Quantcast

Book review: 'Shannon's Hope' an emotional story about love, addiction

Published: Saturday, Oct. 5 2013 5:00 a.m. MDT

Josi S. Kilpack's new book is Josi S. Kilpack's new book is "Shannon's Hope: A Newport Ladies Book Club Novel." (Provided by Covenant Communications)

"THE NEWPORT LADIES BOOK CLUB: Shannon's Hope," by Josi S. Kilpack, Covenant Communications, $15.99, 202 pages (f)

Shannon's number one priority is her family. So when she receives a phone call in the middle of the night from her missing, drug-addict stepdaughter, she is more than willing to take her in and prove that with enough love, she can help cure Keisha's addictions.

But Shannon's husband isn't so willing to trust Keisha, so he promises to kick her out the minute she breaks any of the rules he sets for her.

In Shannon's eyes, Keisha just needs enough love, patience and understanding to overcome her addictions. So when items start to go missing and Shannon suspects Keisha of drinking with her friends, she keeps it a secret and covers Keisha's tracks. But as the months go by, things start getting worse instead of better, and Shannon finds herself keeping more and more secrets from her husband and spending less and less time with her son.

"Shannon's Hope: A Newport Ladies Book Club Novel" is by Josi S. Kilpack. (Covenant Communications)

On top of her home stress, Shannon's aunt Ruby has talked her into joining her book club. For Shannon, who doesn't enjoy fiction reading, and has trouble socializing, participating feels like a dreaded chore. But as Shannon attends the book club, she finds her situation at home and her job as a pharmacist might be the key in helping her fellow book club members in some similar struggles.

But secret-keeping can only last so long, and Keisha's slipups are not only becoming more frequent, but more expensive. When Shannon's husband discovers the secrets, Shannon is forced to choose between fueling addiction and saving her family.

"Shannon's Hope" is surprisingly suspenseful and emotional, as Utah and Mormon author Josi Kilpack takes readers on a journey in two different kinds of addiction. Kilpack's writing style truly engages readers in Shannon's struggles and hopes in a way that creates a page-turning read.

Josi S. Kilpack's new book is Josi S. Kilpack's new book is "Shannon's Hope: A Newport Ladies Book Club Novel." (Provided by Covenant Communications)

Although "Shannon's Hope" contains drug-related scenes, they are not inappropriate

"Shannon's Hope" leads out the second set of books in the Newport Ladies Book Club parallel book series. Each book focuses on one member of the book club, shedding light into their personal life and challenges — with shared scenes that allow readers to visit the same interactions and moments from different perspectives. One member of the book club, Paige, is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Hikari Loftus is a graduate from the University of Utah.

Copyright 2015, Deseret News Publishing Company