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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Review - A Cry for Hope by Beth Rinyu

A Review by Carol

Book – A Cry for Hope
Author – Beth Rinyu
Publication Date – March 12, 2014
Type – Stand Alone/Part of Series
Genre – Romance
Rating – 5 out of 5 Stars

Complimentary Copy provided by Author in exchange for an honest review.


Hope McAdams life as she knew it ended on the same day that her eight year old son’s did.

Eight months later she's trying to regain some semblance of normality, while trying to repair her once perfect marriage to a man who was her best friend, but now a complete stranger. Coming to the painful realization that she must fix the hole that’s deep within her heart, she goes home to the place that she grew up in hopes that time and distance will heal her wounds and lead her back to the man she loves.

Nick Abate is an old friend of Hope’s whose heart is also on the mend. He’s home on leave from the Marines, and when he and Hope reconnect, their friendship picks up right where they left off, years ago. They both begin to heal and feel whole again with the help of each other. But when their friendship crosses the line, will Hope be able to forgive herself and move on, or will the guilt that she is harboring once again cause her to slip back into the place that she has just escaped?

What happens when two tortured souls place their trust in each other? Will they find their way back to the ones they love or will their hearts remain connected forever?

*Book one of a two part series (can be read as a stand alone)


I originally rated this book a 4 Stars….but after a few days of having the story seep into my soul – I started to realize so many life lessons and philosophical questions that had/have me continue to ponder this story over and over again.

Is it easier to forgive ourselves or to forgive others?  Is it easier to blame yourself or someone else?  What happens when everything you loved and made you happy is violently torn from your life?  Is it easier to lose someone quickly or lose them over time?

How do you cope with watching your little son die before your eyes?  How do you cope with a husband who blames you for his death and can’t even look you in the eyes anymore?  How do you survive after finding your husband with another woman?  How do you deal knowing you will never be able to have another child with your husband?  Can you forgive yourself for turning away for a split second?

Will you ever be able to think of your loving deceased son without going into a state of depression?  Will you ever be able to remember the happy times and laugh again?  Or maybe even be able to smile?

And please don’t even get me started on Nick ---- because I will just start all over again with the sobbing.  How many days has it been since I finished this book?  3 DAYS…..3 DAYS and I’m still tearing up when I think of this story.

Adjectives to describe it?  Beautiful, Gut wrenching, Emotional, Hatred, Angry, Sadness, Stupidity, Selfishness, Clueless, Heart breaking, Soul shattering and finally the most important one….FORGIVENESS

Ms Rinyu, I can’t think of any words to express my love of this book – you moved me – you brought me to my knees.  This book will forever be implanted in my heart and head.

Haha…I loved this book and I hated this book – I hated some of the decisions Hope made – I hated her husband (selfish prick) – and I hated the silence from Nick.  I want to tell you all what this book is about but I know I can’t without spoiling it ----- yeah the book is slow in some parts – but please keep reading – give the story a chance – no matter how pissed off at Hope you get for being a “doormat” to her husband – she learns – she grows – and most important she forgives herself.

This is a journey of a woman who has had her life ripped apart and slowly she realizes she must put aside everything else that is dragging her down in order to heal.  She goes home to her mothers and meets up with Nick, her best childhood friend – both of them need to learn how to let go of the past and move on.  They use each other and help each other to learn to live and love again.

I have to stop here…cause I’m starting to tear up…’s not a HEA that you think it is – this will definitely throw you for a loop….you may be pissed or you will be satisfied.

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