by Catherine Palmer

May 2006
ISBN: 0-373-78560-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Steeple Hill
Trade Paperback

Beth Lowell has just learned the man whom she thought was her father isnít. She discovered a box in the closet of her motherís house with her name on it. Inside was a beautiful tea set. At first, Jan, Bethís mother denies what Beth confronts her with, but then she does admit that yes, Beth does have a different birth father.

Jan is forced to look back on her life because of the discovery of the tea set. She never had an adventurous bone in her body. She always played it safe, she didnít want to travel, and she was content to stay in her home town. Maybe if she had some spunk when she was younger and had traveled to the Himalayan foothills with Bethís real father, maybe she would not feel so alone now.

Beth starts on her adventure to track down her father. She is on her way to the Himalayan foothills. While on the plane, she meets a British businessman, she starts telling him her story, and it just so happens he works for the same tea farm as her father! He evens knows this man, but he keeps that information to himself. Beth needs to learn about her father on her own. They are attracted to each other, but are afraid of committing themselves into a long distance relationship.

Beth and Jan both are on journeys, which may lead them back to each other, with a better understanding of themselves.

This was a wonderful story by a very gifted author. I had great respect for both Beth and Jan; Beth for wanting to know her father, Jan for trying to understand her past and to make Bethís future better. You will not be disappointed with Leaves of Hope.

Reviewed in July 2006 by Pat.

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