SHADOWS OF HOPE                            GEORGIANA DANIELS

A story of hope in the aftermath of inconceivable betrayal and broken dreams
What if. . .
. . .you struggled with infertility but unknowingly befriended your husband’s pregnant mistress?

What if. . .
. . .the woman you were seeing behind your wife’s back gets pregnant, threatening your job and marriage?

What if. . .
. . .your boyfriend never told you he was married and you discover you’re pregnant?

Crisis pregnancy worker Marissa Moreau suspects her husband is cheating, but little does she know how close to home her husband’s infidelity hits. College student Kaitlyn Farrows is floundering after a relationship with her professor leaves her pregnant. Soon she lands a job and a support system at the local pregnancy resource center and things seem to be turning around. But when Marissa and Kaitlyn become friends, neither one knows they share a connection—Colin, Marissa’s husband, and Kaitlyn’s former professor. When their private lives collide, the two women must face the ultimate test of their faith and choose how to move forward as they live in the shadows of hope.

      This was such an interesting story on so many levels.  You have a man who has cheated on his wife and wants to play it off as just a phase he was going through.  Mainly, because he felt so put upon by her demands to have sex to conceive a baby.
     Wow, I think I could make a list right now of guys calling him a candy-ass.  Really?!  His wife had a miscarriage of their child he won’t talk about adoption.  Yes, it was true his wife was forcing him to have sex.  Do you all hear the choir of real men singing out, “Dude, Buck it UP!”  She basically, forced him to cheat is the way he looks at it.  But when the guilt finally hits him he is pissed at her that he should call it off.  Come on really!?
     Not because he is deathly afraid that he is her professor at the college she attends, that he is up for tenure, or that oh I don’t know, ‘Could lose my job’ factor. No, that he is forced, because of his vows and his guilt of his wife may one more time have a meltdown like when they had the miscarriage.  His resentment and contempt are so high you could almost feel it coming right off the pages.
     Not once does he speak of love?  When the woman he has the affair with needs to talk he ignores her.  She is a woman, Kaitlyn Morey, is twenty-six-years-old.  She is what is called a retread.  She continues through different methods to contact him but he ignores her.
     Kaitlyn works at the Bean.  A coffee house which happens to be the one where Marissa, Colin’s wife and her best friend and business partner, Tristan Hart, have been meeting for their morning meeting and coffee since the office coffee pot broke.  Since the New Heights, a pregnancy resource center, ran mostly on grants and donations it would be awhile before they got a new one since other things were needed first.  Since Kaitlyn never knew that Colin was married Marissa never knew about the affair.  They have become friends after almost a year of coffee meetings at Kaitlyn’s work.
     Now Kaitlyn was in need of the services the New Heights provided.  See what a tangled web Colin cheats for every one of his selfish needs to have his cake and eat it too.
     I give this the star rating I do because I thought it was a good story but we really got, no closure.  We don’t know do they divorce, work it out, or do they live apart?  Except a poor baby is in the mix.  I give this: 4 stars.  Provided by 

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