Katie find the love she has been searching for as well as a home to call her own?
This is a poignant and deeply moving story. I couldn’t wait to get my hands
on it after reading part one. In this story Katie continues to make her new life in Hope Springs and must face the persecution that divides and threatens to destroy the town.
Historical fiction is my favorite genre. I learned a great deal about the trials Irish
immigrants faced in the 1800s. I love how their culture draws the people together as they celebrate the good and struggle to overcome the bad.
Katie’s story is one filled with heartache and hope at the same time. It seems no one else has to endure quite so much. At the same time she has a determination to make life better for herself and those around her. She is always willing to sacrifice whatever she needs to to make others happy.
She is loved deeply by two men. Katie does not know quite what to do with this since she has always felt abandoned by her family. She doesn’t know who she cares for the most or how to respond to each of them. As Katie selflessly serves those around her she comes to know and understand her own heart. This beautiful story unfolds in ways I wasn’t expecting. Sarah Eden is a masterful story teller. It is truly a beautiful story.