It was one of those instances when I was very moved by the cover of Hope Hanna Murphy. The title is intriguing and seductive. One might infer from the title that the book is about optimism and aspirations for the future. However, the book holds the reader’s attention and has much more in its pages. In a very understated yet meaningful way, author E.D. Hackett imparts several crucial life lessons that we frequently overlook in our haste through life.
Although they are straightforward and well-known to us, these teachings get lost in the race to succeed. Sometimes the solution to your issue is just a step away. In the book, Carly thinks that moving in with her lover, who lives miles away, is the best way to get away from the life her parents made her live. When things do not turn out the way she had hoped, her hopes are dashed.
She eventually embarks on a quest for fulfilment after having a careless lover and working in a dead end job. In a twist of fate, Carly is sent back to her childhood home on Block Island to learn the truth about her background after receiving devastating DNA test results. Her childhood neighbour Chris is her first cousin, according to the DNA test, but neither of them is aware of their family history.
When she learns that Chris is getting married to her best friend’s sister and that his family will be present, the mystery is made even more complicated. Carly starts to doubt and distrust everyone and everything in her immediate environment. Everyone seems to be keeping something to themselves. At this point, the issue that arises is: Will Carly unravel the mystery of her history before the wedding or will she never learn the real story behind her family and her life?
I won’t give away any more information and ruin the surprise. It’s a pleasant book to curl up with while drinking coffee. Family, love, hope over uncertainty, friendship, community, and most importantly self-discovery are among the book’s themes. The writing is easy and straightforward. The reader might feel like they are a part of each character’s life because everything happens in perfect synchronisation. Tell everyone to try it.
About The Book
Carly Davis was sure getting away from the island would help. Elated after finally freeing herself from running her late family’s inn, her fresh start in Maine fizzles in the aftermath of a failed relationship. And her luck sours further still when an innocent DNA test reveals at least one of her parents had been deceiving her for decades.
Furious she gave up the best years of her life to support people she wasn’t even related to, the distraught woman returns home to seek answers about her actual origins. But with her dear friend’s sister marrying a guy who is suddenly Carly’s cousin, the angry adoptee fears the truth could leave her more alone than ever…
Will she find the joy she so desperately craves, or will her true heritage only bring new sorrow?
Hope Hanna Murphy is the enchanting second book in The Block Island Saga women’s fiction series. If you like optimistic stories, conflicted characters, and the strength of community, then you’ll love E.D. Hackett’s tale of courage.
Hope Hanna Murphy
It says something about American culture when it's an act of empowerment and self-confidence for a woman to pass up her sister's wedding, but that's what one main character does, and we're happy for her. Another unravels the story of her birth - I kind of wish we knew more about the mother, but once again, we're just happy she finds out. They live with incredible angst in spite of being on a gorgeous resort island paradise - once again an apt snapshot of modern USA.
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