Rich in Hope is a beautiful story about the difficulties of remaining true to one s Christian values in 2014 when Christ is viewed as a negative word and Christians often view as intolerant.Main character, Jenny Harris, perfectly portrays the masochistic views of a society obsessed with external beauty and the lengths some will go in order to obtain this societal standard In her need to pursue the image ingrained in her by the objectification of women, she destroys what she believed was her o Rich in Hope is a beautiful story about the difficulties of remaining true to one s Christian values in 2014 when Christ is viewed as a negative word and Christians often view as intolerant.Main character, Jenny Harris, perfectly portrays the masochistic views of a society obsessed with external beauty and the lengths some will go in order to obtain this societal standard In her need to pursue the image ingrained in her by the objectification of women, she destroys what she believed was her only worth, her face.In true Christian fashion, Peterson introduces attractive wildlife photographer, Stephen Day, in Jenny s hour of need Though the initial relationship was based on a lie, Peterson shows that God does indeed work in mysterious ways These two broken people seek God and in so dong they find each other.A Christmas story of mistakes, deception and ultimately redemption, Peterson also tackles a subject that has been viewed for a long time as taboo In true gentlemanly style, Stephen insists on remaining intimately separate until after the vows before God This is a question seldom asked in today s society and certainly one that begs to be revived.The introduction of a blind child in desperate need of both Stephen and Jenny captivates the reader s imagination on what future situations will occur A particularly heartbreaking incident involving three classmates shows the propensity to turn into a bullying scenario when Jenny s maternal instincts kick in and the situation is handled with motherly finesse.This was a wholesome, Christian, family read for Christmas the written imagery is nothing short of delightful and the smell of pine in the air is almost too real This is a perfect book for a young lady coming of age in 2014 It teaches self worth, confidence and the ever so hard to obtain self confidence that will enable her to treat her body with the respect she deserves It also demonstrates that their are men out there who agree You must simply look for them and remain true to your heart.I won this book through a Goodreads Giveaway When beautiful underwear model, Jenny Harris, is scarred from a botched facial surgery she finds herself distraught and not in the Christmas spirit Her best friend, Katherine offers her brother, Stephen s, Florida waterfront home for a holiday sabbatical But Stephen returns home unexpectedly It seems the wild life photographer was somewhere he wasn t supposed to be, again, and his employer has grounded him While Jenny doesn t understand Stephen s lack of compassion for her situation, he doesn t understand her obsession about her looks When Jenny, in an attempt to help Stephen, announces to his boss that she s his fianc , a whirlwind fake courtship ensues But Jenny soon finds herself falling for the renegade photographer who d rather spend his time in the wilds of the jungle than in civilization Will Jenny s new perspective on life give her the hope she s been searching for, or will it only lead to broken dreams and a broken heart Jenny Harris is a fallen from beauty underwear model who wants to hide her botched facial surgery from the public eye When her best friend Katherine offers her brother s home as a temporary retreat, Jenny agrees, thinking he won t be there However, not too long after she arrives, Stephen returns and finds her in his house.Stephen has problems of his own his boss is upset because he s angered a client, and he needs to prove that he s settled down Jenny comes up with the perfect plan she introd Jenny Harris is a fallen from beauty underwear model who wants to hide her botched facial surgery from the public eye When her best friend Katherine offers her brother s home as a temporary retreat, Jenny agrees, thinking he won t be there However, not too long after she arrives, Stephen returns and finds her in his house.Stephen has problems of his own his boss is upset because he s angered a client, and he needs to prove that he s settled down Jenny comes up with the perfect plan she introduces herself as his fianc , thinking his boss will get over the issue This backfires, however, when Stephen s boss announces he s coming for a visit To complicate matters further, the woman who cares for his house must leave, and she needs Stephen and Jenny to take care of her blind daughter Through this experience, Stephen and Jenny grow closer to each other, and to God.I loved a lot of things about this story, but especially the way Jenny s superficial beauty was snatched from her, and she became humbled by Stephen s continual affirmation of her true beauty I also enjoyed sweet seven year old Phoebe, and the light she brought to Jenny s life by changing her perspective.A great theme in this story is the danger of living a double life The truth will either come out, or it will eat at the liar Jenny s spiritual growth is evident as she learns this hard lesson and overcomes her mistakes to find true love with Stephen It s a good reminder that it s never too late to do the right thing, and that sometimes when you do, things work out better than you ever thought they could Really enjoyed it, and can t wait for book three This is a wonderful sweet Christmas story full of hope Jenny comes into Stephen s life a broken woman with no hope at all Stephen has the ability to show her hope, but that doesn t mean it isn t a challenge for him The characters in this book all have challenges that they must overcome and need each other to accomplish that goal Lindi Peterson does a great job of bringing people from all walks of life together to help and to sharpen each other Great read I won this book as part of a Goodreads First Reads giveaway It took me awhile to get around to reading it but once I did I blazed through the story in about three hours It was a thoroughly enjoyable novel and I would definitely recommend it to a friend. This copy was given to me as a gift by the author Thank you so much The first meeting between Jenny and Stephen made me laugh, yet it was sweet I love how he didn t treat her differently after seeing the scars on her face In fact, he still finds her beautiful even though she doesn t believe itHe pushes off the door frame in a smooth move The beautiful Jenny Harris has come to visit He knows my name He starts a slow, lazy walk toward me Even my underwear, he says as he bends down to pi This copy was given to me as a gift by the author Thank you so much The first meeting between Jenny and Stephen made me laugh, yet it was sweet I love how he didn t treat her differently after seeing the scars on her face In fact, he still finds her beautiful even though she doesn t believe itHe pushes off the door frame in a smooth move The beautiful Jenny Harris has come to visit He knows my name He starts a slow, lazy walk toward me Even my underwear, he says as he bends down to pick up his black briefs, are so enad by her beauty, they literally fall at her feet Stephen was the best Hero He helps her see she is still beautiful even with the scars He also helps her realize her inner beauty It was beautiful watching Jenny start to love herself and find God I also loved the relationship between Jenny and Phoebe What a sweet little girl Phoebe was.Their relationship started as a deception but will they fall in love Will they find happiness together Sweet clean Christmas storyI really enjoyed reading this book It flowed so well and it kept me turning pages I Loved the hero Stephen He sounded so dreamy He seemed like a perfect gentleman The heroine was dealing with self image issues and Stephen always made her feel cherished. Good readBook was well written with lovable characters The storyline keeps you interested and has several twists and turns that are surprising I didn t want the book to end. Is a great book to read