Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: September 1st 2014
When insecure eighteen-year-old Kailee Hill gets caught tagging Iraq war refugee, Abrahem Yohanna's garage, she's not expecting him to act as her designated driver, hold her hair back when she pukes, or offer to be a shoulder to cry on. But she's failing chemistry and her life is falling apart, so she uses the number Abe leaves her and finds herself with a new tutor.
The two quickly find themselves falling hard for each other. Kailee attacks a local grunt when he calls Abe a "sand nigger" and fights with her veteran brother to be with him. When she learns Abe hasn't told his family about her, she's heartbroken and the couple risks losing everything they've worked to build. To make matters worse, Kailee's previous acts make her the prime suspect in a serious crime. With Kailee behind bars and doubting his feelings for her, Abe must find a way to rescue the girl he loves and win back her affection . And to do that he’ll have to catch a crook…
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I didn’t realize I will fall in love with Kailee Hill – yep the one who spray painted Mirriam’s house and was caught by her brother, Abrahem. The story takes place the same time A Missing Peace did. And if you loved the first book just like I did, you better get ready for this one.
You are in for a fast rollercoaster ride of your life with Abe and Kailee. Before you knew it, you fell in love, got your heart broken, wondering if Abe is doing the right thing, wondering when will Kailee open her eyes, and wondering if they’d have their HEA.
Kailee might have been a b**ch to Mirriam, but after knowing her in depth in this novel, saw her vulnerability, a side which I didn’t expect to see: all the hurts, her pains, her secrets – I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I have grown to like her. It was like this girl was a different persona than the one I have met in A Missing Peace. Nevertheless, you will grow to love her as you get to know her, and felt a little bad for her for what is Abe is about to do.
Abe – he didn’t like the name the first time he heard it from Kailee. He didn’t like that she kissed him just to get Caleb out of her mind. OMG. The kiss. What it means to Abe. Where can I meet this kind of guy? #Swooningmuch. Abe forgave her for the spray paint thing. He wondered why he couldn’t resist helping the girl who tried to destroy their property and accusing his sister of stealing her boyfriend. When she called, he’d come, and before he knew it – he was following her around, spending some time with her, and falling in love with her.
Problem is, they are way different. When you live in a military town all your life, being with a ‘sand nigger’ with your brother being an ex-soldier isn’t a walk in the beach. But it was much more painful when she found out that Abe hasn’t told his family about her. Not to mention Abe was busy marrying off Mirriam just to stop her from getting involve with Caleb. The ‘party’ doesn’t stop there, because apparently, our girl here is a prime suspect in a serious crime. Abe has to do something for the girl who is now behind bars, suffering and doubting his love for her. He must defy the odds, even if it his own mother.
They had their heartbreaking moments in between, Abe needed to do what his family wanted him to do, but in the end, he still went back to her and did everything, not just to win her back but to prove her innocence. I may have some reservations about her importance to this guy, but when he finally put down his foot and told his mother how much she meant to him – he totally got me there. He loved his family, but he too needs to be happy. Kailee may not be one of them, and she’s one of the whites, but they complement each other. And Kailee, you will like how she finally stood up for herself in the end of the novel. That scene was worth waiting for…
Ms. Fred had given me the perfect ending and epilogue for the two books: two unlikely couples who found each other in the most unlikely places and bounded by love. It’s a clean, sweet, fast-paced romantic read.
Finding Hope shows that love defies everything: culture, beliefs, and anything in between.
Beth Fred is a full time ELF keeper and part time author/blogger/writing instructor. She's represented by Kathleen Rushall of Marsal Lyons Literary Agency. Beth likes her tea hot, her romance sweet, and her guys chivalrous. Real men hold open doors, refer to you as ma'am, make promises they keep, and aren't afraid to profess their undying love. It's not breakfast if there aren't carbs (at least, not in the South). Fajitas, carnitas, and churros are just few of her favorite things. Bet you can't guess where she's from ;)
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