Newport Ladies Book Club: Shannon’s Hope by Josi S. Kilpack

August 2, 2013 | 4 Comments
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Newport Ladies Book Club: Shannon’s Hope by Josi S. KilpackShannon's Hope
Author: Josi S. Kilpack
Series: Newport Ladies Book Club #5
Genres: Women's Fiction
Format: eBook, Print
Pages: 224
Date: July 1, 2013
Publisher: Covenant

Shannon’s troubled stepdaughter has been missing for two weeks. When Keisha finally calls, Shannon doesn’t hesitate to welcome her into her home despite her husband, John’s, misgivings.

As a pharmacist, Shannon has always taken an analytical view of Keisha’s addiction problems and feels that treating her underlying depression and providing a support system can break the bonds that have taken over her life. When Keisha first begins breaking the rules, Shannon worries John will kick Keisha out and send her back to her druggie friends. Shannon commits to being even more diligent in helping Keisha.

As more of her energy goes toward Keisha, a distance emerges between Shannon, her husband, and their twelve-year-old son, Landon. Shannon finds it easy to justify her own behavior as unconditional love, but as Keisha’s stumblings become dramatic falls, Shannon realizes this is no longer just about Keisha.

Shannon finds herself facing the reality that addiction comes in many forms. Can she shift her perspective from Keisha’s future, which was never hers to control, to her own? Can she keep from spiraling into a pattern of obsessive rescuing and find the strength to repair her own fractured relationships before she drives her husband and son away for good?


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About Josi S. Kilpack

Josi S. Kilpack began writing her first novel in 1998 and never stopped. She is best known for her popular Sadie Hoffmiller Culinary Mystery Series. She also writes Romance and Women’s Fiction and is one of the authors of the Newport Ladies Book Club Series.

4 responses to “Newport Ladies Book Club: Shannon’s Hope by Josi S. Kilpack

  1. Touching!

    This book will bring out a lot of emotions within its readers…
    Maybe empathy.
    Maybe anger.
    Maybe hope.
    Maybe healing.

    Each one of us knows an addict…it is all around us.
    So many pains, so many ways to handle it, and sometime people make a wrong choice….
    We must be willing to TALK about it…

    Shannon’s stepdaughter, Keisha, is an addict and has come to live with Shannon’s family.
    Shannon desperately wants to help her.
    But is she helping or enabling?
    The women from the Newport Ladies Book Club help Shannon see some revealing truths about herself and her situation.

    I found this book to be very fascinating!

  2. Gayle Humpherys

    It’s been a while since I read the first four books in the Newport Ladies Book Club, and I loved getting back into the series! These books are not light, happy reads. They deal with tough situations and very real emotions. This book faces the problem of addiction and especially how it affects those who love and are trying to help the addict. Very heart wrenching! I found myself getting so angry with Shannon at times and wondered how she could not see the manipulation, but at the same time, I think what she felt and went through was probably very realistic. I appreciated what the author said in the acknowledgments: “There is a fine line between hope and hopelessness sometimes; between love and self-preservation; between kindness and enabling.” A very touching story – now I’m anxious to read the rest!

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