After a year of grieving her divorce and living a life permanently stuck on pause, Laila Richardson is finally ready to have her own happy ending. Then a listing for a quaint cottage in another town answers her prayers for a fresh beginning—one that will bring her closer to her new boyfriend, Ben. Unfortunately, in her small town of Fairfield, Georgia, letting go of the past is virtually impossible. No one wants to see her move on, including the man who destroyed her heart to begin with.
Chad Richardson has spent years in misery but finally has his life on somewhat stable ground. When he learns his ex-wife is dating, he knows it’s time to go back and fight for the life he abandoned. Bolstered by his newfound sobriety, Chad has every intention of winning back the woman he loves, even if that means facing old demons that are waiting for him to fail.
Passions run deep as two souls searching for a second chance find the courage to let go of old patterns. Can they recognize that their dreams are still possible, even when forged from a broken past?
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Dear readers, divorce, substance abuse, emotional trauma and heartbreak are real. If they are not a part of your personal reality, it is easy to disregard them or not have them at the forefront of our reading experience. But do you know what else is real? Healing, redemption, forgiveness, atonement, and grace. These two dichotomies coexist with unrestrained poignancy in Tammy L Gray’s latest novel, My Unexpected Hope. All of these elements, both the raw and the joyful, are catalysts for one of the most soul stirring, impassioned and expressive love stories I have read this year. Laila and Chad are alternatively heart-wrenching, passionate, infuriating, and humbling. As each layer of their story is stripped back and new truths and hurts are exposed, more life is breathed into these dynamic characters who become indelibly settled in your heart.
My Unexpected Hope dares readers of inspirational fiction to step beyond their comfort zone and acknowledge life’s hardships while simultaneously beholding the beauty of hope. I rejoice that there are authors like Tammy L Gray who craft stories that recognize that a character’s trajectory does not end with a ring, I do, and happily ever after. I highly recommend that the readers first familiarize themselves with these characters in Tammy Grays’s RITA award winning novel, My Hope Next Door, although either novel can be enjoyed as a stand alone.
**Disclosure: Review copy provided by the author. All opinions are my own.**