The Best Is Yet to Come
by Debbie Macomber
Publication Date July 12, 2022
Published by Random House Publishing Group
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Genres: Fiction / Romance / Clean & Wholesome, Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Women
Reading Challenges: 20 Books of Summer 2022
***I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.***
When a woman alone in the world bravely chooses to open her heart, two lost souls have a new chance at belonging, in this intimate novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber.
A new beginning in charming Oceanside, Washington, is exactly what Hope Godwin needs after the death of her twin brother. There are plenty of distractions, like her cozy cottage with the slightly nosy landlords next door, and a brewing drama among her students at the local high school.
Even having settled quickly into the community, Hope still feels something is still missing. That is, until her landlords convince her to volunteer at their animal shelter. There she meets Shadow, a rescue dog that everyone has given up on. But true to her name, Hope believes he’s worth saving.
Like Shadow, shelter volunteer Cade Lincoln Jr. is suffering with injuries most can’t see. A wounded ex-marine, Cade identifies with Shadow, assuming they are both beyond help. Hope senses that what they each need is someone to believe in them, and she has a lot of love to give. As she gains Shadow’s trust, Hope notices Cade begins to open up as well. Finding the courage to be vulnerable again, Cade and Hope take steps toward a relationship, and Hope finally begins to feel at peace in her new home.
But Hope’s happiness is put to the test when Cade’s past conflicts resurface, and Hope becomes embroiled in the escalating situation at the high school. Love and compassion are supposed to heal all wounds, but are they enough to help Hope and Cade overcome the pain of their past and the obstacles in the way of a better future?
The Best is Yet to Come by Debbie Macomber is a sweet story of redemption and growth, that I just loved. Debbie Macomber is one of my favorite authors, and this latest book of hers did not disappoint.
Hope Goodwin needs a new start after losing her twin brother. She moved to Oceanside, Washington in hopes of making a new start. She gets a job at the local high school as a teacher. Her landlord convinces her to volunteer at a local animal shelter in order to meet people and keep busy. At the shelter, Hope meets shadow, a dog that appears to be irredeemable, but for some reason, Hope is the only one who Shadow accepts, as she takes her time with the emotionally wounded dog, they become fast friends.
Hope also meets Cade, another volunteer at the shelter, who has a stormy past and is as emotionally wounded as Shadow. He just wants to be left alone and try to atone for his past. He can’t help but notice Hope and how her kindness is helping Shadow. But, women like Hope don’t go for guys like Cade. Or do they?
I really enjoyed this hopeful book about redemption and hope. The side story of the high school kids was a nice addition to Hope and Cade’s story. I loved the dog in the story and how even the dog was working to overcome a difficult past. The book deals with grief, PTSD, mistakes, and so much more. It’s a beautiful romance full of emotion and a lovely sweet romance.
The pacing was just right, as I would expect from such a seasoned author. The romance was a slow burn, but satisfying and sweet. The author does a wonderful job of dealing with such tough topics with empathy and understanding.
I highly recommend The Best is Yet to Come to anyone who enjoys romance and women’s fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
I like that the UK cover has a dog on it. Shadow plays an important part in the story, so I thought it was nice to see him on the cover of the UK version.
The Best is Yet to Come, counts towards my 20 Books of Summer 2022 Challenge.
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