Set in the late 1920’s A Hope Undaunted revolves around a spunky young lady – Katie O’Connor – who is a young woman with strong goals for her future that she will seemingly do anything to attain. But seeing herself through the eyes of someone from her past, someone she grew to loathe during her childhood, she suddenly isn’t so certain her life-plan is any longer what she really wants. Katie’s character begins as someone who is shallow, self-centered, and pretty much spoiled. Her father is determined not to let her continue down that path, however, and through his ‘punishment’ for some of her selfish flaunting of the house-hold rules – she is put into a situation where she learns to think about others, but it doesn’t happen quickly.
This book covers a lot of ground. It is slightly over 500 pages long and covers a good chunk of time in the life of this young woman and her family. I found it to be nicely filled with historical detail – including the stock market crash and its effects on her well-to-do family – and even though it was a lengthy book I still didn’t want it to end. (Yes, the characters were that good.) Will Katie include God’s goals for her life on her check-list for life success in the end? You’ll have to read it to find out.
Book Cover Review
This is one of those covers, that although attractive, I feel could have been stronger? The photo of the women, and her sense of style for hair and dress do fit the 1920’s but not overly so … And the background does not help to place her in history, but is merely filled with a golden wallpaper design. At first glance I can’t tell if this is a historical, a murder mystery or what exactly? The jaunty hip pose does help to depict this character is of a spunky attitude, but not much else is revealed by the cover and title. Women drawn to strong female characters will likely still pick up this book without foreknowledge … but those who prefer historical novels over modern novels might look past this cover on the shelf.