Book Review: Hope Beyond Savannah by Melissa Wardwell

Hello, Reader Friends!

Thanks for stopping by Diversity Between the Pages. I have a new review for you today. I’ll be sharing my thoughts on Melissa Wardwell’s Hope Beyond Savannah, the novelette in A Spring of Weddings collection.

Let’s get started!

*Tune in June 12th for an interview with Melissa Wardwell.

About the Book

Hope Beyond Savannah Blurb: Lily Allman and Nikotemo (Nik) Lagatuo were the poster children for the term “opposites attract.” He was an evangelist and CEO for a non-profit from Samoa who grew up in a large loving family. She was a blond bombshell with a funky style and no family to call her own. Two of the most unlikely people meet in the most unlikely of places, but God had a plan when He brought them together. They never let their differences deter them from the love they had for each other, but when Nik’s mother comes to the States for the wedding, the idea of wedded bliss is shaken. Can prejudices be over looked, insecurities overcome, and hope for a better future be restored so that these two can have all that was promised?

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I very much enjoyed this story. My favorite part was seeing Nik’s culture throughout the book. I honestly can’t recall a single book that featured a Samoan or explored the Maori culture in New Zealand. This alone put me in happy land of diverse fiction.

Besides that, the story line is fantastic. Every bride fears that they’ll not get along with their mother-in-law. And Ms. Wardwell hit on that in a big way. Lily is not all what Nik’s mother imagined for her son. But because Lily and Nik love God, they handled the situation with grace. Truly, the tone of this book is one of grace, love, and kindness.

About the Author

Melissa resides in a small mid-Michigan farm community with her husband, three children, two cats, and three dogs. Besides writing, she enjoys reading, taking photos, and motorcycle rides with her husband.  Her hope is that each story touches your heart, gives you hope, or just gives you a moment away from the chaos of life.

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Review by Toni Shiloh


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