Saturday, May 12, 2018

My Unexpected Hope


He'll gamble everything on one last chance.

After a year of grieving her divorce and living a life permanently stuck on pause, Laila Richardson is finally ready to have her own happy ending. Then a listing for a quaint cottage in another town answers her prayers for a fresh beginning -- one that will bring her closer to her new boyfriend, Ben. Unfortunately, in her small town of Fairfield, Georgia, letting go of the past is virtually impossible. No one wants to see her move on, including the man who destroyed her heart to begin with.

Chad Richardson has spent years in misery but finally has his life on somewhat stable ground. When he learns his ex-wife is dating, he knows it's time to go back and fight for the life he abandoned. Bolstered by his new-found sobriety, Chad has every intention of winning back the woman he loves, even if that means facing old demons that are waiting for him fail.

Passions run deep as two souls searching for a second chance find the courage to let go of old patterns. Can they recognize that their dreams are still possible, even when forged from a broken past?

My Review:

published in June 2017 by Waterfall Press

A powerful and gritty second chance love story. Phew! This book deals with some heavy topics and Gray did an amazing job of sucking this reader into the emotional dysfunction of two lost souls who didn't stand a chance, given their childhood backgrounds. But they are adults now and ready to take back their lives. It's not easy, not always comfortable to read but having the courage to face the past so they can face the future - together -- makes for an inspiring read.

*Please note: some mild language

**An Unexpected Hope follows My Hope Next Door though I couldn't find any indication that this is a series. More like a sequel. There were some elements at the beginning of this book that led me to believe I was missing part of the story up to that point so I did some digging and discovered I was right. Katie's story comes first and while I never felt lost reading this one, I did feel like I was missing some important details in the connections and relationships Laila and Chad had with key friends as well as the town dynamics.


If you would like a chance to win a copy of My Unexpected Hope, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you add your email to a comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy to spot youre entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday May 13 2018. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!


  1. Tammy is a new author to me and I would enjoy reading her book. Thank you for a great review, Kav! mauback55 at gmail dot com

  2. Thanks for the giveaway!


  3. Cool another new author for me. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

    1. She was new to me as well. Good luck, Kim.

  4. New author to me. Thank you for the chance. Happy Mother’s Day to all the mom’s.

  5. Thank you for the review on "MY UNEXPECTED HOPE" and bringing this book to my attention. I'd love to explore the relationship of Laila and Chad through the pages of Tammy L. Gray's book. Thanks for the chance to win a copy!
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  6. This sounds like a good story. Thanks for the chance.