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Friday, January 30, 2015

Pump Up Your Book Presents: Colorado Hope by Charlene Whitman; #Review

Title: Colorado Hope
Author: Charlene Whitman
Publisher: Ubiquitous Press
Pages: 412
Genre: Sweet Western Historical Romance
Format: Kindle
Rating:  4 Stars

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received this book for review from Pump Up Your Book and the author.  I was not compensated nor was I required to write a positive review.  The opinions I have expressed are my own.  I am posting this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255:  "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising".

1875 ~ Beset by a sudden spring storm on the Front Range, newlywed Grace Cunningham watches in horror as her husband, Monty, is swept downriver. Pregnant and despairing, she stumbles into Fort Collins and tries to make a life for herself, praying that one day the man she loves will walk into town and back into her life.
A year after Grace’s tragic loss, Monty enters the dress shop where she works—with a beautiful woman on his arm. Shocked that he has no recollection of her, Grace is determined to win back his heart. Somehow she must help him regain his memories and his buried love for her—and not just for her sake but for the sake of their infant son, Ben.
Monty, miserable in his marriage to a woman he hardly knows, is inexplicably drawn to Grace. Every time he’s near her, memories surface, but they are hazy and troubling. He’s torn between his vows and the desires of his heart, for he cannot stay away from Grace.
Grace’s hope is sparked when Monty starts recalling glimpses of his past. But when murderous outlaws come to town, she is thrust into grave danger. Monty risks his life to rescue her, only to face even greater perils in the treacherous mountains. Can she truly hang on to hope when she is about to lose all she loves?

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My Thoughts:
Grace Ann Cunningham is on a trip out West with her husband.  The author reminds the reader that the trip out West, during that period in time, was not as easy as it is today.  Lenora is a woman of questionable morals.  She also likes to use current circumstances to her advantage.  One great reason to keep turning the page is to see if she gets what’s coming to her.  The other is you will want to make sure that Grace finds happiness.  But there’s a mystery that needs solving for her to be truly happy.

This story shows how resourceful people had to be in those days – and remember that means no modern technology either.  But one thing that will never change, in any point in history, is the love a mother has for her child.  It’s a story that made me glad that I was born when I was – I’ve seen a lot of history and I wouldn’t change that for anything.    You hear about those people that are in their hundreds – can you imagine the types of things they’ve seen in the century that they have been on this planet. 

Our author reminds the reader how much time it has taken for the perceptions of women to change.  I think if we switched places with Grace, we’d both be a fish out of water.  It also shows that some things never change – assumptions and gossip can be very hurtful.  Ms. Whitman also knows how to grab her reader’s attention with all these twists and turns – something that makes it difficult to put down.  She has to be a pretty good writer because when reading some of Grace’s scenes I would smile and when I read Lenora’s I would scowl.  It’s a series that I look forward to continue reading.

Charlene Whitman spent many years living on Colorado’s Front Range. She grew up riding and raising horses, and loves to read, write, and hike the mountains. She attended Colorado State University in Fort Collins as an English major. She has two daughters and is married to George “Dix” Whitman, her love of thirty years. Colorado Hope is the second sweet Historical Western Romance novel in her Front Range series.
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