Falling for Hope by Eryn LaPlant

Falling for Hope by Eryn LaPlant
Publisher: First Born Publishing
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (260 pgs)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rated: 4 stars
Review by Poppy

Alexander Bronwyn keeps his heart well-guarded, except when it comes to his son, Elliot. When his son’s declining health requires a dire bone marrow transplant, adopted Alexander must delve deeply into his past to find those who share the same DNA.

Elaine Hannel thought she lost her first-born forty years prior during childbirth. That is until he came to her uncovering a decades’ old mystery she didn’t know existed. Shocked, Elaine is forced to relive the past she’d put behind her so long ago, with a former lover and the death of her child she only met for a blink of a moment.

While the rest of the Hannels are confused, and feel deceived, Lucy Brooks is the only person accepting and sympathetic of Alexander and his plight. A single parent herself, she sees in Alex a man who will do anything for his son, no matter the pain and conflict it causes. What she doesn’t see is the soul connection to a man so overburdened with life, all he has left is to let go and let her take some of that away for him.

I know this is a romance, but I’m telling you right now… Elliot is my favorite book character of the year.

Falling For Hope follows the stories of two people whose love lives up to this point have been abysmal. Neither has a good record for choosing a partner, and yet they’re both still so big-hearted and loving. Both Alexander and Lucy are adorable folks and I thoroughly enjoyed following their story. And I loved the entire group of characters we get to see — I haven’t read the other books in the series, and while it was clear I’d missed something (the other couples would casually mention how they’d met, and there were clearly some very exciting stories there) this book stands solidly as a standalone.

I did think Alexander’s story was believed too easily. Yes, I know Elaine’s story was a secret and folks couldn’t have known it easily, and apparently he resembled his father, but the Hannels are a very well-to-do family and would be an easy mark for a con man. So I did have some reservations at how quickly Elaine was willing to welcome him into the fold with no actual proof. Of course, the kids had their issues, but it was one of those things that poked at me. Also, as much as I loved Elliot (and I really, really did) he was pretty darn precocious for his age. Also, given their love life backgrounds, I was honestly surprised at how quickly our two main characters fell madly in love.

However, those concerns aside, this is ultimately a story about love, in its many forms. Above and beyond the romance between Alexander and Lucy, we get Elaine’s story (and boy, does her husband love her), the story between mother and son (Lucy and Cameron), the story between father and son (Alexander and Elliot) and so much more. It tugged the heartstrings and made me feel and that’s the sign of a really good story.


  1. Thanks for hosting!

  2. Lisa Brown says:

    Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  3. John Smith says:

    It says the heat level is “spicy.” I’m not sure I can take more than “heart-warming,” but I shall try to be brave.

    • Long and Short Reviews says:

      That just means the bedroom door is open — it doesn’t mean it’s heavy on the sex 🙂 We hope you’ll give it a try!

  4. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Rita Wray says:

    The book sounds great.

  6. Thank you so much, Poppy, for your review. Not to discount your thoughts, but yeah, Charles is quite understanding, and yes, Alex and Lucy *really* hit it off …but you know what – that’s the best part of a fictional life. We can have our people deal with problems better than we do in real life. That’s how I like to see it. There was already enough real life dealing with Elliott’s cancer fight. 😉
    Thank you though for the pointers, I will take them to heart in the next book and try to bring a bit more real into it. Thank you, too, for hosting. You have a lovely blog!

  7. Congrats on the tour and thanks for the chance to win!

  8. Dale Wilken says:

    This books sounds like a good read.

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