Love, Hope by Juliet Ann Conlin – Blog/Instagram Tour

A huge thank you to Love Books Tours for organising this tour and to Juliet Ann Conlin and Hodder for the review copy of this special book to read and review with honesty.

Synopsis

An unexpected letter. An unlikely friendship. A chance to start again.

Ever since she first picked up a violin, Hope Sullivan dreamed of going to music college, joining an orchestra and travelling the world with her best friend Janey. But when her parents were killed in a car accident on the way to one of her recitals, she gave it all up to look after her younger sister, Autumn. Ten years later, Janey is living their dream on her own, Autumn is flourishing as a doctor and Hope’s life is smaller and less musical than ever.

Arnold Quince had the happiest of lives – until he lost his beloved wife Marion. Once the life and soul of the village, he withdrew into his grief and pushed all his friends away. Now, five years on, he is sick, lonely and just counting down the years until he can be with Marion again.

When Hope and Arnold are pushed into writing to one another, neither has any idea how much their life is about to change.

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My Thoughts

Oh Wow!

It’s not uncommon for a book to evoke tonnes of emotions however they rarely make me cry but Love, Hope did exactly that.  It such a beautiful novel of friendships, loss and love and it’s stunning to read. 

Love, Hope is a collection of letters, emails and texts that span the life of Hope Sullivan.  Beginning at 8 years old and going on a journey until adulthood the letters come together to form a picture of Hope’s life.  After loosing her parents at a young age and taking on guardianship of her younger sister, Hope sacrifices all her dreams and ambitions.      

A young musical violin genius with a very bright future ahead Hope forms a firm friendship with fellow pupil Janey which runs throughout the whole novel.  This relationship is simply beautiful and just sums up what a true friendship should be like – warts and all. Janey sticks with Hope through grieving and her withdrawal from life and gently nudges her to start living again. 

Later in life Hope begins writing to Arnold, an elderly man introduced via her sister.  Arnold has also suffered a tragic loss in life that he hasn’t fully grieved for and a correspondence relationship begins.  I felt that Hope revealed more of her true self and her deep-rooted fears and feelings during these letters and Juliet Ann Conlin really portrays how it can be easier opening up to a stranger through this relationship.   

In her short texts and conversations with her sister Autumn, the strain a loss and grieving can put of family and relationships is told delicately. 

Overall Love, Hope deals with grieving and loss in a sensitive way.  Despite the themes in this novel it is uplifting and heart-warming and I was smitten by every character in there.  It’s an absolute must for your TBR and I cannot recommend it enough.     

Author Bio – Juliet Ann Conlin

Juliet Conlin was born in London and grew up in England and Germany. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Lancaster University and a PhD in Psychology from the University of Durham. She works as a writer and translator and lives with her husband and four children in Berlin. She writes in both English and German. Her novels include ‘The Fractured Man’ (Cargo, 2013), ‘The Uncommon Life of Alfred Warner in Six Days’ (Black & White Publishing, 2017), ‘The Lives Before Us’ (Black & White, 2019), and ‘Sisters of Berlin (Black & White, 2020). Subscribe to Juliet’s newsletter, NOTES FROM BERLIN, www.julietconlin.com/notes-from-berlin.

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