Title: Where Hope Begins
Author: Catherine West
Genre: Contemporary, Christian Fiction
My rating: 4/5
In the aftermath of her husband’s act of adultery and abandonment, Savannah must finally face the ghosts that haunt her and discover for herself whether authentic faith, grace, and ultimate healing really do exist.
When her husband of twenty-one years leaves her, Savannah Barrington believes she’s lost almost everything she’s ever loved. With her daughter in college and her son in boarding school, Savannah retreats to her parents’ lake house in the Berkshires, where hope and healing come in the form of an old woman’s wisdom, a little girl’s laughter, a touch of magic, and a handsome man who’s willing to risk his own heart to prove she’s still worth loving.
But when her husband asks to reconcile, Savannah is faced with the hardest challenge of all: Forgiving the unforgivable. Somehow she must find freedom from the chains of their past and move forward, or face an unknown future without him.
I am constantly surprised at how much I enjoy reading books about a woman creating a life for herself after he husband leaves her. I honestly don’t know what it is since I have not personally experienced it, but I can applaud any woman who has – it does not look easy. I feel that Catherine West is able to portray these emotions and thoughts well in the first-person view of Savannah. The story centrally revolves around her, but is also seen through her neighbor Brock and her daughter Zoe. Even the sound of the narrator’s voice was perfect for this story and the tone it presented.
A touch of Nicholas Sparks can be seen interwoven in plot points, creating a warm and emotional experience at the same time. I found myself going through several thoughts, specifically around infidelity. In my mind prior, if someone cheats on you, you don’t take them back. There may be forgiveness eventually, but how can you move past that betrayal? The portrait of Savannah and Kevin’s marriage makes that look not as easy as it sounds. I can see how they can rebuild their marriage if she chooses to take him back, because there are a number of factors that have contributed. Savannah knows as much as I do that having an affair is deeply painful, I think that the one being hurt can hold on to that and may not be able to forgive.
Read Where Hope Begins if you like the themes of:
- Moving on
What are your thoughts on forgiveness?