Saturday, February 29, 2020

The Brightest of Hope by Susan Anne Mason



Quinten Aspinall is determined to fulfill a promise he made to his deceased father to keep his family together. To do so, he must travel to Canada to find his younger siblings, who were sent there as indentured workers while Quinn was away at war. He is also solicited by his employer to look for the man's niece who ran off with a Canadian soldier. If Quinn can bring Julia back, he will receive his own tenant farm, enabling him to provide a home for his ailing mother and siblings.

Julia Holloway's decision to come to Toronto has been met with disaster. When her uncle's employee rescues her from a bad situation, she fears she can never repay Quinn's kindness. So when he asks her to help find his sister, she agrees. Soon after, however, Julia receives some devastating news that changes everything.

Torn between reuniting his family and protecting Julia, will Quinn have to sacrifice his chance at happiness to finally keep his promise? 


I just finished reading this awesome 
book and I must say that I enjoyed taking Quinn's  journey right along with him. I loved meeting his family too.
Many times I wanted to smack him upside the head because of his selfishness and pride.  
Right along with Julia too. 
There in lies the key to this whole story line. Pride and selfishness
His journey took him through many twists and turns. Along with the heartbreak and disappointment  
Life is full of disappointments.  Especially if you shut God out of it. 
A lesson that Quinn and Julia learned the hard way.  
I feel like them because I am them.  Most of the time I find myself learning the hard way that it never pays to do it yourself.  That's when I turn to the Lord like they did. 
God is the key to making your life a good one.  Put Him at the forefront and you'll have many blessings and happiness  but only if we ask for it and in His own time. 
Patience is a virtue.  Something I was never good with at all! Trust me,  it is never good to try it by yourself.  
I enjoyed that the characters prayed to God whenever they needed help.  
Prayer is our lifeline to God.
Sometimes it's hard to do because we feel that we are too proud in asking God to intervene or to asking other people to help us. I often have that problem.  I feel too embarrassed to ask at times. 
Mason has done a great job with this story and again with tough subjects. Parts of this story will break  your heart and other parts just simply make you want to get mad at the unfair things that are happening to the people of this story. 
I love this book because it was based on the events in real life.  
Another reason is that I learned a little more about the children that were placed in Canada.
I strongly recommend this book. I feel that this book will be going on my list of favorites.  
My thanks to Netgalley and Bethenny House for this book. I was NOT required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.


Susan Anne MasonSusan Anne Mason's historical novel Irish Meadows won the Fiction from the Heartland contest from the Mid-American Romance Authors chapter of RWA as well as the Christian Retailing's Best Award for Debut Novel. A member of ACFW, Susan lives outside of Toronto, Ontario, with her husband and two children. She can be found online at

Susan lives in a suburb near Toronto, Ontario, Canada, where she works part-time as a church secretary. She is a wife and the mother of two amazing kids, and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW) and Romance Writers of America (RWA). In addition to writing, she likes to scrapbook and to research her family history on-line. You can connect with her on Facebook or on her website

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this lovely review, Lori. I’m so happy you enjoyed it!


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