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Author: Carrie Ann Ryan
Publication Date: 25 July, 2017
Series: Gallagher Brothers, book 3
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Age Recommendation: 17 and Up
Rating: 5 Stars
~ I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review ~
The Gallagher Brothers series from NYT Bestselling Author Carrie Ann Ryan concludes with the final brother who thought he had everything to look forward to, and the one woman who can handle him.
Life isn’t worth living if you don’t fight to live. That’s what Murphy Gallagher learned at a young age when cancer ravaged his body not once, but twice. Over the course of his survival, he lost his parents and his childhood, but he’s been healthy for years and has become a man he hopes his family is proud of. But when his world tilts on its axis yet again, he’ll have to learn what it means to fight not only the unknown but also his attraction to his best friend.
Tessa Stone works hard and plays harder. She’s spent her life trying to figure out who she is in the present rather than looking back. Yet when she’s forced into close proximity with Murphy, she’ll have to not only be his rock but learn how to relax enough to maybe let him be hers, as well. But seduction doesn’t stop when the world seems to, and close encounters of the naked kind might just be the first step in something much more complicated than either of them bargained for. Life, though, is for living, after all.
I can't believe we're here. We are at the end of the Gallagher Brothers series and Carrie Ann Ryan saved the very best for last. I have really enjoyed getting to know these brothers, their ladies, and having the chance to keep up with my favorite Montgomery clan through them. I feel content with the end and with the belief that we haven't seen the end of these characters either. With Carrie Ann Ryan's coming spin off series I think that we will get our peek into the Gallagher's lives like we did with the Montgomery but while being content I am sad that it is over. This is one of those series that you would like to go on and on because these characters become more than just 'some character' in a book they become a part of your book family. They are the characters that stay close to your heart, that leave their mark in one way or another and no Gallagher more than Murphy gave that to me. Murphy and Tessa's story is a challenging one to read. It is an emotional roller coaster and it is beautiful. it is a story about living life to it's fullest and following your heart even when it is scary.
Hope Restored was such a dichotomy for me. It is a book full of both fear and hope. A book about laughter and tears, it is a book about hate and love. Each of these elements play off one another in such a way that you, the reader, are constantly up and then down with your emotions, but Carrie Ann is able to capture all these feelings in such a way that you know this is how life must feel when you are battling for your future. It can't always be sadness but neither can it all be happy. How unsatisfied as readers would we have been if the author had filled this book with depression and regret, or had she ignored the sad parts and tried to turn a life threatening situation into a comedy? We would not have been able to connect because whether it is a situation we had personally gone through or not there would have been no truth behind the thoughts and feelings of the characters. Carrie Ann Ryan pulled it all together seamlessly, she gives use peek int o the hard reality of life with cancer, the desire to be strong when you are at your weakest, the fear that you won't make it, and the belief that you can and must. I loved how we were able to see these feelings from all sides, from Murphy as he personally battles, from Tessa as she stands beside him, loving him and fearing that if she loves him she may lose him but that if she doesn't she will lose everything. From the family who have been here with him before and know the roles they need to play but are terrified that this will be the time where treatment doesn't work. At the base of Hope Restored is a beautiful story that I believe Carrie Ann wrote in a desire to give us all a sense of hope, whether it is to fight an immense battle or just the hope and courage to smile on a Monday, or if you are me, Tuesday. Seriously Tuesday's are the worst, except for the book releases, ha.
Of course there is more to the book than a lesson in hope, there is the relationship between Tessa and Murphy, which is honestly so adorable, they have that easy going ability that allows them to joke and be silly all while being completely open and honest with one another. They are so SO swoon-worthy, hellooooooo there Mr. Murphy. You know how these Gallagher boys are and Murphy WILL NOT disappoint. There is the little bit of suspense that you have come to know and love in a Carrie Ann Ryan book. I will say that I caught on fairly quickly to the idea of what was happening but once we get down into the nitty gritty of it all it is still pretty shocking. I loved the growth of Tessa the most. While Murphy's battle is the central role in the book he knows deep down who he is. Tessa on the other hand is still unsure of herself and of how to move on from her past, leaving behind years of regret and pain. Tessa's character development is powerful. Watching her realize certain things about her life as she goes through this struggle with Murphy is a reminder that it is never too late to discover who you are and be who you were always meant to be.
Hope Restored is hands down my favorite Gallagher story, I think most people will be hard pressed not to find that as their outcome as well after reading it. It is a moving story of love and hope with all the trademark sexiness and suspense that you want from a Carrie Ann Ryan book.
~ HAPPY READING ~
About Carrie Ann Ryan:
Carrie Ann Ryan is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary and paranormal romance. Her works include the Montgomery Ink, Redwood Pack, Talon Pack, and Gallagher Brothers series, which have sold over 2.0 million books worldwide. She started writing while in graduate school for her advanced degree in chemistry and hasn’t stopped since. Carrie Ann has written over fifty novels and novellas with more in the works. When she’s not writing about bearded tattooed men or alpha wolves that need to find their mates, she’s reading as much as she can and exploring the world of baking and gourmet cooking.