Friday, October 11, 2013

Blog Tour and Giveaway:Chasing Hope by Kathryn Cushman

Today is the last  stop on the Chasing Hope Blog Tour. Please enjoy by review and be sure to enter the giveaway for a prize of a $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash

Chasing HopeChasing Hope by Kathryn Cushman A Personal Drama of Shattered Dreams and Second Chances A talented runner fully committed to Olympic dreams, Sabrina Rice's future was shattered by a devastating diagnosis. One forfeited scholarship and several years later, she has new goals and dreams that have nothing to do with running--something that's become far too painful to think on. Until the day she sees Brandy Philip running across the community college campus, easily outpacing security. Sabrina immediately recognizes world-class speed, and it's all the more painful that it belongs to a teenage graffiti artist. When a chance encounter brings the two young women together, Sabrina becomes Brandy's best hope for staying out of juvenile hall. Soon, Sabrina begins to feel an uncomfortable nudge that her new life is just about to be toppled...that God may be calling her to minister to this talented but troubled girl.  

kathryn  Author Kathryn Cushman uthor Kathryn "Katie" Cushman is a graduate of Samford University with a degree in pharmacy. She is the author of five novels, including Leaving Yesterday and A Promise to Remember, which were both finalists for the Carol Award in Women's Fiction. She is also the co-author of Angel Song with Sheila Walsh. Kathryn and her family currently live in Santa Barbara, California.  

My Thoughts:

Chasing Hope was my first Kathryn Cushman novel. I am now a dedicated Kathryn Cushman fan. This book was outstanding! Her characters were true to life, believable people. I think most people could relate to Sabrina on some level. Most of us have had a situation where something that was really important to us didn’t turn out the way we expected. She shows us that it is how we respond to it is what is important.

I think the best thing about the book is that it reminds us that we all have a purpose in life. We go through good times and bad times and all these things together provide us with unique skills and abilities to make the world a better place. When God closes a door (Sabrina’s dream of the Olympics dies), He opens another (coaching and ministering Brandy).

I liked the way that Cushman developed multiple facets of Sabrina’s and Brandy’s characters using the interactions that they had with family members and friends. I think that is part of what made them feel so real. I hurt for Brandy when she took Sabrina with her when she made a visit to her mother’s home. I could relate with Sabrina when she felt that one of her parents was always disappointed in her. I sympathized with her mother as she helped her daughter through Sabrina’s hospitalization.
I cheered for Koen and his quiet supportiveness of Sabrina. Some may call him unbelievable, no one could be that supportive. I call him rare, but believable, because I have a “Koen” in my life.

This book is clean, young adult fiction at its best. While classified as inspirational (Christian) it is not preachy and I think that there will be many who will change their mind and read more inspirational fiction once they read this book. Faith is woven throughout the story in a subtle way simply as part of Sabrina’s life.

I think this is an exceptional book, and definitely worthy of 5 stars.

 Disclaimer: I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for my fair and honest review. I was not required to write a positive opinion. All thoughts are my own.

Tour Giveaway $25 Amazon Gift Card or Paypal Cash Ends 10/17/13 Open only to those who can legally enter, receive and use an Gift Code or Paypal Cash. Winning Entry will be verified prior to prize being awarded. No purchase necessary. You must be 18 or older to enter or have your parent enter for you. The winner will be chosen by rafflecopter and announced here as well as emailed and will have 48 hours to respond or a new winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way associated with Facebook, Twitter, Rafflecopter or any other entity unless otherwise specified. The number of eligible entries received determines the odds of winning. Giveaway was organized by Kathy from I Am A Reader, Not A Writer and sponsored by the publisher. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.
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