Jacob Wild learned way too young that love only leads to pain and loss in The Son and His Hope.He watched his father slowly die and then had to watch Hollywood make a movie about his parent’s romance. So he had no interest in getting close to anyone, including Hope Jacinta Murphy, the daughter of the actor who played his father in the movie. Hope is fascinated by death after her mother committed suicide, but she’s even more fascinated by Jacob, a boy who has everything she’s always wanted. A place to settle down, with lots of family around and horses to ride. Hope wants to be Jacob’s friend and through many years of visiting the farm where he lives, she keeps trying even though he keeps pushing her away. As she gets older, she wants even more, but tragedy will once again haunt Jacob’s life and change everything. Is there any chance at all for Jacob and Hope?
Once again, Pepper Winters managed to gut me with one of her stories. I laughed, I sobbed and had my heart broken all over again. Poor Jacob was too young to be keeping the promises Ren asked him to make. And Della never got him the help he really needed to deal with his grief. So in some ways, Ren and Della failed their son. Hope recognizes a lot of that in him. She understands why he pushes everyone away and thinks she can eventually get through to him. But it won’t be as easy as she thinks it will be and it brings her a lot of heartbreak as well. None of these books are for the faint of heart. It’s going to drag up a lot of your own issues with loss. I’m still angry about what happens in this book, but I do love Jacob and Hope and maybe someday we’ll read about their children too.