Book Review: Wings of Hope by Hillary E. Peak

The Solitary Bookworm & Enchanted Book Promotions presents Wings of Hope by Hillary E. Peak

Title: Wings of Hope
Author: Hillary E. Peak
Pages: 226
Publisher: Createspace
ISBN: 146631219X
Source: Enchanted Book Promotions

The bond of a father and daughter is special. When Jules father asks her to come be stay with him because he’s terminally ill, she goes for the remarkable opportunity to really know her father. She never dreamed he had liberated a concentration camp, dealt cards to Bugsy Siegel or saved the life of a Black Panther. Wings of Hope takes you on a road trip through the memories of a man making peace with his life through his conversations with his daughter. Teaching her that death is sometimes the most heartbreakingly beautiful part of life. Hope is the last gift of a father to his daughter–the power to reach for her dreams.


It’s devastating to lose a family member but it’s even more devastating to lose a family member without having the chance to be with them until the very end which is why when Jules received a letter from her family informing her of the inevitable, she immediately knew what she needed to do. Jules left everything in San Fransisco and went to New York to be with her dad in spite knowing that one of these days she needs to accept the fact that her dad is dying and will eventually need to let go.

Wings of Hope is a very emotional journey for me. For one, I crave that reconnection between a father and a daughter that I seem to lack due to a falling out with my old man a few years ago. It tugged that emptiness space in my soul but there are things that are left the way they are for some reason. Wings of Hope is a great example of a story that captivated a bond between a parent and child. I really connected with the characters and Wings of Hope and it was a surreal journey where I feel the characters love, happiness, grief and that feeling of closure. The only issue I have with Wings of Hope is Jules’ romantic connection with Jacques. I felt that it wasn’t necessary in the novel which is why I didn’t really “believe” the relationship. It was like Jacques was included just so Wings of Hope will have that romantic aspect – the story is an enjoyable read even without the Jules-Jacques mix. If you are a very emotional reader like me, be sure that you have tissue ready for those tearjerking moments in Wings of Hope.


Gingerly, without spilling my tea or setting it down, I reached over and pulled the envelope from the stack.  I tried to open it without letting go of my tea, but that proved impossible.  Setting the tea down, I ran my finger along the edge and pulled out the letter within.


I’ve had some bad news–it seems I have an inoperable brain tumor.  I’ve been seeing six specialists.  They all had the same thing to say, “You’re dying.”  So, it seems I’m dying.  They are saying I have three months to live.

This is hard for me to ask, but I would like you to come and stay with me to the end.  There are things I’ve always wanted to tell, but never got around to it.  Seems if I don’t do it now, I’m never going to have the chance.   I’ve spent a lifetime trying to make my mark on the world, but as I look back now, I missed out on you.

I know it is a lot to ask, but please, come.

Love, Dad

My hands began to tremble; my chest tightened.  Dying?  That couldn’t be right.


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Hillary Peak is a recovering idealist. She became a lawyer to change the world and is still somewhat shocked that didn’t occur. Now, her goal is to retire from practicing law and write novels that people love. She is currently a practicing attorney in the District of Columbia. She lives with her family in Alexandria, VA.


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