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Her Hope Discovered

By Cynthia Herron


Charla Winthrop, a savvy business woman seeking a permanent lifestyle change in small-town Ruby, learns that things aren’t always what they appear when she takes up residence in a house steeped in charm and a hint of mystery.

Rumor has it that Sam Packard the town carpenter is her go-to guy for home remodeling, but can Charla convince him to help her—with no strings attached, of course? Alone far too long, Sam’s prayed that God would send him a wife and a mother for his daughters. However, the new Ruby resident is hardly what he imagined. A new place to call “home,” the possibility of what might be, and the answer to someone’s prayers unite this unlikely pair with the help of the town’s residents.

Nestled in the Ozarks’ hills and hollows is Ruby, Missouri, a quaint, cozy town where “neighbor” is merely another word for “friend.” Ruby will charm and delight as will her quirky, lovable characters who will steal your heart, but hand it right back—with whipped cream and a cherry on top. Savor your new friends’ sorrows and successes in the community where offbeat is perfect and mishaps and mayhem never tasted so good.

What others are saying...

“Gentle, warm, and wise, Her Hope Discovered, by Cynthia Herron, is a perfect afternoon read that will renew your faith in the healing power of love. The lovely descriptions of the Ozarks, an honorable, swoon-worthy hero, and two adorable little girls in search of a mama drew me in and kept me reading. Her Hope Discovered is a faith-filled debut perfect for readers of sweet, small-town romance.”
—Linda Goodnight, NY Times and USA Today Bestselling Author

“Acquainted with debut author Cynthia Herron through her inspiring monthly newsletters, I was delighted to find the same warmhearted, down-home charm in Her Hope Discovered. Welcome to Ruby, Missouri, a community of friendly, faith-filled characters who draw you in and invite you to stay awhile. I certainly hope I’ll be returning again soon!”
—Myra Johnson, award-winning author of the Flowers of Eden series

“Her Hope Discovered by Cynthia Herron is indeed a story of hope and discovery. Herron has created a cast of characters in the little town of Ruby readers will love getting to know. Ruby is a place where love can bloom and families can find happiness with a little help from the Lord. You’ll be glad you stopped in Ruby to visit awhile.”
—Ann H. Gabhart, bestselling author of Angel Sister and River to Redemption

“Escape to Ruby with Charla and enjoy a life that is slower and simpler in a place where new beginnings come complete with the perfect Stetson-clad neighbor and delicious pecan pie.”
—Patricia Beal, author of A Season to Dance

Book Takeaway:

Though life isn't always neat, pretty, and wrapped in a bow as we so desperately wish it were, often, God uses our worst to prepare us for His best.


Year Title Description
2016 American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Finalist
2020 Selah Award Double-Finalist Debut; Contemporary Romance
2020 Selah Award Winner Second Place; First Novel

Why the author wrote this book:

Because I grew up in Small-town, USA, I'm drawn to close-knit communities that offer just the right blend of nostalgia, humor, and homespun charm. Add to that my penchant for romance, conflict, and hope-filled endings, and HER HOPE DISCOVERED was born. It's the story that tugged my heartstrings, a story of second chances that became book one in my Welcome to Ruby series.


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