Former bad girl Katie Stone can feel the weight of her reputation settle over her as she drives home for the first time in years. Feeling deeply guilty about her past mistakes, Katie wants to do the right thing for once. But the small town where she grew up is not nearly as forgiving as she’d hoped. Despite it all, she’s determined to help her parents cope with her mother’s recent illness, and Katie finds a surprise ally in the man next door.
Asher Powell never minded being the son of a small-town pastor until a recent breakup leaves him wounded by lifelong members of his church. He remembers his new neighbor as a mean-spirited high school troublemaker, but he senses that her newfound faith and desire for forgiveness are sincere.
Through an unexpected friendship, two people from different worlds find peace, hope, and a second chance they never dreamed was possible.
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“The only one who could ever reach me, was the son of a preacher man…”
When I first heard the premise for Tammy Gray’s My Hope Next Door, I must admit this is the refrain that was imprinted on my mind. Thankfully, this book is anything but a saccharine sanitized redemption story. My Hope Next Door is a soul-stirring and faith affirming atonement story about broken individuals striving for peace and hope.
Katie Stone was the poster child mean girl in high school. When she returns to her hometown, her path is wrought with destruction of her own making. Her newfound faith is discredited by her community and family due to her malevolent history, and their misgivings seem insurmountable. Without Asher’s infallible devotion and steadfast encouragement, Katie may have capitulated to the demons of her past. Asher is not to be mistaken as a sanctimonious hero; no, he is a man in turmoil and reeling from betrayal who finds a kindred spirit in Katie Stone.
More than ever, my book tastes crave stories steeped in authenticity with the storylines that are nuanced. Tammy Gray has gifted readers with a novel that honours our need to connect with characters whose struggles and burdens mirror our own. My Hope Next Door is a beautiful story about the fragility of new faith, and the enduring hope in salvation.
**Disclosure: I was provided a copy of this book by the publisher. All opinions in this review are my own.**