Tuesday, March 20, 2012

My review: Hope's Journey by Stephanie Worlton

Description: Sydney is a straight-A student heading to college on a scholarship, and Alex is a quiet jock preparing to serve an LDS mission. But their dreams are shattered on the eve of their high school graduation when they find out that Sydney is pregnant. Separated, they must both trust in God as they search for the worth they once found in each other.

My review: This book sucked me right in. And to learn the author put so much of her personal experiences into the story made it that much better. When I was a young woman, two of the girls in our ward ended up on the "sad end of a pregnancy test." Neither were my friends--one had been, but we weren't close any longer--and I have to admit I felt comfortably "righter" than they were. But I also felt sorrow for them, for the difficult path their lives had taken. I've never felt truly comfortable in a place of judgement. I'm too aware that I could just as easily be in their shoes. There was a boy, in fact, that I thought I could cross the line with, despite the costs. And I'm endlessly thankful he had more sense than I.

Hope's Journey is a story about two people finding their way. It's about a struggle to feel worthy, to feel good enough, and the lengths we may be tempted to go to for that feeling. Everyone makes mistakes. Everyone falters. What matters is what they do next.

Worlton has crafted a wonderful story in a masterful way. It's not preachy. It's not obvious. It's subtle and caring. If you haven't read Hope's Journey, I invite you to purchase your copy today.
And head over to Stephanie's BLOG and become a follower. Find out about the giveaways she has in conjunction with the blog tour for Hope's Journey. You won't be disappointed.


Unknown said...

I liked that you put a personal touch on this review, hearing your personal attitudes at that age. Nice post.

Stephanie said...

Thank you Cheri. If Hope's Journey can help change the direction of one life, then it has fulfilled the purpose for which it was inspired. Thank you for helping to spread the word!