NEW RELEASE & REVIEW: HOPE ON THE HORIZON by Kathryn McNeill Crane

November 29, 2018 Adrienne's Reviews, New Release, Release Day 0 ★★★★½

NEW RELEASE & REVIEW:  HOPE ON THE HORIZON by Kathryn McNeill Cranefour-half-stars
Hope on the Horizon by Kathryn M. Crane
Published by Kathryn McNeill Crane on November 29, 2018
Genres: Clean, Romance, Suspense
Pages: 235
ASIN: B07JLD5YQ9
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Falling in love isn't on her to-do list.
Managing a two-hundred acre campground and guiding whitewater trips are enough to fill Hailey White's lonely days. When acts of vandalism threaten her home and business, she’s forced to ask for help. Her best friend's brother is the last person she expects to come to her rescue.


One bullet will end all his nightmares forever.
Angry voices in his head, survivor's guilt, and a busted leg make Walker Carriker wish he were dead. When a roadside bomb ends his career as a Marine, he’s forced to stay with family in the remote mountains of North Carolina. His sister's best friend is the last person he expects to help him find a reason to live.

She's bubbly and optimistic, with a smattering of sarcasm.
He's angry and bitter, with a heaping dose of cynicism.
She talks too much. He has all the answers.
These two are like oil and vinegar, but the more
time they spend together, the more they heal.

When he's lost all faith, can Hailey show Walker there’s Hope on the Horizon?

I have been waiting ever so patiently for Kathryn McNeill Crane to release another book.  Her writing is always so beautiful, her characters are as strong as they are sweet.  Kathryn’s storytelling is truly special, she makes you feel all warm and fuzzy while tackling really important issues.

Hailey and Walker are the medicine and the balm that they both don’t know they need.  Hailey is running a business, alone, and Walker is recovering after being injured by a roadside bomb.  Hailey needs help to uncover who’s sabotaging her business and Walker needs to recover and reassess his future.  Walker would love for Hailey to stop talking and Hailey, well I honestly believe she just wants the best for Walker.  She wants him to heal physically and mentally.  Her character comes across as one who cares deeply, the walls she’s built to protect herself are evidence of that.

After all that Walker has been through it’s no surprise he suffers from PTSD.  I thought the author handled every aspect with compassion, integrity, and respect.  Especially highlighting the special relationship between Walker and his dog Samson.  I don’t think enough credit is given to the amazing powers of service/therapy animals.  I can’t give enough praise to Kathryn for how all of it was portrayed.  We didn’t know a whole lot about PTSD when I was growing up.  My father’s “issues” were absolutely because of PTSD and there was nowhere near enough resources to help him or us.

As if this isn’t enough to make you grab a copy, there’s plenty of mystery and suspense in here too!  Lots of suspects in this small town as to who is vandalizing Hailey’s equipment.  With lots of twists and turns, I was actually surprised with how it all turned out.

Hope on the Horizon is the perfect winter weekend read.  So if you’re looking for a great read, grab some hot cocoa, a warm blanket, and snuggle up!  You won’t be disappointed.

* I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader’s Copy of this book *

 

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About Kathryn M. Crane

If you are reading this, I think you should know that “About me” sounds so very pretentious to me. I guess that is what I am supposed to write about, so here it goes!

Kathryn is a simple country girl who likes to spend time with her hubba, hunka hubby, her three kids and her friends. She loves to cook and really loves to eat! During the spring and summer, you will more than likely find her outside puttering around in her garden. When the veggies start coming in, she will probably be sweating over a hot canner in the kitchen, canning all the goodies she is blessed with. Kathryn likes to hike and go camping, and as a Girl Scout leader, she gets to do this pretty often! On cold winter nights, you will probably find her wrapped in a warm blanket, lost in a good book, while sitting in her rocking chair on the front porch!

Kathryn was born and raised in North Carolina, and while she loves to travel, she can’t imagine ever leaving the mountains that she has come to call home. Not a day goes by that Kathryn doesn’t thank God for abundantly blessing her. He has been so good to her, and she is very grateful. She holds Jeremiah 29:11 very close to her heart and believes it with every fiber of her being. “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Kathryn loves flip flops, chocolate, sweet tea and dirt between her toes. As far back as she can remember, she’s had a book in her hand. Reading has carried her to places she will never go. It has introduced her to people that she will never meet. When life is great and when it is rough, she’s always been able to find a book to carry her through. She finally decided to write down some of the stories in her head (yes, be scared) and heart after dawdling around and wasting years dreaming. She hopes you enjoy reading those stories as much as she loves writing them!

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Overall: 4.5

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