Review: Elijah’s Hope by S. Doyle

Reviewed by Sara

Elijah and the men in management at the Dyson International oil rig in Hope’s Point, Alaska are lonely. So, they concoct a plan to have women flown up to them. The men place a Facebook Ad and pick from the women who respond to it. The women fly up to Hope’s Point and get to spend two weeks of no strings attached fun experiencing the beauty of Alaska. Elijah’s pick is Shelby, a wholesome, girl next door from Baton Rouge, LA. He’s immediately taken with her and her squeaky clean persona that’s so different from the women he grew up with while his mother stripped to make ends meet. Elijah has baggage.

Shelby is on the run from a tragic past. She’s hoping that fleeing to Alaska will jump start a change of life for her and put some distance between the people who hurt and used her. She never expected to fall for Elijah, but does so heart and soul. She knows that Elijah will hate her if he finds out the truth, but wants to spend a little more time with the man who makes her feel special.

Secrets are revealed and hearts are broken, but can they be mended and long held hurts healed? In a town called Hope’s Point anything seems to be possible.

I liked the premise for this book; sexy oil riggers, all alone and desperate for female companionship, putting out a call for ladies and the adventurous ladies who answer that call. Unfortunately, this book wasn’t really for me. I had a really hard time liking the Elijah or Shelby. Elijah’s character talks a big talk about respecting women, but has so much resentment for his mother that supported him through stripping and sexwork that he just comes across as disingenuous and two-faced. Shelby, on the other hand is written as the most stereotypical of Southerners. Her dialogue is so peppered with colloquialisms and sayings that I’m pretty sure I sprained something rolling my eyes. She’s written as a backwater hick and yet the author also has her using words like “somnolent.” She is saccharine sweet in the extreme, which I get is part of her character’s ruse, but it was too much for me.

The story itself is pretty straight forward with few surprises. I found the past that Shelby’s running from to be particularly heinous, especially considering how sweet the rest of the Elijah’s Hope is and I would have liked to have seen more of Elijah and Shelby’s reconciliation. I felt like S. Doyle tried to add some depth using Elijah’s nickname Angel and Shelby’s prayer for an angel to help her out of her situation and through some discussion on the merits of forgiveness, but these attempts fell flat for me.

Elijah’s Hope isn’t awful. It’s a great premise and is likely an excellent fit for other readers. It sadly, just didn’t do it for me.

Rating: C

*I received Elijah’s Hope from the author in return for an honest review.

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Elijah’s Hope
by S Doyle
Release Date: January 17, 2019

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