Release Week and Review: Hopeful by Louise Bay

  Hopeful cover  
Expected publication: July 15th 2014

Hopeful Synopsis 


  ***Not suitable for younger readers due to sexual content and language.*** 
Guys like Joel Wentworth weren't supposed to fall in love with girls like me. He could have had his pick of the girls on campus, but somehow the laws of nature were defied and we fell crazy in love. For a short time, I thought it would be for infinity. On July 10, 2006, immediately after graduation, Joel left for New York. And, despite him wanting me to go with him, I'd refused, unwilling to disappoint my parents and risk the judgment of my friends. I hadn’t seen him again. Never even spoke to him. I've spent the last eight years working hard to put my career front and center in my life, dodging any personal complications. I have a strict no-dating policy. I've managed to piece together a reality that works for me. Until now. Now, Joel's coming back to London. And I need to get over him before he gets over here.    


Despite the face that the synopsis of the book almost makes the book sound like many other books out there, it is not quite the same.  It has it's own uniqueness of its own that makes it standout.

Joel and Ava begin their relationship with hidden study sessions in college.  They slowly develop a secret relationship.  When it's time for Joel to move on from school, Ava isn't quite ready to take the plunge with him.  If you want my honest opinion, she isn't mature enough for what he is wanting from her.

Now Joel is moving back.  Ava is sure that she can just stay away from him.  She is embarrassed and ashamed of how things went down.  However, they pick back up where they left off.  Her being not quite mature enough for what he has to offer, and him wanting it all.

This book goes back and forth from college to present in a very smooth way.  It transitions very well.  We are able to get to know the characters as a whole by the way the book is written.  Their chemistry is so well portrayed, it's hard not to fall into the book completely!


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  Ruined by romantic mini-series of the seventies and eighties, I love all things romantic. There's not enough of it in real life so I'll settle for books and films. I love the rain, the West Wing, London, days when you don't have to wear make-up, being alone, being with friends, elephants and champagne. 


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