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The Flight of Hope

By: HJ Bellus
Narrated by: Lacy Laurel
Length: 8 hrs and 26 mins
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Summary

A tragic accident. A mother in mourning. Can a second chance rise from the wreckage? 

Marlee Foster’s life was just getting started. She couldn’t wait for the return of her husband from deployment. After all, he’d be there just in time for the birth of their daughter. The welcome home party is full of joy, but on the way home, tragedy strikes…

When Marlee loses her husband and daughter, her friends and family do their best to heal her broken heart. But painful reminders of a future she’ll never see haunt her every day in the small town. Her only hope at a second chance is to leave it all behind…

As she sets out on a soul-searching adventure, the mourning widow wonders if the wilderness will give her hope for a brighter future or if she’ll forever be chained to a devastating past. During her journey, Marlee is about to learn that love has a funny way of coming back to those who need it the most…

The Flight of Hope is a heart-wrenching contemporary romance in the vein of Nicholas Sparks. If you like emotional journeys, strong-willed heroines, and second chance romances, then you’ll love HJ Bellus’ touching tale. 

Buy The Flight of Hope to settle in with a tear-jerker today!

©2017 HJ Bellus (P)2017 HJ Bellus

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Emotional Rollercoaster

I absolutely loved this book!
The story was a heart wrenching bittersweet love story.
I loved the characters HJ Bellus created, they were real people with substance, beautiful people whom Lacy Laurel brought to life and made each personality shine through. This book and this narrator were so in cinque!
The story was real, I lived it with every word and felt every joy and sadness.
Definitely a must to add to your list!

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Cried like a baby!!

HJ Bellus is the only author or make me cry like a baby. So good! Lacy Laurel does a fantastic job- she is a favorite of mine! Recommend this book to anyone that loves the emotional Rollercoaster.

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A MUST READ for all hopeless romantics!

I love HJ Bellus's writing and her stories, this one did not disappoint in fact it's my favourite so far and one of my top listens this year! It follows the life of Marlee and the loves of her life, without spoilers she has a lot of joy and a lot of heartbreak but you can't help but feel happy for her in the end. Marlee got to experience the wonders of a deep and meaningful love and you get to journey with her through this which is written so beautifully by HJ Bellus and described so incredibly by Lacy Laurel who does an amazing job of helping you feel the ups and downs of Marlee's emotions. I can't put into words how wonderful this story is even though I sobbed harder than I can remember before! This is a must read for all diehard romance listeners! #AudiobookObsession

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Beautiful story of hope!

I had listened to another of HJ Bellus emotional rollercoaster story. I was ready and packed with some tissues. I so enjoyed the story of Marlee, while listening to her joy in high-school with Bentley, her wedding and then her terrible loss.
I felt her pain and her despair. Then her journey to recovery with Jed. I love second chances, this one didn’t disappoint.
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Omg

This is a story of heartbreak and second chances. Wow. Loved it would love to read more about the Bryant family

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So sad and beautiful

I cried my eyes out and I loved it. Maybe some would say it’s sappy but I like sappy. It’s not happy ending but it’s still happy ending (Confused...read and it will be clear)
For me this story is about taking chances even when things are not guaranteed to be perfect. That’s what life’s about.

The characters is developed in to realistic personalities that I definitely can relate to.
No unnecessary descriptions of surroundings
Good dialogues that has meaning (this whole story is very strong and meaningful)
Sweet love scenes and other sweet scenes that has my heart squeezing.

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Clear pronunciation and read with feelings so I enjoyed it very much

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Loving Again

This had me in all of my feelings. Being a military personnel and a former military wife. I knew the feelings Birdie was feeling. I remember sitting close to the tv to hear any reports about my spouse being deployed. The fact I was pregnant during his deployment. It brought all the memories back. I truly enjoyed this book. Narrator brought Birdies feelings to the forefront. This a must read.

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Living, Loving and New Beginnings!

Marlee and Bentley were friends as children, high school sweetheart and shared a love that knew no bounds. When Bentley returned home injured after his mission in the army the love between them was stronger than ever and they were happily expecting their daughter Hope. One night changed everything when an accident claimed both Bentley and Hope and Marlee was left devastated unable to face all the memories in her hometown, so she left.

She ends up in a small town where all Marlee wanted to do was to use alcohol to numb her pain but when she meets the family that runs the local store, they help her to live again. Jed and his son Fender are dealing with their own trauma and Jed and Marlee help each other to heal. Marlee brings Jed hope and Jed shows Marlee that Bentley would want her to live and the relationship between them was both beautiful and heartbreaking.

This is an emotional story about living, loving and never giving up despite what life throws at you. It will make you laugh, it will make you cry but it will definitely make you feel. The narrator did a great job of bringing out all of the emotion of this story. I was given a copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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truer words were never spoken ...

the blurb on this books says "beautiful, ugly, passionate, gut-wrenching, and everything in between". Wow. Just wow. truer words were never spoken. This book makes you go through the wringer of all emotions. The author does prep you well in the blurb for this book. It IS beautiful, ugly, passionate and gut-wrenching. It is the best story and a story that will stay with you. The author and narrator combo made this listen everything. They balance each other well. The story just came to life.


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Amazing.. heart wrenching

HJ Bellus did a wonderful job with this story. This is a story of a love and loss, but it’s so much more! I felt everything right along with the characters. I laughed and cried multiple tiles while listening. The characters are so true to life and so relatable that you can put yourself in their shoes. This is one I will come back to because it was so good!

Lacy Laurel was a perfect choice for narrator! She did an amazing job with the characters!!

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  • Karen M.
  • 21-12-17

Tear Jerker

Marlee struggled to begin living again after the loss of her husband and unborn child. She deserved a happy ending, not more heartbreak. I enjoy romances that make me feel better at the end, not rip my heart out. It was a great story but I hated the ending. Lacy Laurel's performance as narrator was terrific as always.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This review is my honest opinion.

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  • Jenny B
  • 16-11-19

5 stars is not enough

5 stars doesn't even begin to justify how amazing this book is. This book is truly one of the most beautifully written books about love, death, healing and trying to live again. Marlee has the love of her life and everything is sunshine when tragedy strikes. Reading her plight left me happy, heartbroken (okay -- actually shattered) and then full of hope again.

Truly this book is an emotional roller coaster that left me red-eyed, emotionally raw and will absolutely stay in my heart forever.

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  • 🎧Mandy🎧 Sawyer 🎧Audiobook 🎧Obsession🎧 Reviewer🎧
  • 19-10-19

Just wow.....

This book absolutely destroyed me. The emotion that is in it is off the charts. I was not expecting the effect this storyline would have on me. Just wow...
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  • Trisha C.
  • 26-09-19

very Emotional



Have you ever read a story that has grasped you emotionally from the very beginning? This story just does that from the very first chapter. This is a story of a passionate forever love. Bentley is her everything, Marlee is his world..only to be shattered by losing everything that mattered.
HJ Bellus develops their story with such poignancy. Showing their love since 4th grade. thru their laughter and tears, heartbreak and love, joy and sadness. Showing how strong a woman Marlee becomes though all her love , support of others and facing grief. Be prepared for tissues, an emotional rollercoaster ride. very well written story. Lacy Laurel narration is so soft, smooth and portrays all the emotions in this story.
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  • Ashley Hedden
  • 27-08-19

Great Read

The Flight of Hope was a great read by H.J. Bellus. Marlee had everything that she ever wanted; she was married to her best friend and was expecting their daughter. He returned from deployment and they were about to welcome their daughter when tragedy struck on their way home from a welcome home party. Marlee lost her husband and daughter in one moment. She tried to heal her broken heart at home but needed to go on an adventure to find herself again. Little did she know that love has a funny way of showing back up when you least expect it. She met Jed and although she didn’t want to find love, she knew that is what she had with Jed. I loved Marlee and Jed’s story even though it ripped my heart out. I can’t wait to read more by H.J. Bellus. Lacy Laurel did an amazing job narrating the book and making you fall in love with the characters. #AudiobookObsessionReviewer

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  • Erin Lewis
  • 29-07-19

So emotional

I knew this was going to be an emotional roller coaster of a read and listening to narrator Lacy Laurel I was impressed with the angst and emotion portrayed.

I’m not sure what to say about this book. How much pain, suffering, loss and death can someone take? Marlee Foster is a woman who has lost so much and is barely living life. Shattered by so much loss she doesn’t know how much more she can take.

The pain and suffering experienced by Marlee was palpable as narrator Lacy Laurel read this story and my heart just about broke for her.

As Marlee struggles to live one day at a time, faced with constant reminders of all she has lost, she knows she has to leave.
 
From start to finish this was an emotional journey about surviving tremendous loss, courage and a determination and strength of will that was inspiring.
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  • Heather Swan
  • 11-06-19

Listen to the signs! and have tissues!!!

I am so glad I listened to this wonderfully amazing audiobook. It pulled on my heartstrings from the beginning. After losing her whole hearts in an awful accident, Marlee is able to find love again. She just had to follow the signs her first love was sending her from above. not many can say they have had true love twice. Bentley was her first true love but Jed was her final true love. they fell in love when they both most needed it. what an amazing life they had. The narration was perfect! This is a must listen to in my opinion!!!

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  • Brandi-Lets Read Romance
  • 11-04-18

True love happens

3.5 Stars

I actually enjoyed this book. I was nervous going in, wasn't sure what to expect (no, I didn't read the blurb, just trusted a friend when she said I had to read it).

Marlee has been through so much. We know that from just the prologue. But what she continues to endure and what she goes through to find her happiness is impressive.

Marlee and Bentley have a storybook romance. Falling in love as children, they know they will always be together. That's just how it will always be.
Until one night when the world basically implodes and Marlee is left to scrape together some semblance of a life.

The first half of this book is fantastic. Honestly, I felt the love and the life that Bentley and Marlee were building. I believed they would be together forever (except, I knew better because everyone said I would cry).
It's the second half of Marlee's life that baffles me. It's not that it isn't believable, but it feel rushed. It feels like she just wakes up and decides to be better and BOOM, she's better. I mean, maybe grief works that way. Maybe drowning your sorrows in a bottle is easily fixed. I don't know, I haven't lived it.

I feel as if HJ Bellus could have continued to build this second chance. I don't think anyone would have been sad to read more about Marlee and Jed and Caleb and Fender. NO ONE. In fact, I wish we weren't missing all of that in between time (read it and you'll know what I'm talking about). I want all of those stories. Give me more build-up. I'm gonna need more than a few signs from above that this is how it's supposed to be.

Anyway, all I'm saying is I wish the same amount of time that was spent on Marlee's relationship with Bentley was spent on Marlee's life after (again, I will not be super spoilery, so read the damn book).

I will say that HJ Bellus pulled a tear out of me. I wasn't sobbing or anything. I mean it quite literally. ONE SINGLE TEAR.
If she had built on that "after" for Marlee, I would have shed more. For sure.

*I listened to this book and enjoyed Lacy Laurel's narration. She did a great job of giving each character a voice and I was never confused as to who was speaking.

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  • Lilly's Book World
  • 12-02-18

I cried

This is one emotional book, from start to end and it kept me listening until the end. Marlee’s life has known happiness for a short while only, but then everything shifts. She has married her first boyfriend and childhood best friend. Their relationship has been perfect!

I would talk about the story, but the focus is on Marlee’s life and how she faced all the challenges she encountered. She faced the loss of her first child and has prepared herself mentally for never having a child. However, when this happens, tragedy also comes and takes away her most treasured possessions. And then she collapses. We see a person fighting alcohol, fighting life and finally, trying to start over. She sees the world with different eyes. When she meets Jed and his family, her mentality is completely different. She starts to enjoy different things and remembers as well her passion.

She knows that time is now precious and will make the most of it with her new family, always keeping close to her heart the memory of her loved ones. I see “The Flight of Hope” as a story about never giving up on living, facing the pain and having the courage to love again. The writing is beautiful and the characters as well developed. The author has done a great job presenting Marlee’s turmoil and pain, but as well her battle with alcohol and with her suicidal tendencies.

The narration was also great. Whenever I listened to books narrated by Lacy Laurel, I always heard certain inflation or a rounded intonation if I put it like that. But in this story, she really did an amazing job. I wonder if she cried when reading this book J Her interpretation of male characters is great as always.

So this is definitely a great book, although I would not recommend it to people suffering from depression or anxiety, as this will probably accentuate them. I loved every page, I cried and learned to laugh again together with the main character. I hope you will enjoy it too! Five stars, no doubt!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Lacy Laurel. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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  • BookAddict'sReviews
  • 22-01-18

Emotional Roller Coaster

HJ Bellus is a great writer! This story was absolutely beautiful and super romantic. I fell in love with these characters and wanted to know how everything would turn out from the beginning. I was so heartbroken in parts due to things being extremely sad, but it was worth the emotional roller coaster! The characters and plot are written excellently. I would highly recommend and I will certainly read more by Bellus in the future! I give it a 5/5!

Laurel is also a great narrator. She pairs well with this novel. Her character expressions are different and interesting. I was able to figure out who was speaking and not get confused. She also has great expression in her voice. I could honestly picture the characters better than if I had read this by listening to her. Audio was clear as well! I give it a 5/5!