Monday, October 28, 2013

Elusive Hope

Me at page 1: Holy crud, I already love this.

Me at page 64: Whaaaaaat? Ok. This is BEYOND amazing and I haven't even gotten a hundred pages in.

Me at page 190: I'm creeped out (in a good way, of course--fun mystery)! What's going on in this crazy jungle?! Can't go to sleep yet...must keep reading!

Me at page 245: AHHHHH! This could not be more gripping. Seriously!

Me at the end: I'm ready to start reading it all over again. It is now in my TOP FIVE!

MaryLu, this is your best yet and even though I LOVED everything about it, I must say: You had me at Hayden.

Book Rating: Best of the Best

As you know, I've read a lot of books--not as many as you have perhaps, but I've done my fair share. I've rated a lot of books in my highest category and I've gushed about lots of novels. But PLEASE, please understand that I cannot find words enough to express how INTENSELY I love this story. It had all the right elements, and I seriously could not put it down. For me, this is MaryLu's best and without a doubt it is in my TOP FIVE!!

Magnolia is not your typical heroine--and I loved that! I found her to be deep and complex, even though on the surface she seemed shallow and self centered. She grew so much and I loved watching her learn about herself and also how she understood more about Christ and how He sees each of us. You don't get this kind of leading lady very often and I just adored her.

Hayden (swoon!) is just about perfect. Rugged, dashingly handsome, street smart, cunning and witty. He is on a mission to find his father and nothing is going to stop him. I loved getting in Hayden's head and watching as he struggled to understand what he was dealing with--internally and externally. But even more than that, I LOVED how he was always jumping to her rescue!! *sigh* He changes much like Magnolia (though in different ways) and I found that as they fought, and struggled and as their passion grew--I just loved them more and more.

Never a dull moment--so much excitment! And OH, the romance! Plenty of great kisses in this one!!

Sometimes you can really enjoy a book--love it even, but there might be a part or two that didn't really grip ya. Not so here, ladies. I savored every word.

PLEASE get yourself a copy of this and make it pronto, capiche? You'll have to let me know what you think of it when you are done. I KNOW you will love it.

Happy Reading!
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  1. Great review! I just finished Elusive Hope last night and enjoyed it, too :-) Definitely several creepy scenes!

    1. Katie! So glad you enjoyed it, too!! Thank you so much for letting me know what you thought!! :) Hugs!

  2. I love how MaryLu does the spiritual warfare - creepy part - over a normal evil henchman. Her first in this series - Forsaken Dreams - had great creepy in it too! I LOVE her books. :)
    Great review - and I totally agree - everyone must read this!!!

    1. Hey Susan! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment! I agree that the conflict in this one was a fun twist!

  3. Amber, you are so funny! I thought the first book in this series was excellent, the best MaryLu has done so far - and Elusive Hope is patiently waiting for me. Your reviews are from the heart, and I love that.

    1. Hey Carole! :) I can't wait to hear what you think about this one--you are going to love it!! Thank you for your kind words, I'm happy you enjoy my reviews--I love yours as well! God bless!!

  4. I have read the first book in this series and had forgot to look for the next, I read MaryLu and pleased with her work. thanks for your comments on the story..Got to get this one
    Paula O(

  5. I just LOVE MaryLu's books--I think they are all awesome & captivating!! But this one is really special because the characters are so extremely different (and likeable, even though they can be irritating), plus we get suspense at the end!! It's such a great book...and the first one was, too. I am buying both books for several friends (ha ha - I'm going to hook them on MaryLu's books right away!)