Hope Between the Pages
Series: Doors to the Past
Published by Barbour Books
Publication Date April 1, 2021
Genres: Historical Fiction, Time Split, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: North Carolina, England Contemporary, World War I Era - 1914 - 1918
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-34
Written for: Adults
Uncover the Story Behind a One-Hundred-Year-Old Love Letter
Walk through Doors to the Past via a new series of historical stories of romance and adventure.
Clara Blackwell helps her mother manage a struggling one-hundred-year old family bookshop in Asheville, North Carolina, but the discovery of a forgotten letter opens a mystery of a long-lost romance and undiscovered inheritance which could save its future. Forced to step outside of her predictable world, Clara embarks on an adventure with only the name Oliver as a hint of the man’s identity in her great-great-grandmother’s letter. From the nearby grand estate of the Vanderbilts, to a hamlet in Derbyshire, England, Clara seeks to uncover truth about family and love that may lead to her own unexpected romance.
I would like to thank Netgalley for giving me a copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Reading Hope Between the Pages was such a pleasure! It is filled with some of my favorite things – books and book quotes, libraries and bookshops, faith and family, history and mystery and romance…
I’d be hard-pressed to choose my very favorite character, though Oliver is way up at the top of my list. Handsome. Charming. Imaginative. Kind. Adored his little sister. Had a strong faith and desired always to do what is right and good regardless of what society might think. Wow! He truly was a Prince Charming!
Max might be my second favorite. He was much less confident than Oliver, preferring to remain in the background and not call attention to himself. I especially loved the way he stepped far out of his comfort zone time and again to show kindness to Clara, simply to be kind – expecting nothing in return.
Its time-split narrative allowed us glimpses into the answer to the mystery Clara was trying to solve and yet I remained as much in the dark about what really happened as Clara was. I loved the way the answer to one part of the mystery gave a strong nod to the title of the book – and that’s all I’ll say about that! You will have to read it to find out what I mean.
The descriptions of the Biltmore – the grounds, the library, the traditions, and the way the Vanderbilts interacted with their staff were all so wonderful! I really desire to go there to visit now! I was amazed at the tradition of their library maid who would set out books she especially expected the guests to enjoy. As Oliver dubbed her, the library fairy.
If you enjoy hints of mystery in your romance and enjoy learning new things through fiction as well, be sure to read Hope Between the Pages.