Raising Hope

by Katie Willard

Debut Books of the Month Family Drama

LoveReading View on Raising Hope

Raising Hope is a luminous debut novel about mothers, daughters and the power of family love.

Similar this month: Katie Fforde, Emily Barr.
Comparison: Clare Chambers, Kate Saunders, Kate Long.

Raising Hope Synopsis

There couldn’t have been two more different girls in the town of Ridley Falls. Ruth Teller, raised by a hardworking single mother, barely scraped through high school before she settled into a minimum-wage job. Sara Lynn Hoffman, doted upon by her well-to-do parents, graduated top of her class before conquering college and law school. Their paths shouldn’t have crossed again, but life doesn’t always work out the way it should, and now they are sharing a house…and more. Together they are raising a girl called Hope, who came into their lives as an infant and changed everything.
Set in the summer of Hope’s twelfth year and moving back and forth in time, this heart-warming novel is the story of an unlikely family. It’s the story of Hope, on the edge of growing up and yearning to find out everything she can about her birth parents. It’s also the story of Ruth and Sara Lynn – the girls they once were and women they’ve become. Finally, it’s the story of Aimee, Sara Lynn’s mother, and Mary, Ruth’s mother, both of whom formed their daughters for better and for worse.

Raising Hope Press Reviews

‘Raising Hope does just that.  A sweet, optimistic debut.’ Claire Cook, author of Must Love Dogs

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ISBN: 9780749936501
Publication date: 02/03/2006
Publisher: Judy Piatkus Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9780749936501
Publication date: 2nd March 2006
Author: Katie Willard
Publisher: Judy Piatkus Publishers Ltd
Format: Paperback
Genres: Debuts of the Month, Family Drama,

About Katie Willard

Katie Willard was born in Western Massachusetts and educated at Dartmouth College, where she blissfully studied everything, but especially English literature. After Dartmouth, she went to Harvard Law School for the less-than-sound reason that she got in. She practiced law in Boston for a few years until the best job in the world - being a stay-at-home mom to her daughter Zoe - came along.  An avid life-long reader, Katie dreamed of being a writer in the same way that a person who sings in the shower dreams of appearing on Broadway. She surprised herself when she enrolled in ...

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