So Bright a Hope by Amber Lynn Perry Book Review, Preview

Posted January 18, 2019 by Phyllis Helton in Book Reviews /

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When I tried out for the Thespian Society’s production of three one-act plays, I knew that as a sophomore in high school, I shouldn’t expect to get the best role, so I tried out for a lesser, but still appealing one. The reading the director had me do was one of hope and dreaming and apparently my emoting was at such a level they decided to have me read for the coveted role of the obsessed baton twirler. It was a fifteen-minute monologue.

I got that part!

Actually, the funny thing about this is that the script kept using the word “tons”. I couldn’t think of how it would be pronounced other than like the measure of weight, so I said it that way even though it didn’t make sense. I made it make sense in my mind. It ends up, “tons” was a shortcut to saying “ba-tons”. Oh, of course! Maybe the fact I was able to make it work while obviously not knowing what I was talking about helped. Looking back, it probably also helped that at the time, I was as thin as a rail and weighed no more than a feather when I was soaking wet. Hmm, and I thought it was all my incredible acting!

I had so much fun with that role! It was by far my favorite and the best one I had ever gotten. There is something about being able to pretend you are someone you aren’t and getting wrapped up in their world for a time. It’s almost as good as being able to get lost in a good book. . .

So Bright a Hope by Amber Lynn Perry Book Review, Preview

So Bright a Hope

by Amber Lynn Perry

Series: Daughters of His Kingdom #5
Series Rating:
Publication Date December 14, 2018
Genres: Historical Fiction, Action/Adventure, Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Massachusetts American Revolution Era - US - 1760 - 1783
Main Character Ages: 25-34
Written for: Adults
Pages: 403


When Caroline Whitney receives word that the brother she thought was dead is in fact a prisoner of war, she is frantic to rescue him. On the way to find help, she hides from the Redcoats, but is quickly discovered by a rugged British soldier who claims she must go with him, or be tried for espionage. The world would tell her this man is the enemy, but the veiled secrets in her captor’s eyes reveal he is more than he seems. If she fails to trust, more could be endangered than her life—her heart is bound to be broken a second time.

As a double agent in the service of Washington, British Captain James Higley must keep his true convictions a secret or face being killed as a traitor. On his newest mission, he discovers a courageous woman hiding in a barn, and is forced to capture her, or both their lives will be in jeopardy. When she offers her compliance in exchange for help in finding her brother, he accepts, despite his inner warnings. He must keep his distance from this alluring Patriot, or risk revealing not only his identity, but the true feelings of his heart.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.

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Caroline, according to James, was a terrible liar. As in she didn’t lie well. Her face gave her away every time she tried. He, on the other hand, was in a position that his life depended on his ability to pretend.

I was made to really care for Caroline and James in So Bright a Hope. Poor Caroline had been made to believe that no man could love her the way she was. And James felt so guilty because of a grave mistake he had made in the past.

I found it interesting that the story was told from three different perspectives, the third being that of a British soldier who sought the informant passing intelligence to the rebels. This officer was a perfectly loathsome man as all good villains should be.

The romance between Caroline and James developed at a believable rate and was sweet as they helped each other to see their worth. I enjoyed Caroline’s propensity to act first and think later. She managed to create a number of dangerous situations through her impulsive actions.

There was an incident at the end of the book that I didn’t really understand. It just didn’t make sense to me. But it didn’t detract from my enjoyment of the book.

While it was obvious this was part of a series from the way some of the characters were referenced, I didn’t feel like I was lost for not having read the other books. I am now curious about them and may go back and read them.

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