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Sunday, October 27, 2013

Review: Losing Hope by Colleen Hoover

Sometimes in life, in order to move forward you must face the past…

#1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover held readers spellbound with her novelHopeless, the story of what happened when a troubled girl named Sky encountered a long-lost childhood friend, Dean Holder. With Holder’s help, Sky uncovered shocking family secrets and came to terms with memories and emotions that had left deep scars.

Hopeless was Sky’s story. Now, in Losing Hope, we finally learn the truth about Dean Holder.

Haunted by the little girl he couldn’t save from imminent danger, Holder’s life has been overshadowed by feelings of guilt and remorse. He has never stopped searching for her, believing that finding her would bring him the peace he needs to move on. However, Holder could not have anticipated that he would be faced with even greater pain the moment they reconnect.

In Losing Hope, Holder reveals the way in which the events of Sky’s youth affected him and his family, leading him to seek his own redemption in the act of saving her. But it is only in loving Sky that he can finally begin to heal himself.
(From Edelweiss)

My Thoughts:

After reading and really enjoying the first book in this series, Hopeless, I knew I had to read this one. After all, it's from Holder's point of view and who doesn't want to get into the mind of a hot guy and see what he's thinking?

I was a little worried with the way it started out, however, and I really feared that I wasn't going to be able to get into it because it took awhile to get going. But I'm glad I stuck it out because once Sky came into the picture, it really took off and I finished it in one day. The beginning was tough because Holder was dealing with the aftermath of his sister's suicide and it was just heartbreaking how he blamed himself for it - as were the letters that he wrote to her as a coping mechanism.

The true brilliance of this book was seeing his relationship with Sky unfold from his point of view. All those times in Hopeless when I was thinking What's gotten into him? or What is he thinking? were all answered in this story. And I'm happy to say, it was in a satisfying manner. This was just a satisfying book all around and fans of the author will really delight in it. If you haven't read anything by Ms. Hoover, do yourself a favor and pick up one of her books. She is a true talent.

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