Where There’s Hope by Marianne Rice

Where There’s Hope, a Well Paired Novel by Marianne Rice
Release date: May 29, 2018
Genre: Contemporary romance/romantic women’s fiction

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Hope Windward’s life in Crystal Cove, Maine is comfortable, if not predictable. The small town has always been her safe haven, until Cameron Smithfield—the man who killed her daughter’s father—shows up. Now the stranger she’s hated from afar is working to become the town’s favorite citizen.

Cameron Smithfield’s life went horribly wrong the night he killed his brother in a car accident. After a decade in prison, he’s ready to make amends and do everything he can for his niece. There’s only one problem with his plan, he can’t seem to get past her mother’s protective instincts. While he’s not surprised by Hope’s guard dog instincts, he is surprised at the connection he feels with his brother’s old flame.

Hope doesn’t want to feel anything for Cameron, but his heart-melting smile and genuine affection for her daughter have a way of breaking through her carefully guarded emotions. That is, until her worst fear comes true, and all fingers point to Cameron. Now, Hope has to decide if she’s going to believe the evidence, or trust the newfound love within her heart.


The front door opened before his foot touched the front step. Hope’s welcoming smile lit up the front stoop, and he did all he could to keep from picking her up in his arms and covering her mouth with his.

Those lips, though. Julia Roberts had nothing on Hope Windward.

“Hey,” she said coyly, her voice wrapped around his heart, giving it a gentle squeeze he hadn’t felt since he was a young boy.

“You’re beautiful.”

Hope looked down at her feet then back up at him, scrunching her nose in that adorable manner she did when she was confused. “I’m wearing jeans and a sweater.”

“I didn’t notice.” And he hadn’t. It was her rich hazel eyes and her sunshiny sparkle that brightened his dark world. She wore her hair down tonight, soft ribbons of dark blonde hair flowing just past her shoulders. Hair he longed to run his fingers through.
Cameron walked up the steps, stopping in the open doorway.

“Well, I’m noticing you. And you look very handsome. I don’t know what I like better, though. Sexy whiskers or the soft skin.”

Cameron rubbed his cheeks with his fingers. He’d shaven tonight for her family, thinking the clean look was more presentable to her parents and her daughter than the usual scruff on his face.

“You name it, beautiful, and I’ll do it.”

Hope raised an eyebrow and her gaze dropped to his lips. “You should probably come in and meet my parents first, don’t you think?”

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“You’re Gonna Hear Me Roar”

I was driving home the other night and Katy Perry’s song, “Roar” came on. I, of course, had to turn it up and sing right along with it. This song has always been special to me because it inspired a scene for Running on Empty. In Running on Empty, Grace who sings in a band in the beginning, loses her voice because of something traumatic that has happened to her. Every time she gets up to perform, she has a panic attack. As the story progresses, her friend Noah, starts talking with her and their visits help her to find her inner strength again. When Grace’s voice comes back, it comes back with a vengeance. She “Roars”. It’s one of my favorite scenes so far in the Boonie books. Here’s the scene.

From Running on Empty

“That’s right. You never! But maybe you should. Life is about living, and enjoying it.” As soon as the words came out, Grace knew she was done with this job. At this point, if she was going down, she was going down in the proverbial flames. She was done with hiding. She was going to live again.

“Guess what?” she asked loud enough for the kids milling around to hear. “Looks like your Ms. Delchamp will be performing on this float. Let’s load up, kids. It’s time.”

She hiked her skirt up a wee bit more and went to the DJ stand manned by Mr. Benoit.

“I’ll take that mic,” she said. While he readied the music and the float began to roll, Grace took the red lipstick she often wore on stage out of her bag and applied it. She added a dash of lip gloss and teased her hair a bit more for good measure.

When the first song began to play, Grace felt a flash of fear. She nodded her head in time with the introduction. Then, when it was time for the vocals, without hesitation, Grace began to sing.


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