Like a dandelion in the wind, Hope Ladley blows from one farm to the next, helping cook for the field hands during the harvest. Illiterate and often twisting cliches and Bible verses into mind-boggling observations, Hope leaves widower Jakob Stauffer baffled by her unconventional ways. But her sunny disposition and unstinting love make changes of a different kind around the place. His little daughter and the pregnant sister he's shielding from an abusive husband adore Hope, and things are getting accomplished even if Hope's methods are unique. Then Jakob's brother-in-law shows up and threatens the newfound peace and happiness of the farm. With Jakob's future uncertain and his heart tangled, can the farmer convince Hope to take root and remain as his wife?
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Good, just not the best i've read from the author| Posted March 04, 2009
Authors often tend toward melodrama, but Hake stays away from overdoing anything. Hope’s accent throughout this book is obviously southern without getting annoying or hard to read. Jakob’s grief is authentically shown. I felt compassion for him, yet I didn‘t think he was wallowing in it.
Even the humor is placed beautifully. A father’s wish to get his three daughters married well, is hilarious. The German used in Forevermore is just enough to keep it real. Who knows, you might be able to speak a bit a of German when you’re done with the book!
Hope’s use or, should I say misuse, of clichés is perfectly believable and endearing. The heroine in the book is possibly Hake’s most likable, and I found myself wishing she was my friend. Both Annie and Emmy-Lou have fears that Hope helps conquer.
While the plot was good and kept me interested, I don’t think this is Hake's best work. Nevertheless, I urge you to pick up this book, you won’t regret it!