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Book Review- Abiding Hope


This is the fourth and final book in the Healing Ruby Series by Jennifer H Westall.

At first, I was a bit disappointed in the fact that this book is not yet available on audio (as the first three are–and that’s how I was able to experience them–and tremendously enjoyed each one!)

From Amazon:

For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.”

After three years of bloodshed in the jungles of the Philippines, guerrilla leader, Matthew Doyle, finds himself on the brink of freedom. The Americans are coming, bringing with them the promise of an end to the terror inflicted by the Japanese army on his mind, body, and soul.

For those same three years, Ruby, now known as Grace Doyle, has continued to live in the hope that her husband will one day return to her. She prays for the day they can live together as a family, even as she accepts God’s call that she must face the murder conviction still hanging over her head.

Reunited on American soil, Matthew and Ruby face the ultimate test of their faith in God and in each other. Can they overcome the horror that so cruelly separated them and find peace? Or will their past finally catch up with them?

Abiding Hope is the fourth and final installment of the beloved Healing Ruby series by Jennifer H. Westall.

You can buy it here

jenniferwestallAbout the author:

Jennifer Westall is the author of the beloved Healing Ruby series, an enduring love story spanning the Great Depression and World War II. She’s also the author of Love’s Providence (2012), a contemporary Christian romance novel that navigates the minefield of dating and temptation. Over her short publishing career, she has moved quite a bit and looks forward to one day settling down with her husband and two boys. She homeschools by day and writes by night, thus explaining those pesky bags under her eyes. Readers can connect with her at or find her on Facebook and Twitter.


A few thoughts:

This was the satisfying conclusion to this very captivating series. I wanted to know how Ruby’s and Matthew’s stories ended, so knew I had to read it. It is always rather bittersweet to reach the end of a series that I’ve enjoyed so tremendously. So in that sense, I didn’t really want to read it at all, because I didn’t want it to end!

Ruby finally stops running and faces up to everything. Things don’t all just get tied up neat and tidy. There is depth. Pain. Character building. And so much more in this book.

Another very well written, suspenseful, full of depth and feeling, book. This author has so much talent, I can’t wait to read more from her!

I don’t want to give spoilers, so I’ll just say READ THE BOOK! 🙂 And if you haven’t read any of them, be sure and start at the very beginning with Healing Ruby. The audio versions are excellent, but I’m sure reading the pages would also be satisfying.

I was quite privileged-this generous author shared the audio versions with me. I am always so blessed by authors who are willing to do this! It is quite a blessing. I was more than willing to buy this book after so thoroughly enjoying the others! (which I’m sure was her intent all along. 🙂 )

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