Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Delivering Hope by Jennifer Ann Holt


Delivering Hope

Author: Jennifer Ann Holt

Publisher: Cedar Fort

Published: February 8, 2012

Paperback: 224 pages

ISBN13: 9781599559025

Genre: General Fiction

FTC FYI: Received a PDF copy from author in exchange for an honest review

Goodreads Summary: Olivia Spencer wants to be a mother more than anything else, but years of infertility have left her soul wounded and her marriage strained. Allison Campbell is a young, single woman who discovers that a moment of excitement has led to an unplanned pregnancy and overwhelming heartache. Deep love paves the way for sacrifice as the lives of these two women touch.

My Review

Shanda reviewed Delivering Hope for the Blog Tour back in February, but when the author asked me for a review, I couldn't resist.  Jennifer and I have a lot in common.  Although, we have only met once, she is from the same hometown as my husband.  Good 'ole Enterprise, Utah.  Catch up on Shanda's review here.

There were many things that I loved about this book.  The way Olivia and Ally learned about the Atonement of our Savior, and especially how they applied it to their lives.  Prayer was a big part of this book, and each woman had to learn that what they wanted may have be different then from what our Heavenly Father and Jesus had in store for them.  There were many times that I cried when I was reading.  There is an experience told to Ally from her friend Hannah's mother that was especially touching.  I loved it when Olivia read her great-aunt's journal, and learned of her struggles with infertility.  I loved it when Ally's father told her family that they were like a bunch of sticks that can't be broken.  However, my favorite line was from Ally's Bishop. (page 146)
"Don't give up.  I know you're going to make it through this.  Don't forget that Heavenly Father and Jesus are there to help you.  They are as close as a prayer."
The book was very emotional for me at times.  Even though I did not have the same experiences as Olivia and Ally, I could relate to how they felt about being a mother, and the feelings associated with having children.  I cried when the baby was born, and for what each woman went through at that time.  It is very well written, so have your Kleenex ready.  Actually, the whole book is like that.  I am very big on good, likable characters and this book does not disappoint.  I also really appreciated how Jennifer told the reader her adoption experience.

5 out of 5 stars.  This is Jennifer's first book, and she is currently working on the sequel.  Follow her on her blogFacebook, and Twitter.

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  1. I agree with your review Mindy ...I could read it over and over again !

  2. This sounds like a wonderful book. I am sure I would cry a boatload of tears since I did struggle with fertility. I am blessed to have my kiddos that is for sure!

  3. I am so excited to read Jennifer's book. She has always been such an inspiration to me and I know that her book will be no different! What a life changer!

  4. I am so very excited to read Jennifer's novel, my mom said it was wonderful!! I have a lot of family in Enterprise, UT. Such a small world. Struggling with infertility is heartbreaking and sometimes indescribable. Others definitely do not know how you feel if they haven't experienced it. But I have heard that Jennifer captured it perfectly in this book. I hope to someday soon have a beautiful family like her. She is so uplifting!

  5. I've been wanting to read Delivering Hope since it was published. I have been busy with my 3 adopted kiddos and hadn't ordered it with no time to read. Now I have time...and it's not in the budget. Go figure! :)

  6. What a lovely sounding book. Having my first child totally turned me around. I used to never cry over movies or books. After my first son was born, I'd be watching the news and see that someone had been killed in an accident and all I could think was that the person had a mother somewhere and I'd bawl. Now I bawl all the time.

  7. I'm looking forward to reading this. Thanks for the heads up about the tissues. I'll need them. :)