Thanks so much for joining the blog tour for Sara Jane Jacobs’ book ‘Season of Hope’! Read on to learn more about the author and book, check out my review, and enter a giveaway.
About Sara Jane Jacobs
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.
About Season of Hope:
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.
I struggled with Season of Hope. It took a while to get into it; I felt that much was overdescribed and overexplained. A couple moments of sensuality gave me pause, but thankfully nothing more than that!
Coming into the book after a (significant) pause, I initially thought the book was set in times gone by. (I think I have Heidi on the brain, what with life on a mountain amidst lush greenery being involved.) Thus, imagine my surprise when the mention of cell phones and the Internet sprang up!
That being said, Season of Hope is truly a hopeful story. Amidst the challenges that the characters face, they look to God as their hope and source of rescue. Not in a pie-in-the-sky sense, but in a true belief and anticipation of God’s rescue – no matter what form it takes. The book is thoughtfully written and, despite its slow-for-me start, worthwhile as a whole.
Also, I adore the 1995 Sabrina movie – and any book that incorporates it earns major brownie points with me!
I received a free copy of the book as part of the blog tour. All opinions are my own.
Enter to win the SEASON OF HOPE giveaway! One person will win the following items…
- A copy of the DVD Sabrina (featured in the book)
- Costa Rican Tarrazu Dark Roast Coffee (a character’s favorite French Roast)
- An eBook of Season of Hope
Q & A with Sara Jane Jacobs
- How do you select the names of your characters?
Ha-ha, you know in those movie scenes when someone is put on the spot for a name and they look around the room and start pulling names from objects? Actually, for most of the characters I put a little more than that into it. Although, I did pull the name of one character in book two off a children’s book that was close by at the time. Maybe I’ll run a contest when book two launches and see if anyone can guess it. For the main characters, I choose names that I like or that just seem like a good for what I’m imagining for that character.
- If you didn’t write, what would you want to do?
I would want to work in video production, assuming that I have the option to go back to school. But this is something that I plan on studying even as a writer. I’d like to study filmmaking, too, but I’m a bit concerned it might heighten my awareness of the technical side of things to the point that I’m not enjoying the entertainment side as much
- Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Yes, although it can be painful. I try to learn from them. I’m extremely thankful for the good ones! And the bad ones, I try to understand where the reader is coming from, see if there’s anything to learn and then let it go! Reviews have made me less critical of any kind of creative expression, whether it’s a painting, a song, or a movie. We don’t all love the same kinds of things. If I like something then I will tell others that I liked it and why. But if I don’t, then it’s probably because it just wasn’t my thing and I’ll just leave it for those who enjoy it.
- Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
No! But I totally want to do this now! Although, come to think of it, there are some things in my books where a few people might find a connection. In fact, my brother read a part of chapter one and said it reminded him of our summer vacations in Franklin. There are some other things that might make a few people go, “hmm.” I’m inspired. I might make some fun fact memes or little trivia posts on my Facebook page. Cool question!
- If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?
If I had known there was a connection between all the things that I loved and writing it would have changed my world. I knew that I loved vocabulary, reading, stories, acting, books, music! I just never connected the dots. I would have embraced all those things that I loved and studied harder. I probably would have loved school and applied myself a lot more. I felt like the world I lived in was expecting me to be more left-brain dominant.
Blog Tour Schedule:
June 26 – Truth to Shine
June 27 – ASC Book Reviews
June 28 – Meagan Davenport
June 29 – Linda Shenton Matchett
June 30 – Barbara Brutt
July 3 – Ink From an Earthen Vessel
July 4 – Faithfully Bookish
July 5 – A Real Writer’s Life
July 6 – Smiling Book Reviews
July 7 – Bookworm Mama
July 10 – Tell the World
July 11 – 2014 and Beyond
July 12 – Tammy Karasek
July 13 – Rebecca DeMarino
July 14 – Julie Arduini
July 17 – Laura Bennet
July 18 – All Betts Are Off
July 19 – Rachel Scott McDaniel
July 20 – Rebecca Van Daniker
July 21 – Leslie L. Mckee
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