Author: Jennifer Ann Holt
Publisher: Cedar Fort
Published: February 8, 2012
Paperback: 224 pages
Genre: General Fiction
FTC FYI: Received a PDF copy from author in exchange for an honest review
Reviewed by Mindy
Goodreads Summary: Olivia Spencer wants to be a mother more than anything else, but years of infertility have left her soul wounded and her marriage strained. Allison Campbell is a young, single woman who discovers that a moment of excitement has led to an unplanned pregnancy and overwhelming heartache. Deep love paves the way for sacrifice as the lives of these two women touch.
Shanda reviewed Delivering Hope for the Blog Tour back in February, but when the author asked me for a review, I couldn’t resist. Jennifer and I have a lot in common. Although, we have only met once, she is from the same hometown as my husband. Good ‘ole Enterprise, Utah. Catch up on Shanda’s review here.
There were many things that I loved about this book. The way Olivia and Ally learned about the Atonement of our Savior, and especially how they applied it to their lives. Prayer was a big part of this book, and each woman had to learn that what they wanted may have be different then from what our Heavenly Father and Jesus had in store for them. There were many times that I cried when I was reading. There is an experience told to Ally from her friend Hannah’s mother that was especially touching. I loved it when Olivia read her great-aunt’s journal, and learned of her struggles with infertility. I loved it when Ally’s father told her family that they were like a bunch of sticks that can’t be broken. However, my favorite line was from Ally’s Bishop. (page 146)
Don’t give up. I know you’re going to make it through this. Don’t forget that Heavenly Father and Jesus are there to help you. They are as close as a prayer.
The book was very emotional for me at times. Even though I did not have the same experiences as Olivia and Ally, I could relate to how they felt about being a mother, and the feelings associated with having children. I cried when the baby was born, and for what each woman went through during that time. It is very well written, so have your Kleenex ready. Actually, the whole book is like that. I am very big on good, likable characters and this book does not disappoint. I also really appreciated how Jennifer told the reader her adoption experience.