Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Review: Claire's Hope by T. K. Chapin


Claire's Hope
T. K. Chapin
Love's Enduring Promise #3

Synopsis from Goodreads:
"Sometimes hope comes when we're least expecting it." 

Claire Vander might be only eighteen years old, but she's learning how hard life can get. What was supposed to be an amazing time in her life with graduation just around the corner, turns into a downward spiral she cannot get out of. 

Sometimes God has to let us hit our bottom in order to bring us back up, and that's just what happens to Claire. Starting with the death of her parents, Claire's life soon begins to unravel quickly as she continuously tries in her own power to bring it all together. Sex, drugs and alcohol can't solve her problems, but they are an easy distraction from them. Can Claire break her destructive cycle and find hope, redemption and what true love really means? 


When Claire’s parents die in a car accident during her senior year of high school, her life changes dramatically.  She refuses to live with her aunt and uncle even though her younger brother does, claiming their rules, such as attending church and curfew, are too extreme.  Instead, Claire chooses her own path, making independent decisions that end up making the already difficult situation much worse. 

I enjoyed Claire’s Hope, by T. K. Chapin.  It was definitely a tale of pain, redemption, and love, showing the consequences of bad decisions and the hope Christ’s love can afford.  I especially appreciated the title’s double meaning, which I will allow the readers to discover themselves.

There were many difficult situations in this novel.  The characters dealt with death, drugs, abuse, and more.  It pained me how much hardship Claire had to endure even though many of them were the results of her own foolish actions.  But, the author addressed the situations very well and made the hope of Christ evident and clearly presented.  Claire went through a journey of growth that ended in hope and happiness.  Only through belief and trust in God and the good people around her did Claire’s life begin to improve. 

I appreciated the setting.  It is always nice to have a novel set in a not-so-well-known city, especially when the reader is somewhat familiar with it!  I suppose I am a little biased, but I believe the author did a lovely job with the setting, varying the locations between city and country and describing them well.

Overall, I enjoyed Claire’s Hope.  I would recommend it to fans of contemporary YA, inspirational novels. 

I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.  

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