Thursday, March 30, 2017

Season of Hope by Sara Jane Jacobs {Review}

Season of Hope (The Seasons Book One) by Sara Jane Jacobs
Kindle Edition, 204 pages
Published March 28th 2017 by Clean Reads    

When Amanda Jarvis prays that a special friend will move into the vacant house near her isolated mountain home, she isn't upset when God sends a boy instead of a girl. But Amanda's not the only one receiving unexpected answers to her prayers. After fleeing with his mother from an abusive father, Tyler Armstrong finds much-needed love and acceptance with Amanda’s family over the next ten years.

As high school graduation nears, Tyler is shocked when one carefree afternoon with Amanda churns up an inner turmoil he would have never imagined; he’s crushing on his best friend. And for the first time in his life he’s hiding a secret from Amanda. Convinced the timing is all wrong, Tyler pushes his feelings aside as he and Amanda prepare for the future. He will soon begin training to pursue his dream of becoming a Navy Seal, while Amanda makes plans to spend the summer in Manhattan with her aunt and then return home to the community college.

When Amanda’s summer job catapults her into a modeling career, she readily accepts the much-needed distraction. Tyler’s impending deployment is turning her world upside down. Along with the fact that she’s falling for her best friend. And, for the first time in her relationship with Tyler, she’s hiding a secret, too.

Phoebe Garrison, Amanda’s controlling aunt, is thrilled when she is given the power to act on behalf of her underage niece. Bored with her Fortune 500 advertising agency, becoming Amanda’s manager is just what she's been looking for to rekindle her aspirations. But as Tyler becomes aware of Phoebe’s obsession to push Amanda into supermodel status, tensions rise. As the three of them become entangled in a mass of concealed ambition and desire, each will make decisions that will send ripples of turbulence across their futures.


My Review: 4 Stars

SEASON OF HOPE is a beautiful story of friendship that spans many years. Amanda and Tyler became instant friends when they were young and Tyler moved into a vacant home on Amanda's mountain. Tyler proves himself as loyal and true over the course of the book, as time and time again, he puts his friend first, teaching her new things, coming to her defense, and using good judgment. He's exactly the kind of friend that everyone longs for. Amanda is somewhat na├»ve and has a slight rebellious streak, but she's also very loyal to her long-time friend. This friendship is one of the most  heartwarming relationships ever.

I almost felt like this book was a journal of sorts. Key events are talked about, but then months or even years will go by without any information. A lot of feelings are told and not shown through illustrative words. Don't get me wrong, I still got caught up in the story, but I would've liked to have been shown these feels.

I kept waiting for something to happen. A few surprises did occur, but for the most part, so far, there's not as much conflict or drama as I was expecting to see. I can't wait to read more!

As these two characters grow, big changes occur in their lives and I have to admit, when the book ended, I yelled, "NOOOO!" because I was almost left hanging. I became invested in their lives and there's no resolution for the pathways they are each on. Fortunately, this is Book 1--phew! Now I just have to be patient.

Content: a very mild scene of violence.

*I received a complimentary copy from the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*


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About the Author:

Sara Jane Jacobs
Sara Jane (most commonly referred to as Jane) lives along the Emerald Coast of Florida with her cat, Selah. Jane loves spending time with family and pretty much anything that involves being outside. She lives a short drive from the beach and considers frequent trips to put her feet in the sand a necessary part of routine health maintenance.

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