Where Hope Begins by Catherine West

Sometimes we’re allowed to glimpse the beauty within the brokenness…

Savannah Barrington has always found solace at her parents’ lake house in the Berkshires, and it’s the place that she runs to when her husband of over twenty years leaves her. Though her world is shaken, and the future uncertain, she finds hope through an old woman’s wisdom, a little girl’s laughter, and a man who’s willing to risk his own heart to prove to Savannah that she is worthy of love.

But soon Savannah is given a challenge she can’t run away from: Forgiving the unforgivable. Amidst the ancient gardens and musty bookstores of the small town she’s sought refuge in, she must reconcile with the grief that haunts her, the God pursuing her, and the wounds of the past that might be healed after all.

Where Hope Begins

Honestly, I think this just might be my favorite of Catherine’s books. But don’t quote me on that, I just can’t decide. All of her books are phenomenal and Where Hope Begins is no exception. I cannot tell you how many tears I shed as I listened to this story. I listened to the audiobook in the car while I was driving over the course of a few days, and I just couldn’t help but be touched by Savannah’s story. Catherine has become one of my go-to authors when I’m looking for a captivating, heart-wrenching novel, and Where Hope Begins is part of the reason for that.

Savannah Barrington’s story just took my heart and ripped it into shreds before putting it back together again through the redemption in the end. I really cannot tell you how much I loved this book. Even though my rating scale only goes to five, I would still give this novel ten bookshelves if I could. Savannah’s struggle through the pain of her husband’s leaving filled me with compassion for her, and as I learned all of the details of the breakdown of her marriage, I felt for her—and cried with her—all the more.

Then, there was the story of the old woman, the little girl, and the man Savannah encountered in the Berkshires. Oh how that broke my heart. I cannot say any more, because I do not want to spoil it for you, but I cannot tell you how many tears I cried over their addiction to this story. And the epilogue…

Catherine just really blew me away with this one. The way that she just intertwined their two stories, and brought it all together in the end in a way that caused many tears (for me) is something I will never forget. I highly recommend this novel; I cannot even tell you how much I want to share this book with everyone. Where Hope Begins is now one of my all-time favorite novels, and I know that one day soon I will read it again, this time actually reading it instead of just listening to it.

Rating: 5 bookshelves

Recommend? YES!

All credit for the italicized synopsis goes to Catherine West and Thomas Nelson Publishing.

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