Springtime at Hope Hall

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Pretty straight forward book, what you read in the synopsis is what you get. If you like reading about British life in small communities, you won't be disappointed with this one.
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A good read about the people who use Hope Hall. This is where many community organisations meet every week. Everyone has a story and troubles in their lives. At Hope Hall they find friendship and advice and support. 

Thank you to Netgalley for my copy.
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I will start by giving this 5 stars, it is a book to be read and enjoyed as much as I have done. This is  set around the lives of the people who live and use Hope Hall in so many ways, community life at its best. Very well written and I recommend it to all.
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An uplifting story of how a local village hall is the heart of the community.
Kath is the anchor of the village hall who manages the day to day running with skill and compassion.
There is a plethora of local characters with interesting back stories and a lovely warm feel good factor to the whole book.
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A lighthearted look at the users of the village hall. Culminating with a glorious gala day featuring all the different groups.
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Hope Hall is the centre of the village. Kath, once a high powered hospital administrator now the hall manager juggles the variety of events from the regular cafe, the playgroup, the advisory sessions, the dance classes etc etc! The book is full of terrific characters and their stories. It was a delightful read. I am already looking forward to meeting them all again in the next book in the series. Thanks to Netgalley & the publisher for letting me read & review this book
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Springtime at Hope Hall by Pam Rhodes. 

Kath Sutton has retuned to the small town from London giving a very successful job as a business management on the death of her father & care for an ailing mother. On her mother’s death she accepts the job as manager at Hope Hall a place she remembers from her childhood with affection. It has always been the centre of the community. There’s a drop in Cafe. Dance classes, a playgroup, keep fit for the older members, WI and many other things besides. The book is following the lives of the people who run hope hall and the people attending. Showing the good and not so good of the community. 


An absolutely adorable book. Loved the stories, the people and their lives. Beautifully written, you want to laugh and cry all at the same time due to the injustice of life and all it brings. Can’t wait for next instalment of Hope Hall. Definitely 5/5!
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Lovely book perfect story to cuddle up with and join the lives of these characters.Their village five friends working together their lives families daily interactions. I was sorry to finish this book,#netgalley#lionhouse
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This is such a delightful book.  Everything centers around Hope Hall, a community center that has something for all ages.  There are different characters working at Hope Hall and we get a glimpse of each person and the life they live.  My favorite character was Kath Sutton, she is the manager of Hope Hall.  She left London to help her mother when she was sick.  She didn't go back to London but stayed to be the manager.  She doesn't regret not going back to the city but enjoys the small interaction between people.  
If you like Maeve Binchy and the way she breaks her books into short stories that intertwined you will enjoy this book as well.
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A lovely light hearted read that will be quickly devoured as I did, a lovely story of friendship, community and personal discovery. Well written and addictive reading, can’t wait for the next.

Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for a free copy for an honest opinion
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Living in a small community myself,  I knew that I would connect with this story straight away, with almost clones of the people that I know as friends that would pop up in this book. Reading it was like relaxing with familiar faces as I nodded my head, smiled and laughed at what the people in Hope Hall got up to.
In a small community, the heart and soul are the church and village hall, often with people that organise them belonging to both. Kath had worked in London in a pretty high flying career but when she came to the to live in the community a temporary position came up to be the administer of Hope Hall. The position was hers as soon as she went through the door.
Kath is an incredible character in the story and manages to make every available minute of Hope Hall work for the community. I loved the versatility and energy of Della with her dances classes that covered everyone from 3 to 103. The traditional meals that made my mouth water and nursey classes to girl guides. The centre buzzed with energy cringed at the singers and rocked with community spirit.
This story gets behind the scenes into the lives of the people that make the place tick, their heartaches and problems, their dreams and achievements. It is a beautifully written story that you feel you become part of. The best news is this is the first book of three, so I am already looking forward to the next hurdles that the Hope Hall team are faced with.
I wish to thank NetGalley, the publisher and MidasPR for a copy of this book which I have reviewed honestly.
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Fantastically written book loved it. Loved the way all the characters seemed to sprung to life within the story enjoy all of this author’s books but this one was the best so far. Would love to have a Hope Hall near me. Highly recommend
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A lovely old fashioned charm to this book of a community hall used by many. There were lots of characters in it which could be a little hard to keep track of but nothing too taxing. Really makes you want to live in a village setting with a vibrant community.
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This is a gentle story with loveable characters in a charming setting. I love reading about close-knit communities where people are nice and helpful to each other. I was pleased to see that most of the conflicts could be handled and solved. I like a happy ending which I was given here with some cliffhangers of course to make the next part more exciting.
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I really liked this book, it was easy to read and had a nice flow to it. Suddenly i was sad it was over, i'd hoped for more time with the characters, because i would have learned more about them and grow to like them even more, i mean i liked some more than others so i looked forward til i read about them again. Though, it might have been a little bit of too many characters at some point? so it got a bit confusing.because of it.
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I was looking for a light read with a community feel and this one did not disappoint. 

A tiny bit disjointed in that it was like a stream of  consciousness  for  the diary of all the various users of a hundred year old  community hall and in some cases I felt storylines were light  on content and I desired more but it was a fun ride  with some really colourful characters and I  enjoyed this book immensely.

Rest assured I shall be reading the second book in 2021 as the foundation of characters will draw me back
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I really enjoyed this book so much.  It has a really great plot, superb main characters and I read it in one sitting.  I would highly recommend this book.
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A lovely tale of journeys and personal discovery.  Really warm and inviting with great characters, would make a great summer holiday read.
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A refreshing change to the crime genre I usually read. A real 'feel good' story. My only criticism would be the vast amount of characters, it's a little difficult to keep track. The list of who's who at the end of the book would have been better placed at the start.
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everything happens at Hope Hall, beavers, choirs, dance clubs and food for the elderly. Not only do we get an insight into the importance of the hall but we follow the lives of the team who work so hard to bring the community together. 

We have friendship, divorce, tricky relationships and happy endings. Although the ideas are good and it is well written I did have difficulty with the way the storyline kept switching between characters.
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