Firstly, I need to mention how beautiful the cover for Losing Hope is; apt and befitting. A cover must catch the reader's eye, entice them to look further and this works wonderfully. Heidi Lis is not an author I have read before, I had a quick look on site and realised she had other works already published. I’m happy to say after reading this book I would likely read more from her. Fluent writing style, conveying emotions well. Solid plot line, immersive and engaging; I didn’t skip anything and enjoyed, for the most part, what I read.
Chapter one is a doozy; throws you right in at the deep end. By the time the reader gets to chapter three well…. you’ll be swimming in tissues. This author has no hesitation pulling her punches right at the beginning. That’s what we want right? Something that drags us in, something that pulls those emotional heartstrings until they unravel. The first few chapters are intensely raw and in places starkly brutal, scenes that don’t leave the imagination so easily. However, after these first few chapters, I felt the emotive facet fell away rather quickly and the story never quite regained that same clout. The author takes her time teasing out details, which does work often, but unfortunately the hinting became annoying in some places and I really didn’t see the need for some of it. Hence a frustrated reader and not in a ‘can’t wait for the reveal’ kind of way either.
Onto the characters; Heidi wrote some good, well developed ones, for the most part likeable. My opinions shifted a few times the further I read but I think most readers will be the same. Hope was the tragic girl, life had beaten her down more than a few times and we have one very broken girl struggling to adapt to a life that is so far different from what it used to be. Having a good support system in her best friend Ireland, her father and brother, made her life bearable. I guess this is Hope’s struggle to live as normal a life as she possibly can. Her reactions to some things were overbearing and over the top in some aspects, let the solidity of her character down sometimes.
I wasn’t altogether swept away with the plot/subplot of Ian. I’m probably in the minority here so I shall explain. There’s no argument that when they met they were both low and vulnerable and that they absolutely needed each other. It was a turning point for both. Hope always said she felt ‘comfortable’ with Ian. It should have stayed that way. His actions afterwards were a little mean and honestly, should have been the end of whatever they shared. Don’t get me wrong, Ian was a tremendously lovable man battling his own demons, the reader can’t help the affection bestowed on his character. Yet I felt what he and Hope shared was ‘lacking’. After all, if you love someone so much how can you fall head over heels for another?
Damien (and not the ex) was a totally different kettle of fish and in stark contrast to Ian, Hope fell hard for this man. Again, we find out that he too has things from his past he would rather keep there. Unfortunately, it isn’t often his choice to do so as his past rears its ugly, ugly head in the form of Alli. Sparks flew between Damien and Hope from the offset, yet they couldn’t get over that hill. I was disappointed greatly with the turn of events concerning Damien, the outcome left a bad taste in my mouth. I think he was cheated, I think Hope was cheated, and I think Ian was cheated.
The ending felt lukewarm, there was no conviction in the decisions made. It wasn’t a gushing ending for me, again a tad let down. I’d like to see more of the characters in the book, I think you have an excellent base for a story on Hunter and Ireland and definitely Damien. I would go on to read them despite my reservations and observations of Losing Hope. I would have to rate this a 4 star read at a push, some of my comments are personal opinions but I can definitely see the appeal this read will have and how readers will enjoy it.
Kindle Friends Forever reviewer Klaire recommends this read – with plenty tissues.
- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 952 KB
- Print Length: 290 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06XQSGT91
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Customer Reviews: 9 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #549,410 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)