Book Review: Emily’s Hope by Ellen Gable

A while back  I had the opportunity to read and review one of Ellen’s book, “Stealing Jenny.” I enjoyed the book very much so I was thrilled when Ellen gave me a Kindle copy of “Emily’s Hope,” to also read and review. Thanks Ellen!

From the book description:

“Emily’s Hope is the gripping story of one young woman’s physical, emotional, spiritual journey from high school to adulthood. Interspersed throughout the story are flashbacks to Emily’s great-grandmother’s troubled life, with a climax culminating in the surprising revelation that Emily and her great-grandmother are connected more deeply than by ancestral ties alone.”

My thoughts:

The story begins with Emily being rushed to the hospital because of complications due to her pregnancy. From there the story flashes back to Emily’s high school years, her college years, her meeting, courting and marital life to Jason. We journey with Emily as she learns to reluctantly accept and then eventually embrace the Catholic Church’s teaching on sexuality and natural family planning.

Interspersed with Emily’s story are flashbacks to Emily’s great-grandmother, Katherine, who leads a difficult, faithless life. Throughout the book, the story goes back and forth from Emily’s story to Katherine’s, until the converge in unique way at the end.

I enjoyed the book, but I have to admit, it wasn’t as engaging as “Stealing Jenny.” I also thought that the time-line of both Emily and Katherine’s stories were too broad of a scope for me to be able to get into the story.

Having said that, Ellen does an excellent job outlining the Church’s teaching on sexuality and natural family planning. She does so in a tasteful, natural manner, during the course of different conversations. The premise of the book is great and the topic is so appropriate for our time.

As for the characters, They were believable for the most part. It was easy to like Emily and I liked watching her spiritual growth as she deepened her understanding and love for the Church. Jason was a little too good to be true, but that’s oddly what I liked about him! As for Katherine, however, there was not enough background about her to elicit any sympathy for her. She is a harsh, stoic woman and it was impossible to like her at all, even at the end.

Over all, this was an enjoyable, easy read and I would definitely recommend this book –  to “NFP-ers” and “non-NFP-ers” alike.

I give this book 3 stars.

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  1. Thanks so much for the honest review, Carol! I appreciate you taking the time to read and review my first novel! Have a blessed Holy Week!
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