Book Review & Giveaway: Season of Hope by Sara Jane Jacobs

Book Review & Giveaway: Season of Hope by Sara Jane JacobsSeason of Hope on March 28th 2017
Pages: 261
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When Amanda Jarvis prays that a special friend will move into the vacant house near her isolated mountain home, she isn’t upset when God sends a boy instead of a girl. But Amanda’s not the only one receiving unexpected answers to her prayers. After fleeing with his mother from an abusive father, Tyler Armstrong finds much-needed love and acceptance with Amanda’s family over the next ten years.

As high school graduation nears, Tyler is shocked when one carefree afternoon with Amanda churns up an inner turmoil he would have never imagined; he’s crushing on his best friend. And for the first time in his life he’s hiding a secret from Amanda. Convinced the timing is all wrong, Tyler pushes his feelings aside as he and Amanda prepare for the future. He will soon begin training to pursue his dream of becoming a Navy Seal, while Amanda makes plans to spend the summer in Manhattan with her aunt and then return home to the community college.

When Amanda’s summer job catapults her into a modeling career, she readily accepts the much-needed distraction. Tyler’s impending deployment is turning her world upside down. Along with the fact that she’s falling for her best friend. And, for the first time in her relationship with Tyler, she’s hiding a secret, too.

Phoebe Garrison, Amanda’s controlling aunt, is thrilled when she is given the power to act on behalf of her underage niece. Bored with her Fortune 500 advertising agency, becoming Amanda’s manager is just what she’s been looking for to rekindle her aspirations. But as Tyler becomes aware of Phoebe’s obsession to push Amanda into supermodel status, tensions rise. As the three of them become entangled in a mass of concealed ambition and desire, each will make decisions that will send ripples of turbulence across their futures.

Catherine and Ethan Jarvis along with their seven year old daughter Amanda lived on Nathan’s Mountain among the Blue Ridge Mountains outside of Bryson City, North Carolina.   Amanda did not have friends living close, so most of her 7 years was spent playing alone with her doll, Priscilla.

New neighbors were moving right at the foot of Nathan’s Mountain. Running away from her abusive husband, Jessica Armstrong bought the house and she had one child named Tyler. While visiting Jessica and Tyler with her mother, Tyler offered to teach Amanda how to play basketball.  He assumed the role of a big brother and their friendship began.  Both would be going into the third grade when school started.

Jessica was starting a new job as a certified nursing assistant at the community hospital in town and asked Catherine if she might know of a teenaged girl looking for a summer job or a daycare center.  Catherine offered to watch Tyler and would do it for free.  Tyler finds love with Amanda’s family over the next 10 years.

Tyler and Amanda were two best friends all through school.  They chose not to date during high school and concentrate on their studies. Tyler is hiding a secret about how he feels about Amanda.   Both wanted to prepare for their futures.  He wanted to train to become a Navy Seal and Amanda plans on spending the summer with her Aunt Phoebe who lives in Manhattan and return home to attend college.

Living with her Aunt Phoebe is so strange and different than living on the mountain. Amanda misses Tyler and is falling in love with him but does not tell him.   Amanda takes a job modeling and making a name for herself.  Aunt Phoebe is in charge of Amanda’s life.  Tyler is in training to become a SEAL and they try to stay in touch it is becoming very difficult to do and they miss each other terribly.

The end of this story stopped, and I wanted more!!  I had followed Amanda and Tyler for years and needed to know more!  I can’t wait for part 2.  This is a sweet love story.


I began writing as a hobby while raising my two children. In 2015, I dusted off my stories and my dreams to see if I could turn my hobby into a career. My first story, Season of Hope, was inspired by summer vacations which always included a trip to Franklin, North Carolina, to visit family and explore The Smoky Mountains. When I’m not writing, I enjoy spending time with family. I love most any activity that involves being outdoors, especially camping, hiking and spontaneous excursions to splash in the ocean. I currently live along the Emerald Coast of Florida with my cat Selah and her delightful offspring, Colby, Jack and Tuesday.









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