Review of HOPE SPRINGS ETERNAL by Julia Ridgmont

I must confess that historical romance is not usually the genre that I choose to read, but the premise of the book enticed me to read it. Susannah Eversoll’s husband of twenty years committed suicide, so she reluctantly offers to be a mail-order bride, taking her adult daughter Melissa to Oregon with her. Once there, Susannah fulfills her obligation to marry David, but she seems resigned to live without love and to take care of his two rambunctious boys whom she was not prepared to care for. One night, Susannah and David go to the town’s skating party and everything changes when Susannah is hurt and suffers from amnesia. David continues to hope that Susannah will regain her memory and we begin to see that he really cares for her. There are a couple of mysteries woven into the story, one of which threatens David and Susannah’s new marriage. I enjoyed the book because the pace was quick and the characters were sympathetic and believable. The few twists that were included certainly added to the story for me! Fans of historical romance will enjoy this clean read.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255, “Guides Concerning the Use of Testimonials and Endorsements in Advertising.”

My rating:

My rating is mostly based on the fact that there were some events that seemed too coincidental, but otherwise, I was impressed with the author’s tight writing.

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