Title: Finding Hope for Tomorrow (Tomorrows #2)
Author: Kathryn McNeill Crane
Release Date: April 26, 2016
Every person’s life tells a story.
Some are uncomplicated, straightforward, and easy. Things fall into place with a simplicity that boggles the mind.
Others twist and turn, and every day is centered on fighting and scraping, yet never finding victory. And then there are those who gain an inch only to be knocked back a foot. They love. They fight. They stumble. They fall. But through it all, they stagger to their feet, step back on life’s path, and push through until they win. For these people, happiness is not an illusion. It’s a truth, a promise, worth any effort, any scars, but just out of arm’s reach. It stands at the end of the path, taunting and teasing, tempting them to take one more blow.
And in the end, the battles make victory sweeter. More valued. More precious than ever imagined. More than any one person could hope.
This is Liam’s story.
Loyal, protective, shoulders stronger than Atlas'.
Broken, worn, battered.
Win or lose, he’s ready to fight for what tomorrow brings.
Life. Love. Healing. Hope.
Finding Hope for Tomorrow is yet another amazing and beautiful story by Kathryn McNeill Crane. The emotions and feelings brought out in this book will captivate and draw you into the story and make you feel right at home with the characters. From beginning to end, this is one book that will not disappoint you in any way. From friendship that blooms into a beautiful romance to some heartache added into the mix, you can feel each character’s emotions. Then you will laugh and cry right along with them.
This book is considered a standalone but we meet Liam in book one Searching for Tomorrow. He is Wrynn’s brother and is so supportive of her and her girls after she lost Tripp. If you loved book one, you will fall in love with this book.
Liam is a small country boy raised in Highlands, a small mountain town in NC. He’s nothing fancy, a no frills kind of guy. But his tenderness is what makes him a man of any woman’s dreams. Liam has such a big heart and has continued to take care of Wrynn and her girls, yet he’s so unhappy. His best friend Zack, who I just loved in this book, and his wife have just had a baby, and Liam realizes he wants his ‘happily ever after.’ Little did he know that meeting Elizabeth would change his life entirely.
Elizabeth works at a local inn, helping her grandparents who own the property. She is one of the cutest female characters I have ever seen. She is so country, quite a talker, and a whole lot clumsy. But that is a few of the things that I really loved about her. Plus, she always seems to speak her thoughts instead of keeping them to herself. So many times, I was dying laughing because she said some things that weren’t meant to be said aloud. But Liam loved her for that and so did I. I felt I was hearing her voice the more I read. It seemed like I was watching all of this play out instead of just reading about it.
As Elizabeth and Liam continue to run into each other in town, it seems they can never meet at the right time. Circumstances and family always seem to get in their way. But boy, when they do get together, their chemistry is one that you won’t soon forget. I loved seeing Liam being quite the gentleman. You definitely don’t have that in many books these days. He actually cares about Elizabeth’s feelings and knows she is someone he wants to get to know. He knows he wants her to be a big part of his life. He has finally found ‘the one.’
The more time they spend together, the more I wanted to see them together. They are beautiful together in every way. Elizabeth is not perfect, though, because when Wrynn and his family continue to call on him, she does lose her patience, but who can stay mad at Liam? I know I couldn’t. He’s such a sweetheart that you will continue to fall in love with.
As time passes and old feelings resurface, you begin to wonder if Liam and Elizabeth will get their perfect ending. No matter what Liam goes through, though, Elizabeth stands by his side, in every way. I must say this made me fall in love with her character even more. She is the rock that Liam needs and continues to stay by his side, no matter what he is going through.
As I said, this book is beautifully written, and Kathryn has done an excellent job in making you fall in love with each character, except for old Ms. Tidwell, who is causing trouble for Liam. Yes, the old bat is a thorn in everyone’s side, and I just wanted to slap some sense into her several times in this book. But I must admit, she makes it quite interesting. I really enjoyed Elizabeth’s grandparents who run the inn because they love her like a daughter. They are good old country folk that remind me so much of my own grandparents. A grandparent’s love is something everyone should have, and she certainly does. And what can I say about Zack, Liam’s best friend? He is as country as they come and quite a joker. But you do see he has a sweet side and you will love him, too.
Finding Hope for Tomorrow is a sweet and tender book with amazing characters. I think if there had been sex scenes, it would have taken away from such a heartwarming story. Their love is unlike any other, and one of those that all women dream about having one day. I know I am swooning over Liam and the touching ways he takes care of Elizabeth. Don’t get me wrong, they get tempted like everyone does at some point. But I love how Liam sets boundaries for them. If you’re looking for a dream man who you will adore and who treats a woman like a thing of beauty, you must read this 5 star book. You will not be disappointed!
Annie’s eyes widened and filled with shame. Her lower lip trembled as she whispered her apology. “Sorry, Uncle Liam. That wasn’t very nice of me.” Her body curled into itself, and she grew smaller right before his eyes. Tears slipped down her cheeks as her tiny voice cracked. “Daddy wouldn’t be very proud of me, would he?”
“Aww, honey.” His heart melted. That her first thought was of what her father’s reaction might be didn’t surprise him. He longed for the day when she would accept that Tripp wasn’t coming back to them.
Though she tried to be strong for her younger sisters, the burden was too heavy for Annie to carry. Like her mother, she still struggled fiercely with her dad’s death. As the oldest of the three girls, her father’s memory whirled through her mind on constant repeat. Even though more than two years had passed, she sometimes waited beside the door, hoping Tripp would walk through and sweep her up in his arms. More than once, Liam had caught her carrying on a conversation with her dad, reminiscing about the time they’d spent together. The past Christmas had hit her hard, and her uncle had spent most of the day with her tiny body snuggled on his lap, attempting to soothe her and encouraging her to enjoy the day.
No child should need coaxing to open her gifts.
He leaned down and tipped her chin up, forcing her to look him in the eyes. “Baby girl, if your daddy were here, there wouldn’t be enough room to hold the pride he’d have for you.” The sight of her glistening eyes and wet face slammed against his heart. Pain shot through him, and a single tear traced a path down his cheek. His voice cracked under the weight of his grief. “He would see you growing up, being such a good big sister, and helping your momma all the time.” He thumbed the tear from his ruddy cheek, lifted her off the floor, and carried her to the couch.
“And he would snatch you right up and tell you just how proud he is of you, how much he loves you.” His arms tightened around her, trying to calm her shuddering sobs. “I know I’m not him, and I never will be, but I love you, and I’m so proud of you. You’re such an amazing little girl.” He chuckled quietly and tickled her side. “Or maybe not such a little girl, as I’ve been recently reminded.”
His joking words produced the result he wanted. Blinking her eyes at a rapid pace, she looked up at him and cracked a small smile.
“Thanks, Uncle Liam.” She settled back against his chest, her words coming out in choppy huffs. “I really am sorry I was mean to you. I just miss him so much.” Her breath hitched, and her petite body melted against him.
“Oh, sweetheart, I know you didn’t mean it.” He brushed a kiss on the top of her head. “And just remember, there’s nothing wrong with being sad or missing your daddy. We all miss him, every single day.”
He may not be their dad, but he loved those girls more than life, and his primary goal was to ensure their happiness and wellbeing.
Liam squeezed her close as his eyes drifted to the kitchen doorway. Wrynn leaned against the doorframe and mouthed thank you. Her mahogany hair was tangled and unkempt. Stains dotted her sweatshirt. Liam wouldn’t be surprised if those were the same clothes she’d slept in the night before. What he wouldn’t give to see her happy and carefree again. Because grief had a way of aging a person, she looked much older than their twenty-eight years. Her pale face flushed as she wept.
Glad I have Wrynn’s girls to fill the empty. Don’t know what I’d do without them.
His thought made him grimace. He tried not to dwell on his lack of family, but at times, when he was with Wrynn and his nieces, it became harder to fight back the desire to have his own. He often wondered if he was meant to live his life alone because he’d yet to meet the right woman he wanted to share in his life, his love, his family.
“Okay, guys and dolls, let’s eat.” His sister’s hoarse voice broke through his musings.
He wrapped Annie in one arm, grabbed six-year-old Bekah in the other, and turned sideways on the couch to help Maggie climb on his back. Satisfied all three were safe and secure, he stood to his feet and lurched toward the kitchen with giant, fumbling steps. Giggles rang out around him. He placed Annie and Bekah in their chairs, then leaned forward and flipped Maggie over his shoulder. Lifting her above his head, he nibbled on her toes. As her laughter increased, he blew raspberries on her belly before sitting her down and strapping her in her booster seat.
More In The Series
Searching for Tomorrow (#1) – Released Oct 13, 2013
Some people are blessed to find that one certain person who completes them. Wrynn’s yesterdays were what others only dream of having. She and Tripp were the best of friends before they even thought about love. They had the fairy tale life where ‘like’ turns into ‘love’, and ‘love’ becomes ‘happily ever after’... What happens when life conspires against you, and snatches your soul mate from your arms? … Only her forever love ended much too soon. Broken beyond her own ability to repair, Wrynn boxes up her grief and attempts to raise her three girls the best she can on her own. As time slowly passes, Wrynn relives her life with Tripp while struggling most days to get out of bed. She is reminded of him at every turn. How do you set your grief and anguish aside? How do you pick up the shattered pieces, put those pieces back together again, and try to move on? Wrynn tries to find the joy in life every single day through her daughters, family, and friends. Her twin brother Liam has dedicated himself to helping Wrynn put her life back together after losing his own love. On the other hand, her mother-in-law lives to torment her at every turn. Wrynn can't even find a chance to breathe, much less a desire to somehow search for her tomorrow.
About The Author
Kathryn is a simple country girl who likes to spend time with her family. Born and raised in Eastern North Carolina, she loves to travel, but can't imagine ever leaving the mountains she's come to call home. She holds Jeremiah 29:11 very close to her heart and believes it with every fiber of her being. "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."