Show Me 5 Saturday – East Hope


Pick a book you’ve read or reviewed during the current week. Each Saturday post the answers to the numbered questions found below. The number indicates the number of answers to provide.

Since That’s A Novel Idea blog (originator of this meme) seems to be on vacation, you can find links to more Show Me Five reviews at Find Your Next Book Here.

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1 Book you read and/or reviewed this week:
East Hope by Katharine Davis

2 Words that describe the book:
Contemporary Fiction

3 Settings where it took place or characters you met:
Pennsylvania; Chevy Chase, Maryland; East Hope, Maine

4 Things you liked and/or disliked about it:
Liked the author’s spare writing;
Liked the Maine setting;
Wished some characters had more depth;
Liked it enough that I wish for a sequel.

5 Stars or less for your rating:
3.5 stars This is a book I’ll hang on to and read again down the road.

Memories of her life floated back – that comfortable existence, a time of ease when her life had been so calm, so worry-free, like a story that read, “Once upon a time there lived a woman whose life was quite perfect.” (p.268, East Hope)

East Hope
Several months after her husband’s sudden death, and troubled by one night’s indiscretion, Caroline Waverly seeks refuge in the house she’s inherited in East Hope, Maine. There she finds the courage to face the consequences of her choices—her precarious finances, her alienated college-age son, and the man she left behind.

Will Harmon also puts his old life behind him, arriving in East Hope to run the local used bookshop. As he questions his desires and struggles with his failing marriage, Will yearns for the wisdom to do what is right.

Then Caroline walks into Will’s bookstore, and they establish a tentative friendship—with the promise of something more. As they seek to rescue what is most important in their lives, they cling to a distant hope—for understanding, for family, and for love.