Love, Hope by Juliet Ann Conlin

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Anyone who knows me knows of my obsession with books that are written in the style of texts, emails and letters (Thanks Meg Cabot). So oyu can imagine my delight that this book was written in that format!


An unexpected letter. An unlikely friendship. A chance to start again.

Ever since she first picked up a violin, Hope Sullivan dreamed of going to music college, joining an orchestra and travelling the world with her best friend Janey. But when her parents were killed in a car accident on the way to one of her recitals, she gave it all up to look after her younger sister, Autumn. Ten years later, Janey is living their dream on her own, Autumn is flourishing as a doctor and Hope’s life is smaller and less musical than ever.

Arnold Quince had the happiest of lives – until he lost his beloved wife Marion. Once the life and soul of the village, he withdrew into his grief and pushed all his friends away. Now, five years on, he is sick, lonely and just counting down the years until he can be with Marion again.

When Hope and Arnold are pushed into writing to one another, neither has any idea how much their life is about to change


oh, wow! What a way to get me all emotional! 

This book is the story of Janey, Hope and Arnold. Hope has such a big job to do when her parents die and I felt so sorry for her. 

I loved that during the first part of the book, you rarely heard from Hope. You saw the responses to her missives, emails, letters etc but never anything from her. It was a nice little touch and one I really appreciated. 

I loved the interactions between Arnold and Hope. They made me chuckle and cry as we got to fill in the gaps as to what has happened since Hope’s parents died. Arnold is a lovely character and I enjoyed hearing his story. The littel ups and downs and tidbits about ordinary life were an absolute joy. I don’t want to spoil it so I’ll stop there!

Thanks to Love Books Tours for the gifted copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. 


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