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Hope Springs

Title: Hope Springs
Author: Kim Tate
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Description: One family returns to Hope Springs to celebrate Christmas and say their good-byes to a beloved pastor and another simply returns to bury their father. The trip turns out to be much more. This story is about the mental, spiritual, and physical struggles of several people who are connected by their past, present, and future. The Sanders and the Anderson Families grew up together as neighbors in small town of Hope Springs. As with most family reunions there is a significant amount of drama that transpires. This story focuses primarily on relationships with family members, with their neighborhood, with their community, and their relationship with God. Cousins Stephanie, Janelle, and Libby team up with Becca, as they are put through spiritual “boot camp.” They are all forced out of their comfort zones and are thrust into the wheels of change. While everyone is experiencing their own version of humility, Grandma Geri shares with them the family’s shameful secret. The secret has Grandma Geri nearly bursting at the seams. Is it forgiveness that she seeks or simply confession of her sins? Meanwhile, the two new pastors must decide to come together as the family of God or continue as two racially separate churches. They battle with the changing of times, attitudes, and long held traditions. The church is not the pastor, the music, nor the building. The church is the people coming together to worship God.


This was a pretty good story. I found myself having to readjust a few times. Some of the characters are African American (or Black), while others are Caucasian (White). At first I didn’t realize how important race was to the story. The author did not provide physical details to the characters, so that was let completely up to the reader. Of course, all my characters started out all Caucasian, because that is my default (since I am also Caucasian). Then the some of the characters had a southern dialect and sometimes they would speak very differently from what I am used to hearing. For example, I have never in my life heard anyone say “I’m sayin’!” Perhaps that is a regional saying, of which I am not accustomed to. Things like that took me by surprise and I had to reread them to find the proper context.

Overall the story was heartfelt and could certainly be turned into a movie. I can see it now, but it would definitely be a “chick flick.”

I would recommend this to a friend. There are many life lessons and examples of God’s grace through the lives of the characters. Complicated, but well done.


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