5+ StarsIn the follow-up to Colleen Hoover’s #1 New York Times bestseller Hopeless, the charming and irresistible Dean Holder tells the passionate story that has melted thousands of hearts.
In Hopeless, Sky left no secret unearthed, no feeling unshared, and no memory forgotten, but Holder’s past remained a mystery.
Still haunted by the little girl he let walk away, Holder has spent his entire life searching for her in an attempt to finally rid himself of the crushing guilt he has felt for years. But he could not have anticipated that the moment they reconnect, even greater remorse would overwhelm him…
Sometimes in life, if we wish to move forward, we must first dig deep into our past and make amends. In Losing Hope, bestselling author Colleen Hoover reveals what was going on inside Holder’s head during all those hopeless moments—and whether he can gain the peace he desperately needs.
Release Date July 8, 2013
Losing Hope: A Novel
ARC Provided by NetGalley
Selena's Thoughts - WOW, just WOW!! If I were in love with Holder before, there is absolutely no word in the English language to describe I how feel about him now.
Colleen Hoover once again takes on a very sensitive subject matter and does it with such grace and understanding.
While reading Hopeless (see my review) I was so overcome by the things that were happening to Sky that I don't think I truly let myself feel everything that Holder was feeling as well. I relate to Holder on a level that I wish I didn't but because of that his story touched me in an entirely different way. While reading Hopeless I cried FOR Sky, my heart was torn in pieces FOR her. While reading Losing Hope I cried WITH Holder, every time he missed Les, every time he was angry with her, every single time he wished she was there with him.
You may think that, because you know how this story ends that you know everything. Well you would be wrong. Seeing the events unfold through Holder's eyes was magnificent at times and excruciating at others. All the times that he and Sky were apart, all the feelings that he was having, all the emotional turmoil that he was drowning in over Les. It is all there in heart stopping detail. I can honestly tell you that I have never wanted to hug a fictional character more than I want to hug Dean Holder. I want to tell him that he is pretty much perfect in every way, he is kind and sarcastic and loving and kick ass and gentle. I want to thank him for being angry with Les, because he has every right to be. I want to thank him for making me laugh with his letters even when others might find something he says insensitive. But mostly I want to tell him I know how he feels.
Sometimes it isn't another human being who can look you in the eye and say the right things to you. Sometimes it is an author sitting at her desk speaking to you through her keyboard and characters.
I can't wait to proudly display this book on my bookshelf along with the rest of my Colleen Hoover collection.
Happy Reading!! :-)