Book Review,  Contemporary Fiction

Where Hope Begins by Catherine West



Let me just start by saying…..prepare yourself. If you have not already read Where HopeBegins, you will need some things before you start:

1.Two boxes of Kleenex (not joking)…and if you are menopausal, then three should do it.

2. Lots of chocolate to console yourself and commiserate with the main character. Also lots of chocolate to celebrate the other things I can’t talk about because #spoilers.

3. Plenty of fluids because the crying and shedding happy tears too, while laughing may make you slightly dehydrated.

4. Clear the room or find a safe spot to read the book (because no one wants to watch you ugly cry and get all snotty and red-nosed.)


Ya know you’ve read a good book when you keep forgetting the characters aren’t actually real and your crush on one of the characters, say…..Brock, has you wondering for way too long just what swoony handsome actor would play him in a movie adaptation.

This book is about hope when it seems there is none, life after the unthinkable, joy after the tears. Thank you Catherine West for another winner.


I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley. My opinions are purely my own.




Sometimes we’re allowed to glimpse the beauty within the brokenness . . .

Savannah Barrington has always found solace at her parents’ lake house in the Berkshires, and it’s the place that she runs to when her husband of over twenty years leaves her. Though her world is shaken, and the future uncertain, she finds hope through an old woman’s wisdom, a little girl’s laughter, and a man who’s willing to risk his own heart to prove to Savannah that she is worthy of love.

But soon Savannah is given a challenge she can’t run away from: Forgiving the unforgivable. Amidst the ancient gardens and musty bookstores of the small town she’s sought refuge in, she must reconcile with the grief that haunts her, the God pursuing her, and the wounds of the past that might be healed after all.

Where Hope Begins is the story of grace in the midst of brokenness, pointing us to the miracles that await when we look beyond our own expectations



Catherine West writes stories of hope and healing from her island home in Bermuda. When she’s not at the computer working on her next story, you can find her taking her Border Collie for long walks or reading books by her favorite authors. She and her husband have two grown children and one beautiful granddaughter. Catherine is the winner of the 2015 Grace Award (Bridge of Faith) and the Romance Writers of America’s Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award (The Things We Knew). Her novel, The Memory of You, released March 2017 and Where Hope Begins in May 2018.


Melony Teague is a freelance writer who believes everyone has a story to tell and each story is unique and sometimes wilder than fiction. She loves to uncover the good news in society and writes human interest and community pieces. As co-author of As the Ink Flows, she loves to inspire and motivate others through her written words. In her spare time, she reviews books and interviews authors. These reviews can be found right here on her website. She also teaches seniors in her local community to write their own personal story. Melony Teague was born in South Africa and immigrated to Canada. She now lives in Toronto with her husband and their two children and two cats. Check out her recent publications here

Melony Teague is a Freelance Writer and Columnist who lives in Richmond Hill, Ontario. The Biographer for Portraits of Giving (2014-2016), Aurora Sports Hall of Fame (2015 -2017) and teaches seniors in her community how to write their personal story.


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