HOPE BURNS: Life Interrupted




Hope Burns CoverThe Hope Series #3
by Jaci Burton

  • Mass Market Paperback and e-pub
  • ISBN 9780425259788
  • 304  Pages
  • 30 Sep 2014
  • Penguin/Berkley
  • Adult

E-Galley provided by publisher for review. no remuneration was exchanged and all opinions presented herein are my own except as noted.

A novel of small-town hearts and big dreams…

Molly Burnett dreads returning to her hometown of Hope for her sister’s wedding, especially knowing she’ll have to endure a weekend with the one man she never wants to see again. It’s only a couple of days, so Molly will try to forget her painful past with high school sweetheart Carter Richards. Because despite the bitter memories, she still can’t forget what they once meant to each other.

But when Molly is forced to extend her stay, Carter sees this as his second chance to do things right, to start over again with the only woman he’s ever loved. This time, he isn’t going to let Molly run. Together they’re going to confront the past and put it behind them, and hope for a future as bright as the flame that still burns hot between them.


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This was an okay story in the series as one character, Molly, comes home for the wedding of her sister, Emma (who was featured in the first book of the series which I really liked).  Molly’s been keeping away from home for twelve years, since she broke up with her H.S. boyfriend. The story is fun, the wedding enjoyable, the sex is hot and nicely done.

There’s just one fly in the ointment — Molly is so stuck in the past, so stunted emotionally, so ridiculously stupid in her behavior that she is too unreal.  Who didn’t break up with someone in High School; even with dire circumstances? I would think that most people broke up with someone early in life. I do not know one person who swore off relationships forever.  I don’t know anyone who would leave home and not even step foot in a town because of it.  It does give her a huge potential for i=overcoming being a complete idiot. But I found myself rolling my eyes a lot.

It’s fun to read; I always enjoy Jaci’s portrayal of this tiny town and the relationships and characters in it. But, Molly is, as we say up here, numb as a hake.

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