I had the pleasure of reading Kaki Warner's Miracle in New Hope in November of last year and it stuck with me. I am so happy that I stumbled upon Kaki's books. I am totally in love with them all. Kaki writes from the heart and isn't afraid to make her characters face their emotions and for that the reader comes out winning when they read Ms. Warner's books.
Hello and Merry Christmas!
Ever since my novella, MIRACLE IN NEW HOPE, came out last Christmas, people have asked what inspired me to write a western historical with a paranormal twist.
Years ago, I read a short story about two people penned in a collapsed building. Being somewhat claustrophobic, I wondered how I would cope with being trapped in the dark, unable to move and barely able to breathe. Would I give in to the fear, or would my mind create a way out of the nightmare…a pathway to hope?
Meet Daniel Hobart, a gifted carpenter with a scarred face and an empty heart. Haunted by the past, he lives a reclusive life in the Colorado Rockies…until a week before Christmas, when an avalanche levels the store where he’s buying supplies. Buried alive, running out of air, his mind spiraling into choking terror, he’s about to give up when out of the icy blackness comes a child’s cry.
But there is no child.
His imagination? The ghost of his lost son? Proof that he’s losing his mind?
After rescue, Daniel suffers through a series of unexplainable events that leave him so shaken he sets out on a hazardous quest to learn the truth about a lost little girl, a grieving widow, and his own sanity.
What he discovers, instead, is that in the season for miracles, love is the greatest of miracle of them all.
Here is my review of Kaki Warner's MIRACLE IN NEW HOPE
Widower, Daniel Hobart has taken up residence in New Hope. He leads a solitary life and because half his face is marred by scars, he believes that the townspeople dislike him and they avoid him. Several years ago he lost his wife and young son, and carries the guilt of not being able to save them deep within himself.
When a snow slide slams through the general store he is at, Daniel is trapped under six feet of snow, with little air to breathe. When he calls out for help, he is answered by the voice of a child, a young girl. Daniel believes the young girl is trapped as well, but when he is finally rescued and inquires about the child, he is told there was no one else trapped. Daniel begins to hear the young girl’s voice imploring him to help her and thinks he may be going crazy. Then at his cabin, he sees a young girl, with whom he speaks to. Her name is Hannah Ellis and she asks Daniel for help, but disappears before he is able.
Daniel goes back into town to inquire about this Hannah Ellis, and finds that she is the missing and presumed dead little girl of young widow, Lacy Ellis. Hannah disappeared while on a trip to another town and was believed to have perished in the cold. Lacy Ellis, after almost a year of searching has just about lost hope until she hears Daniel's story. When Daniel says he is going to try and find Hannah, Lacy and her skeptical brothers join in the search.
Although Miracle in New Hope is a novella, it is a complete and compelling read that I enjoyed immensely. Kaki Warner has brought two damaged people from different walks of life together to achieve the same goal. Daniel is scarred on both the inside and out, but he is a good man just trying to get by. Lacy has lost so much and even though she has the help of her well-meaning brothers, she still needs understanding. This novella is one of persistence and hope and I cannot wait to read more by Kaki Warner, as she is one of my favorite Western authors.