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About Never Past Hope
While writing the story wasn’t as hard as delivering a baby, it was a labor of love. Sorry for the cliche’, but I love writing meaningful books for you. They take a while, though, and sometimes the publishing process is enough to make a person’s hair fall out—if she doesn’t pull it out first.
If I had to give a theme for Never Past Hope I’d say “if only with a twist of sunshine.”
Because IF ONLY, that gloomy phrase rattling around in the back of your mind, doesn’t always have to end so badly, especially not in God’s economy.
While life seems hopeless (about as hopeless as raising the Titanic sometimes), in this book you see a realistic yet happy ending for anyone and everyone who truly wants to change, no matter how bad off they are. (They still have to deal with consequences, though.)
Speaking of hopeless reality, my editors and I were almost literally pulling our hair out, trying to come up with the best back cover copy (BCC) for my book, and we still couldn’t get this one past my publisher.
In Never Past Hope, Mary Hope Adsley, a young lady of means and position, refuses to give up on the most wretched man her family thinks they have ever known. But she has her suspicions. On the one hand, she despairs over her biggest mistake.
(If only she had spoken up and been honest about her feelings for him instead of hiding them. Her silly vow never to marry was but half the truth. Now, it‘s likely to be the whole reason for his execution.)
On the other hand, who exactly is Sir Steven Likebridge? And what does he want?
Mary Hope thought she knew, but when he chooses to marry her best friend, Annette, and he is arrested for the crimes of abduction and masquerading as a gentleman, she is frantic with fear, doubt, and regret.
Maybe he truly is the monster they make him out to be.
But what if he isn’t?
Convincing her older brother, Mr. Peter Adsley, the new Master of Caverswall, to allow her to visit Stanley Tower Prison in Liverpool, Mary Hope strains to reach the only man she cannot live without.
She must know the truth, or die trying.
But when she gets to the vile, disease-ridden prison, she finds something she could hardly dream of hoping for. There is a price, though. And Steven is the only one who can pay it.
Will he prove to be her friend or her foe? The answer is rooted in the reality that no one is ever past hope.