Tuesday, July 12, 2022

The Best is Yet to Come by Debbie Macomber

 The Best is Yet to Come
Book Summary

When a woman alone in the world bravely chooses to open her heart, two lost souls have a new chance at belonging, in this intimate novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber.

A new beginning in charming Oceanside, Washington, is exactly what Hope Godwin needs after the death of her twin brother. There are plenty of distractions, like her cozy cottage with the slightly nosy landlords next door, and a brewing drama among her students at the local high school.

Even having settled quickly into the community, Hope still feels something is still missing. That is, until her landlords convince her to volunteer at their animal shelter. There she meets Shadow, a rescue dog that everyone has given up on. But true to her name, Hope believes he’s worth saving.
Like Shadow, shelter volunteer Cade Lincoln Jr. is suffering with injuries most can’t see. A wounded ex-marine, Cade identifies with Shadow, assuming they are both beyond help. Hope senses that what they each need is someone to believe in them, and she has a lot of love to give. As she gains Shadow’s trust, Hope notices Cade begins to open up as well. Finding the courage to be vulnerable again, Cade and Hope take steps toward a relationship, and Hope finally begins to feel at peace in her new home.

But Hope’s happiness is put to the test when Cade’s past conflicts resurface, and Hope becomes embroiled in the escalating situation at the high school. Love and compassion are supposed to heal all wounds, but are they enough to help Hope and Cade overcome the pain of their past and the obstacles in the way of a better future?
My Thoughts

The Best is Yet to Come by Debbie Macomber is a story about second chances and new beginnings.  I was immediately drawn into this story.  I like Debbie Macomber’s writing style.  It has such an ease to it.  I started reading and did not want to stop.  The story moved along at a quick pace.  I enjoyed getting to know Hope, Cade, Spencer, and Callie.   There are three storylines that play out from three points-of-view (Hope, Cade, and Spencer).  I like that the characters were realistic and relatable.  The characters also had real life problems.  Hope lost her twin brother who died a hero in an Afghan desert.  She misses him terribly and is looking for a new start.  She wanted a small town and Oceanside was the right choice.  Cade was wounded in Afghanistan plus he lost his two best friends.  He is estranged from his parents since he did not follow in his father’s footsteps to become a lawyer.  Spencer is a high school student who is also an uber geek.  He who cares for Callie, a popular girl who is dating the star of the football team.  Spencer wants to take Callie to homecoming.  When Callie needs help, a deal is struck.  Cade and Hope meet at an animal shelter.  Hope works to help a dog, Shadow who was severely traumatized (it is heart wrenching).   We see that there are different types of trauma.   Kindness, patience, love, and hope go a long way towards healing it along with therapy.   There are good life lessons in this story.  I like how everything came together into one heartwarming story.  The Best is Yet to Come shows the importance of hope, healing, friendship, and faith.  The Best is Yet to Come is an uplifting tale with an irate soldier, a compassionate teacher, a computer geek with a crush, a football player with a temper, a suffering Shadow, an understanding judge, a selfish old friend, and a thoughtful therapist.

The Best is Yet to Come is available from Amazon*.  Debbie Macomber has The Christmas Spirit coming out October 18 (I am eager to read her latest holiday novel).  You can find Debbie Macomber's other novels here.  Do not forget that today and tomorrow (July 12 and 13) are Amazon Prime DaysThere are some wonderful discounts being offered.  Tomorrow I am featuring A Poisonous Page by Kitt Crowe.  It is the second A Sweet Fiction Bookshop Mystery.  I am heading off to put up some lights outside.  I took down the Fourth of July lights and now the one area seems so dark at night.  So I am going to put some white lights there.  I hope that you have an inspiring day.  Take care, stay cool, and Happy Reading!


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