The questions that this book poses, through the lens of the characters, translates into deep questions for the reader to evaluate as well.
I found myself very emotionally connected to each and every character. The author does such a good job with describing them, so much so that you truly begin to understand them, down to knowing what they will choose to wear that day. I was rooting for Kathleen and Matt the whole way and I found myself liking Ian and Lisa a whole lot as well and can't wait to learn more about them (hopefully they will make an appearance in Book #3!)
The book got difficult as it touched on darker themes, but I knew as I turned the pages (as fast as I could because I HAD to know what happened next) that there was HOPE on the other side.
I loved it and I cannot wait for June's next book!
Amazon won't let me give this six stars, so five will have to do for today. 🙂
This is one of those books that make me think 'just one more chapter...!' Although I knew from the beginning what kind of horrific trauma Kathleen had faced, I was engrossed in every step of her journey as she finally begins to heal the past and allow herself to live/love again.
Matt was equally compelling and believable and their relationship was both complicated and pre-destined.
The author does an amazing job conveying a rehab experience, from the group dynamics and activities to the sometimes painful process of psychotherapy. This is a great read for anyone who wants to understand the impact of PTSD and enjoys an emotional journey from despair to hope.
What would your journey to live again, to hope again be like if you were the sole witness and sole survivor of the murder of your entire family?
In Journey to Hope, June Converse vividly depicts the reclusive behavior of a disfigured woman tormented by grief and anger. Kathleen wants to live again, to love again, to hope again. To do so, she must seek and accept help.
With brilliant depiction of character, Converse transports the reader into the mind and world of a traumatized woman who questions her self-worth. On her journey to hope, she finds her answers in learning how to face her demons and how to move on. To move one, to hope again Kathleen must learn how to avoid the dead-end paths of prolonged grief and consuming anger.
Journey to Hope is an easy read that intrigues the reader with ‘what-next moments’ and realistic characters.
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