A Splash of Hope by Charity Parkerson (Released October 2012)
Two years earlier, Faith Hope left her hometown vowing never to return, but when her sister leaves the town’s hottest bachelor standing at the altar and disappears, Faith is forced to face her past in order to find her.
With a little bit of luck, some devious planning, and a splash of hope, Faith may get her happily-ever-after whether she wants it or not.
If you’re looking for a quick read with some good sexually explicit content and minimal dialogue – A Splash of Hope would be right up your alley. However, if you’re looking for a book with a story that makes sense – this is not the book for you.
As mentioned in the synopsis, the entire plot focuses on Faith trying to figure out why her sister left Adam (who also happens to be Faith’s former lover) at the altar. The reasoning (not only of why she left but why they were even having a wedding in the first place) turns out to be completely nonsensical.
As mentioned, the author has the sex scenes written pretty well – and you can guess the outcome of the story five minutes into the book, so I have to assume the characters’ storylines weren’t intended to be important. However, since I like books with logic behind the characters’ actions, I wasn’t a fan of A Splash of Hope. To me, it reads sort of like the author wrote out various sex scenes and then tried to create a story to tie them all into one book.
Basically, A Splash of Hope would have rated higher had the storyline (and reasoning behind the characters’ decisions) made more sense. The epilogue was my favorite part of the book (and I’m not saying that in a snarky “because I was so glad it was over” kind of way) because it sort of showed the potential for the characters as a whole – had the author taken time to flesh out the story. (It also gives readers an idea of how good a writer Charity Parkerson could be if she focused more on plot – though I haven’t read her other books, so I’m not sure if this was just a bad example.)
It should also be added that A Splash of Hope is really more of a novella than a book – it is about 80 “real book” pages long – and you can read through it fairly quickly.