Highest of Hopes by Susan Anne Mason | Book Review by Loraine Nunley #BookReview @lorainenunley

Synopsis of the book

After her beloved grandfather’s death, Emmaline Moore is shocked to discover that her deceased father is actually alive in Canada. Having no other family, Emma decides she must find him, and so embarks on a journey across the ocean, accompanied by her best friend Jonathan. Unfortunately, Randall Moore and his family aren’t thrilled by her arrival, fearing her sudden appearance will hinder his chance at becoming mayor of Toronto in 1919. Despite everything, Emma remains determined to gain their affections.

Jonathan Rowe has secretly loved Emma for years and hopes that during their trip he can win her heart. Concerned that Randall might reject her, Jonathan is ready to console Emma and bring her home. But when she informs him that she has no intention of returning to England, Jonathan fears he’ll lose her forever. Is there any way to convince her that the love she seeks could be right in front of her?

My review:

Wonderful characters struggling to find love and acceptance. This story was a great lesson in taking a good look at what is right in front of us before seeking something that we may already have.

Oh Emma… I really felt for her. She badly wanted the love and acceptance of her father. So much that it made her blind to the love she already possessed. Yes, there were times when I wanted to shake her, but I could understand her drive to fit into her new family.

Emma’s stubborn determination backfired on Jonathan. Poor guy. I loved his loyalty and understood completely when he’d had enough of Emma’s misguided desires. But without the struggle, the happily ever after wouldn’t be so sweet, right? And it was.

I really enjoy the inspirational elements that this author brings to her stories. They are expertly sewn throughout the story without being preachy.

What I enjoyed most about this book:

This was a page turner for me. Emma and Jonathan had so much working against them, I wasn’t sure how it would work out.

What I didn’t like about this book:

Even though there were times when I wanted to shake Emma, the story just wouldn’t have been as powerful if her desires weren’t so much to overcome. That’s not really a negative is it?

My rating:  5 out of 5 stars

Would I recommend this book to others? Yes. I loved that there were so many obstacles and yet love won out in the end. I also really enjoyed the secondary characters. This is the second book in the series and it can be read as a standalone.

Note: I received this book complimentary as a member of the author’s launch team. I was not required to give a positive review. All of the opinions I have expressed her are my own.

Where can I learn more about this author and their books?

Susan Anne Mason, author website

-Loraine Nunley

 

2 thoughts on “Book Review: The Highest of Hopes by Susan Anne Mason

  1. Sounds like an interesting book that I would like to see if she returns to England with the guy who loves her.

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