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Good Hope Road

A Tending Roses Novel
Written by: Lisa Wingate
Narrated by: Amanda Troop, Diane Michele
Length: 11 hrs and 35 mins
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Publisher's Summary

In a time of crisis, two women come together and set off down a road of hope in the second novel in the Tending Roses series, from the New York Times best-selling author of Before We Were Yours.

Twenty-one-year-old Jenilee Lane's dreams are as narrow as the sky is wide. She doesn't imagine any good could come out of the tornado that has ripped across the Missouri farmland where she's made her home. But some inner spark compels her to take action. To rescue her elderly neighbor, Eudora Gibson, from the cellar in which she's been trapped. To make her way to the nearby town of Poetry, where the townspeople have begun to gather in the only building left standing. To collect from the devastated landscape fragments of life that lie strewn about in the tornado's wake: letters, photographs, and mementos that might mean something to people who have lost everything.

Eudora Gibson didn't think Jenilee had it in her. But the girl she's hardly noticed for years is now surprising her - stepping forward with a bravery that inspires Eudora to face her own bitter past. Brought close by tragedy, the two will learn lessons about the resilience of the human spirit and the ties that make a community strong. Together, they will travel to a place that once lay beyond their dreams.

©2003 Lisa Wingate (P)2018 Penguin Audio

What the critics say

“A novel bursting with joy amidst crisis: small town life is painted with scope and detail in the capable hands of a writer who understands longing, grief and the landscape of a woman’s heart.” (Adriana Trigiani, author of the Big Stone Gap trilogy)   

“Wingate has written a genuinely heartwarming story about how a sense of possibility can be awakened in the aftermath of a tragedy to bring a community together and demonstrate the true American spirit.” (Booklist

“Wingate’s novels, like those of Nicholas Sparks and Richard Paul Evans and others, takes a middle ground between Christian and mainstream fiction - uplifting, clean and inspiration but not overtly religious.” (Bryan-College Station Eagle

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  • Connie Anderson
  • 2019-07-18

A great story of perseverance, forgiveness, and hope.

This is a great story and I loved the characters. This book will not disappoint. Another good book by Lisa Wingsate.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-06-29

I hated the ending ......

I could accept this story was one of those when everything ends up happily for everyone. Except for the father whose daughter decided to go against his wishes . She was not thinking of him at all but of herself and her brother. No one has the right to decide for anyone who is ill if they have the right to live and die. Only the person who is in that situation. I am 80. I am in my sound mind and not sound body. No one should ever decide for me if I should have treatment when I do not want it. I don't except you to accept this as an review but would be grateful if you would pass this on to the author. In the end nothing is told of how the father ended his life but it did not sound as if he would have been grateful to his daughter. These is a time to live and a time to die. People who are ill or old have the right to decide when they want to do so. I have told this to my family and they accept it.

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  • Sandi Hennig
  • 2019-05-12

Tending Roses series

What a great read. Loved the way the first book characters came into the second book. Can’t wait for the next one by Lisa Wingate.

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  • JoDee
  • 2019-01-21

Once you know the characters you have to know the end.

This is my second novel I have read in this series. While you are getting to know the characters it feels slow and plodding. But once you are a part of their lives you can’t wait to hear each story and that part does not disappoint. It is a feel good story of life’s lessons learned.

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  • Sheri Bell-o'gara
  • 2019-01-08

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good book. nice story . I like the authors and would read any of her books
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  • Teresa
  • 2019-01-05

Quality narration for a story with a heart of gold!

I loved this story. The writing is so great (typical of Lisa Wingate), and the narrators make you forget they’re reading a book. You feel like you’re part of the scene—the tornado aftermath, the small town prejudices and the reluctance to accept change of any kind. This story is authentic, redemptive but never sappy. I didn’t want it to end! One of my all-time favorites.

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  • 20eagle16
  • 2019-01-24

ANOTHER GREAT BOOK BY A GREAT STORYTELLER

It seems that Lisa Wingate does not have the ability to write a second-rate book. I have yet to be disappointed by this author, and Good Hope Road is no exception.

The story contained within this book is highly emotional. I don't weep easily, but I was constantly brushing back tears, because I knew that somewhere in this country these types of things can and do happen. Lisa Wingate clearly has a good understanding of the human condition.

I will not go into details to give away the novel, but it is a great novel (would love to see it made into a movie or mini series) and the twist in the novel...you will not see it coming; caught me totally by surprise.

As for the narrators, Amanda Troop and Diane Michele, they are A-listers in my opinion. I feel they did a brilliant job of portraying the characters and conveying the emotion of the novel.

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