Wildflower Hope

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 8 Oct 2019

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The second book in the Wildflower House series is just as good as the first one Wildflower Heart.  
After the death of her father Kara is trying to figure out if she should sell Wildflower House or make it an artist retreat. Her friend Jessica shows up and tries to get Kara to forgive her and let her back into her life. 
Kara gets close to Will who’s landscaping the grounds but she misses Seth and is waiting for him to come home to see if they have a relationship starting.

There are a few surprises as usual with Grace Greene’s books. I can’t wait for her Christmas book Wildflower Christmas
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A beautiful written story on grief, forgiveness and rebuilding your life. Kara has gone through many losses in her life and now is in the process of rebuilding her life along with the renovations of a house that her dad bought, she will rebuild it to her likes and dreams. Along her journey she will meet wonderful people that will help her through her grief process.  

Grace Greene writes in such vivid detail that you can close your eyes and feel like you are right there in the wildflowers and the restoration of the house. Loved how Kara grew with her life and forgiving people from her past. 

Loved this book, this is the second book in the series, it can be read as a stand alone but so much better if you read the first book in the series. Can't wait to read the next book in the series.  I read through my kindle unlimited.
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Wildflower Hope is the second novel in the Wildflower House series by Grace Greene. Kara Hart came to Wildflower House after sustaining serious injury and losing her husband and unborn child in an accident. Now she is trying to hold it together after unexpectedly losing her father. She continues the renovations her father started, but now they are her ideas, and it’s her vision for the house that is coming to life.
Kara has faced loss and betrayal, her confidence is shaken, and she has to find her way forward. Looking toward her future, she taps into a strength she didn’t know she had, while learning to forgive herself and others, while opening herself up to new friends and possibilities. There is so much emotion here, and Kara has been dealing with a lot by burying it and forging on.
This is the second in the series, and the first I have read. There is enough background that it can stand alone, but I found myself wishing I had read the first, just for the richer background on the story and all the characters. This is a well-written novel with interesting characters; I found myself empathizing with Kara and really tuning into her emotions and challenges.  The descriptions of the setting were vivid, and I found myself wishing I could be a part of the area. While the ending was satisfying, I do see enough left unresolved to warrant a third book in the series which will be added to my TBR list, so I can see how Kara continues to grow and the end Wildflower House’s renovations.
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Wildflower Hope, the second book in The Wildflower House series, is a great follow up to Wildflower Heart, although it can easily be read as a standalone.  Kara had a tough childhood and her marriage didn’t work out as she had dreamed it would.  Her father has always been a strong part of her life but not the best communicator.  They were just deepening their relationship and finally starting to really talk at Wildflower House when he suddenly died.  Kara knows she can’t let this latest grief overtake her and resolves to finish renovating her dad’s Victorian mansion in rural Virginia but will turn it into a creative retreat for artists and writers.  She has never attempted anything like this before and plodding through while trying to manage her grief, and what she doesn’t acknowledge is her addiction to pain killers, won’t be easy.  But she feels so at home in the lovely, vividly portrayed Virginia countryside that she is sure the effort will be well worth it.

This is a story with delightful characters and a strong plot that keeps you engrossed until the very last page.  It’s a story about family and friendship and hope and just putting one foot after the other, as many times as it takes.  Kara does move forward and become stronger, but not without struggles and setbacks and questionable choices.  Kara and Seth have just met and she really feels a connection, but maybe she latches on to him a little too firmly, building hope that may be false, assuming – or desperately hoping? – that his dreams are hers.

It was a joy to accompany Kara on her journey.  She is much stronger than she realizes but appealingly vulnerable at the same time.  The romance is sweet.  I can’t wait to continue the journey with Kara and the rest of the characters in this beautiful Virginia setting.

Thanks to the author and NetGalley for providing an advance copy for my honest review.
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While I did get to the end of this book, I honestly just skimmed most of it. I felt so lost at the beginning, not realizing until I look into book one that Wildflower Hope is not just part of a series, but is a trilogy about the same woman.
If I had known that, I would not have bothered to read this book without reading book one. This series should be marketed as a trilogy; it’s definitely not a stand-alone read. Not sure if it was less interesting because of this, or the ultra descriptive and wordy writing style, but i can’t in good faith even give this book a starred rating. I won’t be posting anything on any book sites.
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Hope Springs Eternal. In this followup to Wildflower Heart, released earlier this year, Greene continues the story of Wildflower House and in particular Kara Hart. This story picks up just days after the end of that tale and is heavily influenced by its events, so it isn't really one a new reader can come into without having read the first book - but the first book is at least as good as this one, and thus it isn't exactly a hardship. ;) Solid story and very much recommended.
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A fantastic follow up to Wildflower Heart, in the series about Kara Lange Hart and the surrounding characters in her life. This book continues her story where she rebuilds her life at Wildflower House. The introduction of new characters bring a new aspect to her life as she ventures into something she is excited yet nervous to embark on. The rich descriptions of the surroundings at Wildflower property both inside and outside are so great that it’s easy to picture everything Grace Greene intends the reader to. This is another glorious book by Grace Greene, written with the grace that she so easily does. I can’t wait for the next book in this series. I’m grateful to the author, publisher and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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"Wildflower House. You are welcome to thrive here." As the second book in the Wildflower House series, Wildflower Hope enables us to walk with Kara in her grief over her father's recent death as well as the past losses of her mother, husband, and unborn child. She throws herself onto reviving Wildflower House in her father's memory, but the process turns into a healing of Kara's physical and emotional distress, staunching a close call with drug dependence. What began as Henry Lange's dream becomes the instrument of her fulfillment, her self expression.

This book leads Kara out of her captivity in the past to her ability to live in the present: her bond to past losses relaxes; she frees Seth to pursue his dream job; she forms a friendship with Will, a landscaper and woodworker. Thus the stage is set for the continuation of the series and Kara's eventual ability to visualize the future she wishes to inhabit.

I love Grace Greene's writing, her rich descriptions of the house, its renovations and furnishings, the land. But most of all,the people pull me to them and don't let go. This Old Virginia girl is a part of the story as I read. I'm not on the sidelines; I'm in the middle of it all. I am invested in each character, even Victoria when she stubbornly returns.

I thank Netgalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. I look forward to the next gift from Grace Greene's heart.
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Wildflower Hope was a book full of hope for the main character, Kara Lange Hart.  She survived her mom leaving her when she was 16 and dying two years later and she is has survived the death of her husband Niles on their sixth wedding anniversary. Now she is dealing with the most recent death of her father and trying to restore Wildflower Hope with her own vision. 

 I liked Kara's strong character and how resilient she is but she is also realistically trying to give up the drugs she was given after the car accident that left her in a lot of physical and emotional pain. I admired how Kara was not going to settle for any relationship just so she would not be alone.  She was finally taking care of her needs first and growing in her own strength  She was willing to be vulnerable.

I really enjoyed how the story ended with hope and all through the story I could truly envision the Wildflower House and the medallion garden dedicated to her father.  The supporting characters were wonderful too.

This is a beautifully written story by an author I was not familiar with.  The wonderful depth to Kara's character and the people she touched and what she went through and how she changed and transformed was just like how the Wildflower House changed and transformed to become strong and elegant and full of life and love.  I received an advance copy of this book and I willingly chose to write an honest review.
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Wildflower Hope by Grace Greene. A story about her grief with her father dying and turning Wildflower House into a creative retreat. I love the descriptions of wildflower house but especially the description of the carriage house.
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I love Grace Greene's writing.  It's descriptive and lyrical, drawing me in so that I can clearly picture the places and people of her Cub Creek world.  In this volume, Kara's life is once again in chaos and I had a hard time connecting with Kara; her off-putting behavior and self-absorbed mental talk held me back from truly empathizing with her pain.  I had to take a break from this and read something lighter before I could go back and see what Grace would use to bring Kara to the breakthrough she needed to grow and come out of the experience prepared to take on the future.  My faith was rewarded and I found satisfaction in the book's concluding chapters.
I requested and voluntarily read an advanced review copy provided by the publisher via Netgalley.  I offer my honest opinion in response.
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This story has sadness, hope, acceptance, growth, forgiveness, and so much more. Take the ride of Kara’s life with her. It’s often hard to go on after you lose a loved one. Kara shows us through her growth and determination that it can be done. Decisions are not always easy to make and some have a harder time that others. What fun to have an artistic retreat for people to come and enjoy. I think what Kara is building would be so much fun to have or at least visit and enjoy. I love these characters and am excited to see what happens next with Kara and Will and with the Wildflower House. I received this book from NetGalley, but my opinion is my own.
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I absolutely loved Wildflower Heart and hoped I would get another chance to visit Kara, her family and friends, and Wildflower House again. Wildflower Hope took me right back there to that beautiful place. 

Kara's life hasn't been easy but she feels a sense of peace at Wildflower House. She has plenty of demons that she has to work through but she feels that this could be the place that might be able to heal her. I loved the many words of wisdom and sage advice that were revealed to the reader as Kara goes through the process. 

Wildflower Hope is a wonderful story of hope, forgiveness, growth, love, and moving forward. I'm excited to visit again with Kara and everyone else at Wildflower House, whenever I can.
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I had read and reviewed the first book in the Wildflower House series in November of 2018, and was so excited to have the opportunity to read and review this second book continuing the story of Kara Lange Hart. Her story is an inspiration of resilience. On the heels of a serious car accident came the death of her father whom she was just getting to really know. The emotional upheaval in Kara's life caused her to depend more and more on medication. Wildflower Hope is a beautiful story of getting back up,standing on one's own two feet, while allowing oneself to share burdens with those who offer healthy support.

The Wildflower house itself becomes as much a character in this story as it is a setting. It certainly becomes a place the reader will wish were not fiction, but one to be truly visited. So grab a cup of tea and find a quiet spot to spend some time with Kara in her beautiful, transforming home, or in one of the many quite nooks on the property. You will be more than happy you did.

I am grateful to have received a copy of Wildflower Hope from the author via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation.
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This is a beautiful and moving story telling of the journey a young woman makes back to wholeness. Kara has lost so much in her life and has erected strong walls around herself and her heart to protect her from any more hurt and pain. The story tells of the people who help her see herself anew and as a woman with strength and confidence.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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Wild Flower Hope by Grace Green is the second book in The Wildflower Series. That being said it can very well be read as a standalone but reading these books in sequence makes them more amazing. I have been waiting for this book to come out ever since I finished the first book. Wildflower Hope is a beautifully written book about loss, grief, being able to forgive and finding hope. It is a very heartwarming story. Once I started reading this book I was drawn right in and did not want to put it down. I loved how the author described everything so vividly I was able to visualize and feel everything that was going on. The descriptions of the house, flowers, gardens, and all the little paths were so vivid I felt I was right there with the characters. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in this series.
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Loving the Wildflower House series!

Book two explores the transformation of Wildflower House into an artists retreat. Owner Kara, who lost her father suddenly during the initial renovation, is so focused on the repairs and renovations that she is overwhelmed. With no time for love and romance, and no interest in repairing her friendship with her best friend, she is in danger of a breakdown.. Can her friends, old and new, get her back on track and help her see that all she needs is hope?

Grace Greene has quickly become one of my favorite authors. Her deft handling of characters and emotion make her stories a joy to read.
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Kara's had one tragedy after another and yet she keeps picking herself up and moving on.  This time, though, the death of her father leaves her not only with a well of grief but overwhelmed by his legacy.  He's left her a huge Victorian mansion to renovate. In his spirit, she decides it should be a retreat for artists and writers.  This sort of thing is never easy but in many ways, remaking the house- and making it a home- is parallel to Kara remaking her life, again.  She learns a lot from the community and while some relationships might not blossom the way the reader might want, there are others that are just terrific.  Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.  An encouraging read about a strong woman.  I'm hopeful there will be a third novel - I'd like to know what happens next.
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Grace Greene melts my heart again in this second book in the Wildflower heart series! Kara has to overcome the loss of her father and accepting she must move on.  She finds herself in a difficult situtation when she must face the past she thought she left behind.  Kara keeps pusing no matter the cost, even when she just wants to give up!  In this beautifully written story of grief, loss, hope and friendship Grace has shown the true meaning of forgiveness and the weight that is removed once you can do just that! I loved this book so much I hope the series never ends! A must read book! Thank you Netgalley and Grace Greene for my ARC copy in exchange for my honest review!!!
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Having read Wildflower Heart which i very much enjoyed reading, i was so pleased to have had the opportunity to read Wildflower Hope.  Another wonderful and well written story and one that it didn't want to have to turn the last page.  Loved the descriptions of the house and gardens.  As always, i am not going to write what the story is about as i prefer one to read the book for themselves, but i do highly recommend.  

My thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers.  This is my honest review, which i have voluntarily given.
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