Cover Image: Wildflower Hope

Wildflower Hope

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date:

Member Reviews

This story has sadness, hope, acceptance, growth, forgiveness, and so much more. Take the ride of Kara’s life with her. It’s often hard to go on after you lose a loved one. Kara shows us through her growth and determination that it can be done. Decisions are not always easy to make and some have a harder time that others. What fun to have an artistic retreat for people to come and enjoy. I think what Kara is building would be so much fun to have or at least visit and enjoy. I love these characters and am excited to see what happens next with Kara and Will and with the Wildflower House. I received this book from NetGalley, but my opinion is my own.
Was this review helpful?
I absolutely loved Wildflower Heart and hoped I would get another chance to visit Kara, her family and friends, and Wildflower House again. Wildflower Hope took me right back there to that beautiful place. 

Kara's life hasn't been easy but she feels a sense of peace at Wildflower House. She has plenty of demons that she has to work through but she feels that this could be the place that might be able to heal her. I loved the many words of wisdom and sage advice that were revealed to the reader as Kara goes through the process. 

Wildflower Hope is a wonderful story of hope, forgiveness, growth, love, and moving forward. I'm excited to visit again with Kara and everyone else at Wildflower House, whenever I can.
Was this review helpful?
I had read and reviewed the first book in the Wildflower House series in November of 2018, and was so excited to have the opportunity to read and review this second book continuing the story of Kara Lange Hart. Her story is an inspiration of resilience. On the heels of a serious car accident came the death of her father whom she was just getting to really know. The emotional upheaval in Kara's life caused her to depend more and more on medication. Wildflower Hope is a beautiful story of getting back up,standing on one's own two feet, while allowing oneself to share burdens with those who offer healthy support.

The Wildflower house itself becomes as much a character in this story as it is a setting. It certainly becomes a place the reader will wish were not fiction, but one to be truly visited. So grab a cup of tea and find a quiet spot to spend some time with Kara in her beautiful, transforming home, or in one of the many quite nooks on the property. You will be more than happy you did.

I am grateful to have received a copy of Wildflower Hope from the author via NetGalley in exchange for my honest opinion. I was under no obligation to provide a positive review and received no monetary compensation.
Was this review helpful?
This is a beautiful and moving story telling of the journey a young woman makes back to wholeness. Kara has lost so much in her life and has erected strong walls around herself and her heart to protect her from any more hurt and pain. The story tells of the people who help her see herself anew and as a woman with strength and confidence.
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Was this review helpful?
Wild Flower Hope by Grace Green is the second book in The Wildflower Series. That being said it can very well be read as a standalone but reading these books in sequence makes them more amazing. I have been waiting for this book to come out ever since I finished the first book. Wildflower Hope is a beautifully written book about loss, grief, being able to forgive and finding hope. It is a very heartwarming story. Once I started reading this book I was drawn right in and did not want to put it down. I loved how the author described everything so vividly I was able to visualize and feel everything that was going on. The descriptions of the house, flowers, gardens, and all the little paths were so vivid I felt I was right there with the characters. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in this series.
Was this review helpful?
Loving the Wildflower House series!

Book two explores the transformation of Wildflower House into an artists retreat. Owner Kara, who lost her father suddenly during the initial renovation, is so focused on the repairs and renovations that she is overwhelmed. With no time for love and romance, and no interest in repairing her friendship with her best friend, she is in danger of a breakdown.. Can her friends, old and new, get her back on track and help her see that all she needs is hope?

Grace Greene has quickly become one of my favorite authors. Her deft handling of characters and emotion make her stories a joy to read.
Was this review helpful?
Kara's had one tragedy after another and yet she keeps picking herself up and moving on.  This time, though, the death of her father leaves her not only with a well of grief but overwhelmed by his legacy.  He's left her a huge Victorian mansion to renovate. In his spirit, she decides it should be a retreat for artists and writers.  This sort of thing is never easy but in many ways, remaking the house- and making it a home- is parallel to Kara remaking her life, again.  She learns a lot from the community and while some relationships might not blossom the way the reader might want, there are others that are just terrific.  Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC.  An encouraging read about a strong woman.  I'm hopeful there will be a third novel - I'd like to know what happens next.
Was this review helpful?
Grace Greene melts my heart again in this second book in the Wildflower heart series! Kara has to overcome the loss of her father and accepting she must move on.  She finds herself in a difficult situtation when she must face the past she thought she left behind.  Kara keeps pusing no matter the cost, even when she just wants to give up!  In this beautifully written story of grief, loss, hope and friendship Grace has shown the true meaning of forgiveness and the weight that is removed once you can do just that! I loved this book so much I hope the series never ends! A must read book! Thank you Netgalley and Grace Greene for my ARC copy in exchange for my honest review!!!
Was this review helpful?
Having read Wildflower Heart which i very much enjoyed reading, i was so pleased to have had the opportunity to read Wildflower Hope.  Another wonderful and well written story and one that it didn't want to have to turn the last page.  Loved the descriptions of the house and gardens.  As always, i am not going to write what the story is about as i prefer one to read the book for themselves, but i do highly recommend.  

My thanks to Netgalley and the Publishers.  This is my honest review, which i have voluntarily given.
Was this review helpful?
Kara Hart suffered overwhelming heartache when she lost her mother and husband, and her father’s sudden death might be the blow that breaks her—unless she turns her grief into purpose. She’ll finish renovating his Victorian mansion in rural Virginia, but with her own twist. She’ll turn the old house into a creative retreat for artists and writers. Kara has never tackled a project this big alone, and she’s not ready to open her heart to others for help. But the locals open their hearts to her—including two who have the potential to be more than friends. She tells herself she doesn’t need romance or distractions, but maybe that’s exactly what she needs. When her former best friend reenters Kara’s life, it could be the distraction that finally destroys her—or heals her.

The tragedies in Kara’s life have damaged her self-confidence, but she presses forward, gradually lowering her protective walls and allowing others in little by little. Will bringing Wildflower House back to life and freeing her own creative spirit also allow her to open her heart to hope and happiness—and maybe even love?

I had a great time reading this book and now I am looking forward to reading more books by the same author. Many many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for granting me access to this eARC.
Was this review helpful?
Kara Lange Hart is grieving. She is having a hard time putting one foot in front of the other. The old adage, "Don't make big decisions while grieving." Kara needs to decided whether she is going to convert Wildflower House into a artistic retreat or sell it. As she starts to make decisions, she is slowly seeing the possibilities. Anger is still a constant companion. along with the wall around her heart. Slowly as the house and the landscape take shape, Kara realizes she is changing also. She is not clinging to the past. She is open to the possibilities. It is saying you're sorry and giving and asking for forgiveness. It allows love  to grow and flourish. 

You are not in a hurry to read this book. You want to savor each page. It is beautifully written.
Was this review helpful?
I have become a huge Grace Greene fan.  I could not wait to read this book after reading Wildflower Heart.  I loved this story of Kara and how she was figuring out how to put the pieces of her life back together after suffering the loss of her dad, Henry.  Kara is described as being resilient, by her dad (that is what he told her before he died). That she is!  Kara has seen more than her fair share of loss and now being the owner of Wildflower House has its new stresses.  This house was her dad’s vision, his retirement project, his dream...not hers.  Does she want to  be burdened with this big old house, with all the renovations/repairs that are needed.  What will she do in this big house all alone?  Does she need the isolation? This wasn’t her plan.  It all changed when Henry died and left it all to Kara.  An idea comes to her on what she sees as the purpose of Wildflower House, now she must do this on her own, without her dad.  This book is a wonderful read. It is an example of perseverance, getting back up when life has slapped you down.  I loved reading this book and seeing Kara’s strength, confidence and perseverance shine through.
Was this review helpful?
Wildflower Hope is the second book in Grace Greene’s Wildflower House series. This story segues into the weeks just following the unexpected death of main character Kara Lange Hart’s beloved father, Henry.  Kara’s three decades have been fraught with loss. . .her mother, her husband, her unborn child, and now her father, who had kept her together through all that had happened in her life, was gone as well. 

As was the plan Henry had for restoring Wildflower House.  Now it was up to Kara to decide what to do next. The easiest thing to do would be to sell and go back to the city where she could return to the career she had before a drunk driver on a rainy night wiped out her plans for her future. Kara was still mending from that fateful accident and was now completely on her own.

Kara had a vision of opening the revamped house as a place where artists and craftsmen could meet to share ideas and classes, and, perhaps, to host events.  When she shares this idea with Nicole Albers, close friend of her late father and Kara’s ally, Nicole tends to push Kara to move forward. But, instead, it is the landscaper, Will Mercer, who is able to lead Kara away from her darkness.

This is a wonderful sequel to the first novel in the series, Wildflower Heart, and will make the reader anxious for the next book in the series. Interesting characters and a lovely setting are at the heart of these stories. I have enjoyed this book and I do recommend it!
Was this review helpful?
This is the next book of the Wildflower series. It follows Kara Hart as she recovers from the sudden death of her father. She continues restoring the old Victorian house as he had planned, during which she meets and makes friends with many townspeople. There were many instances that detailed how involved an undertaking Kara has in not only fixing up the house, but also transforming it into the retreat she envisions it will be. There are several subplots as she comes to realize who she really is and who her true friends are. The house will become a retreat for creative artists and we follow the progress through the book. It had been awhile since I read the first book, Wildflower Heart, so I needed to refresh my memory as references to it popped up. I enjoyed the characters and how they evolved from the first book. I hope the next book comes out soon! 
Although I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review, the opinions expressed in this review are strictly my own.
Was this review helpful?
Kara Hart and her father moved into a dilapidated Victorian mansion, hoping to restore it to its former glory. But before they achieve much work on the home, her father suddenly dies. Kara is devastated -- the tragedy only adds to the heartache she feels over the loss of her mother and her husband. Somehow, she pushes through the pain, and decides that she will continue renovating the mansion, turning it into an artists' retreat. She's never really been artistic (as far as she realizes), and her friends question why she wants to put in the work. But she hires help -- including a handsome gardener/handyman -- and begins restoring the home, its surrounding wildflower gardens, and the accompanying carriage house.

Of course, no project of this size is without its challenges and obstacles. Yet as Kara works her way through them, she grows more confident in herself and finds a part of herself that she never knew existed -- an  embroidery artist who enjoys creating beautiful works and helping other artists do the same, especially those who have suffered setbacks and problems in their own lives. 

I didn't realize this book is part of a series. But it works as a stand-alone, so feel free to check it out if you haven't read the other books in the Wildflower House series. 

This is a gentle read with a hopeful message set in small town America. I recommend it if you're looking for a book that will help you inspire you to overcome the seemingly insurmountable obstacles in your own life. Kara will inspire you!
Was this review helpful?
Linda's Book Obsession Review's  "Wildflower Hope" by Grace Greene, Lake Union, September 24, 2019

Grace Greene, Author of "Wildflower Hope" has written the second book in "The Wildflower House Series". This can be read as a stand-alone. The Genres for this novel are Fiction and Women's Fiction with Romance.   This is an emotional, intriguing, and dramatic novel. I love the way the author vividly describes and writes about the renovations of the house, the landscape, the gardening, and the planning. The author describes her characters as complex and complicated.

Kara Hart has known tragedy and is starting to pull herself together after her father's death. She decides she wants to renovate the house as a retreat, and plans for parking and gardens for the land.  Kara is ambivalent at times and insecure and doubts that she can pull this off. She does have the support of people helping her if she will let them in.

I love the way the author discusses the importance of self-worth, second chances, new beginnings, and forgiveness.  The author also mentions the importance of family, friends, neighbors, love, and hope. I would recommend this entertaining story for those readers who enjoy women's fiction.
Was this review helpful?
Heartwarming story of loss,love and family.A home is reborn and the characters grow within it.Loved all the characters,flaws and all and the descriptions were so good I could visualize the house and grounds in my mind.
Was this review helpful?
Wildflower Hope is a really good read. I did have a hard time at first getting into it. After a quarter of the way through, I was hooked. I loved it! I give it four and a half stars.
Was this review helpful?
Thanks to Netgalley for the advanced copy...

Really liked this book! Enjoyed it very much..

Looking forward to read more book from this author soon...
Was this review helpful?
Grace Greene’s book, ‘WILDFLOWER HOPE’ is a must-read in my opinion. I was captivated from the very beginning. The personalities are so well developed – some a bit quirky, which I love – that it seems more like you are reading about real people, good friends, not just characters in a book. Another thing that Greene does so well is to create a backdrop where you can visualize the paths people walk along, smell the flowers, and even touch the walls of an old, very old, home. There are also some twists that kept me reading late into the early morning hours when I should have been sleeping. Whether it was emotions or landscapes in the book, Greene nailed it. I look forward to reading more from this very gifted author.
Was this review helpful?