Hope Rising by Stacy Henrie ~ My Review + Giveaway!

Hope Rising(Of Love and War, Book 2)
by Stacy Henrie
Copyright 2014
Forever Romance
ISBN: 9781455598816
The Story: 
In France at the height of World War I, American nurse Evelyn Gray is no stranger to suffering. She's helped save the life of many a soldier, but when she learns her betrothed has been killed, her own heart may be broken beyond repair. Summoning all her strength, Evelyn is determined to carry on-not just for herself and her country, but for her unborn child.

Corporal Joel Campbell dreams of the day the war is over and he can return home and start a family. When a brutal battle injury puts that hope in jeopardy, Joel is lost to despair . . . until he meets Evelyn. Beautiful, compassionate, and in need of help, she makes an unconventional proposal that could save their lives-or ruin them irrevocably. Now, amidst the terror and turmoil of the Western Front, these two lost souls will have to put their faith in love to find the miracle they've been looking for.

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My Thoughts:
The Of Love and War series flew in under the radar so to speak. I haven't read much in the way of promotion from the publisher or about the author until recently, but these short little romances have trotted their way to the top of my book list for 2014 beating out some big names! With the first book, we met the Campbell sister, Livy, on the homefront during The Great War. Hope Rising follows Joel through battlefield and field hospital where he meets his best friend's girl, nurse Evelyn Gray. Each of their stories is poignant and heartbreaking as war time sagas usually are. However, where book one focused on life in the States for those fighting at home, book two offers a glimpse at the battles faced on and off the fields of combat.

Hope Rising is one of those stories that starts off fast and dives right in to the romance as well as the heartbreak. Where Hope at Dawn took a while to take off, this story pulled me in right from the get go! As a nurse on the war front, being married is a no-no and being unmarried with child is considered grounds for immediate dismissal. Not wanting to disappoint her family or endanger her unborn baby, Evelyn must find a solution and quickly or put the life she knows in jeopardy. Joel Campbell was severely wounded in the battle that also took the life of Evelyn's fiance and feels responsible for Evelyn and her well-being. Henrie, weaves this story in such a way that is believable and entertaining. Even though it is a romance, it doesn't have that "fluff" feel. It's a pretty dramatic tale, but still remains hopeful and uplifting.

The Of Love and War saga continues with A Hope Remembered in March 2015. In the meantime, the Christmas novella, A Christmas Hope, is now available and is just thing to tide you over through the busy holiday season if you don't have time to read a full-length romance! I for one have really enjoyed this series and am looking forward to more!

Read my review of Hope at Dawn.

~ My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars ~

The publisher is giving away a print copy of Hope Rising to TEN lucky winners!
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*I receive complimentary books for review from publishers, publicists, and/or authors. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255.*

Happy Reading!


  1. Thanks for reading and reviewing it, Renee! Loved what you said about them making it to the top of your 2014 book list. :)

  2. Renee, thank you for hosting this terrific giveaway! I will add it to my blog's sidebar, and share it with my readers.

    1. Thanks, Suko! I always appreciate your enthusiasm! :-)

  3. I've had my eye on the Christmas one. Glad you enjoyed them. I hope you are having a wonderful holiday season, Renee!

    1. Thank you so much, Carrie! I hope you have a lovely Christmas and holiday season too. :-)


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