Nora Lewis just wants an escape after losing her fiancé in the Great War. When she inherits property in England, she boldly packs up and leaves America for a fresh start. But, if not for her dashing new neighbor, Colin Ashby, she’d be lost. Even as their friendship deepens, Nora knows a British aristocrat would never be free to love an American orphan, no matter how much the war has changed the world …
After his brother’s death in the war and his own experiences as a pilot at the front, Colin returns home broken, only to discover his family’s estate is also in ruin. The pressure is now on him to save his home and the Ashbys’ place in society with a well-bred match to a wealthy heiress. Too bad he finds more of a kindred spirit in Nora, the beautiful American next door. She, too, has faced the rigors of war and survived. Now the ex-soldier will have one more battle to fight–this time for love.
Publisher and Release Date: Forever, April 2015
Time and Setting: England, Lake District, 1920
Genre: Inspirational Historical Romance
Reviewer Rating: 4 Stars
Review by Natalie
Nora and Colin have both weathered the Great War and come out on the other side having lost the people most important to them. Nora’s childhood sweetheart and fiancé was killed and as she was recovering from the shock of his death her parents died in the Spanish Influenza epidemic. She has been alone on her parent’s farm in Iowa since then and is surrounded by the life that she might have had.
Colin and his older brother were high-flying pilots, and while Colin loved Christopher he was happy to finally be moving out of the shadow of his older brother until his brother’s plane was hit in a dog fight. Now Colin is the heir to the family title and is buckling under the burden of taking over his family responsibilities. He knows what was lost in the war can never be recovered and is struggling to find a way to deal with his pain and responsibilities.
When Nora receives word that she has inherited an English sheep farm from her father’s cousin she decides that a new life is what she needs if she is ever to recover from her loses. Packing up a few small belongings, she journeys across the Midwest and then the Atlantic to find a new life.
When Colin encounters his new neighbor – Nora – he finds a woman who has been touched deeply by the war, rather than yet another heiress looking for fun with a high-flying playboy. Colin instantly warms to Nora and finds that he is able to talk about his heavy burdens in a way that wasn’t possible before. Nora finds herself craving the company of the aristocratic Colin, even though she is sure nothing can ever come of their budding friendship.
A Hope Remembered is the third instalment in Stacy Henrie’s Love and War series and follows two people who have lost all they had, through the reawakening of their feelings and their spirituality. Nora has a strong belief in her faith and helps Colin find a way to accept his new responsibilities as well as the loss of his beloved older brother through his relationship with God. The book deals with several difficult themes, including depression, loss and the horrors of war that soldiers saw on the battlefield and then continued to experience once they were back home.
Colin and Nora are both sympathetic characters who seem to be trying to do the right thing in carrying on with their lives while shouldering their burdens alone. They both slowly realize that opening up their hearts, accepting new love and cherishing their memories of loved ones will help them heal over time. A Hope Remembered is not racy but it does contain a deep love that grows out of mutual understanding and a dear friendship for both the lead characters. The subplots of Nora’s family origins and Colin’s family facing financial ruin help bring the two together in a meaningful way that might not have been otherwise possible between an American Sheep herder and a manor=born aristocrat.
If you are looking for a sweet story about accepting loss and finding new love that is also historically accurate, then A Hope Remembered will set your heart soaring.