Louise Bay has just released a new edition of Hopeful, including a beautiful new cover, and I just had to share it! Other than the pretty new ‘outfit’, this edition also has new scenes, an epilogue, audio which is available now, AND it’s on SALE for a few days only! This was a 5-Star read for me, a very touching romance of true love and second chance, and you can read all about it below!
About the Book:
A long time ago, Joel Wentworth told me he’d love me for infinity . . . and I can’t give up hope that it might have been true.
How long does it take to get over your first love?
Eight years should be long enough. My mind knows that, but there’s no convincing my heart.
Guys like Joel weren’t supposed to fall for girls like me. He had his pick of women at University, but somehow the laws of nature were defied and we fell crazy in love.
After graduation, Joel left to pursue his career in New York. He wanted me to go with him but my life was in London.
We broke up and my heart split in two.
I haven’t seen or spoken to him since he left.
If only I’d known that I’d love him this long, this painfully, this desperately. I might have said yes all those years ago. He might have been mine all this time in between.
Now, he’s moving back to London and I need to get over him before he gets over here.
But how do I forget someone who gave me so much to remember?
Ava Elliot could never imagine that anyone like Joel Wentworth could be interested in her. He was charming and confident and women flocked to him unabashedly. Ava was quiet and insecure and would rather be the wallflower in her group of friends than have anyone scrutinize or judge her. Joel was very intrigued by Ava’s simple beauty and pursued her relentlessly which resulted in them falling head over heels into a natural and effortless love. However, Ava was always afraid of letting anyone down, and instead of fighting for Joel, she lost him when he went to America. She made futile attempts to try and move on, but always knew and regretted her mistake. Then Joel came back…
This book is told in both past and present tense and in Ava’s point of view. I have to admit that I became super impatient about halfway through the book just dying to know what was going on in Joel’s head. The buildup was intense, and I found myself yearning for the answers to why they separated and if they could open up their feelings for each other and possibly be together again. When everything was finally put out on the table, I was full of anticipation. When Joel admitted that he was scared, I just melted. When he gave Ava a week to tell her friends about their relationship, I was pacing. I was totally rooting for them, and in the end I was ecstatic!
I’m actually kind of in love with Joel and his incredibly honest feelings for Ava (don’t tell Mr. DaisyGal!). He only wanted her to be happy and completely believed in their love. However, he also was patiently waiting for her to be confident in herself, go after what she wanted, and prove her belief in their love as well.
‘You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope…I have loved none but you.’
Initially, I was a little skeptical in how two people that had been apart for 8 years could possibly find love again. I have to say that the way in which Bay intertwined the past and present and slowly unfolding all of the details throughout the story really made everything make perfect sense. They shared a very true love, and I thought it was incredibly sweet and touching.
I have been on a bit of a Louse Bay reading streak lately, and I am loving her writing! There is also another book with one of the characters from this story called Faithful that was published around the same time. It is not available right now, but I am of the understanding that she will be re-releasing it soon, and I can’t wait!
I simply adored this book! It was very well written and such a sweet and heartfelt love story. I highly recommend it!
*** 5 Stars for Me! ***
ON SALE FOR A LIMITED TIME!
This was the original cover for Hopeful. Although I like them both, I really love the color and design in the new one!
Have you read Hopeful? I would love to know your thoughts!
Until next time!
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