Hey Lovelies! Today I’m super excited to chat with you about Season of Hope by Sara Jane Jacobs. There is also a super fun giveaway opportunity!
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When Amanda Jarvis prays that a special friend will move into the vacant house near her isolated mountain home, she isn’t upset when God sends a boy instead of a girl. But Amanda’s not the only one receiving unexpected answers to her prayers. After fleeing with his mother from an abusive father, Tyler Armstrong finds much-needed love and acceptance with Amanda’s family over the next ten years.
As high school graduation nears, Tyler is shocked when one carefree afternoon with Amanda churns up an inner turmoil he would have never imagined; he’s crushing on his best friend. And for the first time in his life he’s hiding a secret from Amanda. Convinced the timing is all wrong, Tyler pushes his feelings aside as he and Amanda prepare for the future. He will soon begin training to pursue his dream of becoming a Navy SEAL, while Amanda makes plans to spend the summer in Manhattan with her aunt and then return home to the community college.
When Amanda’s summer job catapults her into a modeling career, she readily accepts the much-needed distraction. Tyler’s impending deployment is turning her world upside down. Along with the fact that she’s falling for her best friend. And, for the first time in her relationship with Tyler, she’s hiding a secret, too.
Phoebe Garrison, Amanda’s controlling aunt, is thrilled when she is given the power to act on behalf of her underage niece. Bored with her Fortune 500 advertising agency, becoming Amanda’s manager is just what she’s been looking for to rekindle her aspirations. But as Tyler becomes aware of Phoebe’s obsession to push Amanda into supermodel status, tensions rise. As the three of them become entangled in a mass of concealed ambition and desire, each will make decisions that will send ripples of turbulence across their futures.
win the following items…
- A copy of the DVD, Sabrina (featured in the book)
- Costa Rican Tarrazu Dark Roast Coffee (a character’s favorite French Roast)
- ·An eBook of Season of Hope
Season of Hope by Sara Jane Jacobs is a beautiful coming of age story that resolves around a childhood friendship that continues until adulthood. I loved how it was about a little girl who prayed everyday for a best friend like Anne and Diana from Anne of Green Gables. When she learns that her new friend is a boy instead of girl, she immediately accepts that. They are the kind of friends who bring the best out of each other. They encourage each other to reach their goals, compete for grades, and they aren’t afraid to call each other out when they’re doing something wrong.
This is the kind of story that expands over years at a time. For example, we would read about the two at seven-years-old and then next thing we’re reading about them in the fifth grade. At times this was a little confusing because the author jumped years quickly. I think it would have been helpful to include which time period were in at the beginning of the chapter.
As far as drama, there really isn’t any. Sure, Tyler calls out Amanda’s aunt when he finds out she’s manipulating Amanda for her own gain, but that’s about it. The author tells more than shows, so it kind of feels like one is reading a bunch of journal entries.
With that out of the way, I just want to say that I enjoyed this one. I loved the story of friendship. I loved reading about the small town of Nathan’s Mountain. I LOVED Tyler. I honestly loved a lot about this book. I thought this was a super cute and clean read. Although it did abruptly and with a bit of a cliffhanger so I’m definitely looking forward to the next book in this series. I NEED MORE!
Note: There is mention of an abusive father and there is a small violent scene
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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