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What Hope Remembers by Johnnie Alexander

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What Hope Remembers by Johnnie AlexanderWhen Amy Somers loses her job as a lobbyist, she moves to Misty Willow, well aware that she’s crossing bridges she’d burned years before. With all the mistakes she’s made and the uncaring things she’s done–even to her own family–she can hardly believe that happiness will find her, especially when Gabe Kendall, her first crush and her first kiss, rides back into her life atop a buckskin mare.

A former Marine, Gabe is at loose ends after serving a prison sentence for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. He sees beyond Amy’s hard exterior to the girl he once knew and loved, and he longs to see her open her heart. Yet with his vision clouded by shame for his past and fears about the future, he finds it difficult to see the path ahead.

But the memory of that long-ago kiss just may have the power to reignite a romance that brings out the best in both of them.

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My Thoughts

Woo boy! Our leading lady Amy is one prickly gal! She is haunted by her past mistakes and feels unworthy, lonely, and cast aside despite the presence and support of her family. When it comes to fight or flight, Amy lashes out like an injured, cornered she-bear.

Former boy-next-door Gabe is all grown up with painful secrets of his own. He returns to the only place that feels like home and unexpectedly discovers his first love living right across the road. Gabe is compassionate, patient, and kind-hearted but he’s convinced his future is uncertain at best.

This sweet rural romance has an intriguing mystery thread and lots of down home country living fun. Readers will enjoy catching up with characters from the first two books while getting to know Amy and Gabe. What Hope Remembers is a lovely conclusion to the Misty Willow series!

I requested the opportunity to read this book through the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.


About the Author

Johnnie AlexanderJohnnie Alexander imagines stories while raccoons and foxes occasionally pass by her window. She is the award-winning author of Where Treasure Hides and Where She Belongs. Johnnie is an accomplished essayist and poet whose work has appeared in the Guideposts anthology A Cup of Christmas Cheer.

Johnnie is marketing director for the Mid-South Christian Writers Conference and president of the ACFW Memphis chapter. A graduate of Rollins College (Orlando) with a Master of Liberal Studies degree, she lives near Memphis with Griff, her happy-go-lucky collie, and Rugby, the princely papillon who trees those pesky raccoons whenever he gets the chance.

In addition to writing, she enjoys reading, spending time with her grandchildren, and taking road trips. She lives near Memphis, Tennessee. Join Johnnie on her website to experience the charm of country living, the love of random travel, and the joy of treasured memories.

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Misty Willow series

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book 1 review | book 2 review

Amy has a big adjustment to make when she moves from Columbus to Misty Willow.
Do you prefer life in the city or the countryside?

2 thoughts on “What Hope Remembers by Johnnie Alexander”

  1. I love living where I do–it has a country feel with some wide-open spaces, yet it has the conveniences of a good-sized town. The best of both worlds. I don’t enjoy living in large cities. They’re too busy for me.


  2. We love a mix of both. 🙂 We just built our dream retirement home. It’s outside the city limits by just a little bit but feels like out in the country because there are no neighbors. However, we are close enough to jump into town if we need something. Kind of the best of both worlds. 🙂


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