Friday, February 7, 2020

Review: Hope Out Loud by Kristina Riggle

Hope Out Loud
by Kristina Riggle

Publisher: NLA Digital
Pages: 126
Format: eARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Five years after the summer of The Life You’ve Imagined, Anna Geneva’s mother is getting married. This means Anna must return to her hometown and the scene of her infamous affair with her teenage love Will Becker, who was married at the time, with a young daughter. Anna plans to avoid him, watch her mom get married, and hightail it back to her private law practice and her cozy apartment in Chicago.

But in a town as small as Haven, avoiding the elder son of a prominent family is harder than it seems, especially with so much shared history. And Maeve Geneva’s wedding? Well, the bride is starting to worry that maybe she’s not ready to marry again after all, though she swears her ex-husband’s affectionate postcards have nothing to do with that.

Anna thought she’d left her hometown behind for good five years ago, but she’s learning it takes more than two hundred miles along the Lake Michigan shore to put Haven truly behind her…

Kritters Thoughts:  It has been five years since the book The Life You've Imagined and we are revisiting the characters to see where they are right now and when Anna returns home the past will come back up to the surface.  It was great to revisit these characters after some time had elapsed - I liked this concept.  

Anna returns to her hometown for her mother's wedding and of course she will run into those she left when she returned to Chicago to start her own law firm.  The person she would like to try to avoid keeps popping up in all the places - Will Becker.  Will is going through his own stuff as his wife and him have separated and are trying to co parent their two young children and navigate this new life predicament. 

This sequel was a bit shorter than the first book, but I was so thankful for the sneak peek back into these characters lives that the book length didn't affect my enjoyment one bit.  

I would absolutely suggest at starting at the first book in the series and then enjoy this little mini sequel.

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Ebook 2020 Challenge: 2 out of 100

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Netgalley  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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