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Publisher's 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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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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Don't forget the tissues.

Ugly cry doesn't even begin to describe how emotional this book is. My heart broke for Marlee as she struggled to cope with the loss of Bentley and Hope. The raw pain she felt after the accident bled through HJ Bellus's words. I listened to this audiobook while at work and I could feel every ounce of emotion through Lacy Laurel's wonderful narration. Lacy did an amazing job at narrating Marlee's story and giving each of these lovable characters their own unique sound. I had to wait a few days after finishing this audiobook before writing my review to digest my feelings towards this book and I've come to a conclusion. This story is heartfelt and real. It made me laugh and more times than I could count. Simply put, this story is absolutely magnificent.

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Beautifully Written Heartbreaking Book!

If you could sum up The Flight of Hope in three words, what would they be?

Heartbreaking, Beautiful, Amazing

What other book might you compare The Flight of Hope to and why?

I don't think I've listened to anything or even read anything close to comparison with The Flight of Hope!

Which character – as performed by Lacy Laurel – was your favorite?

Marlee definitely.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Gosh there were a lot of moving parts! I think when Marlee found out she was pregnant with both Hope and Quinn.

Any additional comments?

This book was absolutely amazing!

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An emotional journey

If you could sum up The Flight of Hope in three words, what would they be?

Find strength within

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Flight of Hope?

Marlee meeting Jed, Caleb and Fender was the most memorable moment for me

What about Lacy Laurel’s performance did you like?

I feel that Lacy Laurel did an amazing job of expressing emotion throughout the story without overplaying it. She kept it believable from start to finish.When Lacy was speaking as different characters it was easily recognisable whom she was speaking as and she managed to do this without interrupting the flow of the story.

Who was the most memorable character of The Flight of Hope and why?

Marnee, as the main character whom this story revolves around was memorable for her stength.

Any additional comments?

. This book is an emotional journey told in a way that shows the positives and negatives of a life lived with love and loss and finding a reason to work through the pain of loss in order to feel alive again.H J Bellus really has a grasp on love and loss and shows great insight into both. The story is told through the eyes of Marlee and her experiences of deep enduring love, and devastating pain of loss and the path to being able to function again.
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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  • Sara
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More than a tear jerker!

So I’ve been hearing about The Flight of Hope and knew it was going to be a book that would tear me up. Ha! This book was more than I expected, I’m not sure anyone can prepare themselves for the heartbreak that this book will give you. It’s nearly beyond an ugly cry book!! Birdie, or Marlee, had the perfect life. If we could go through and pick someone’s life, I would choose hers. She had the love of her family and the love of her man, Bently. Everyone had Birdie on a pedestal. She was happy, they were happy, life was happy. It doesn’t stay though. I can’t get into this book again; I can’t handle falling apart again.

H.J. Bellus wrote the most amazing book! It has everything you want in a tear jerker! Bellus wrote an emotional story that will suck you in. You won’t be able to read this book and just go to the next. You are going to have to think on it… think on Birdie and her life. It’s an ultra book hanger!! I do not have the words to properly say how amazing this story is! Bellus writes this breath-taking story. It will make you think about life, it will make you value all those little moments in life that make you really feel alive.

Lacy Laurel was a magnificent narrator! I’ve never heard someone capture the emotions of her characters as well as Laurel did in this book. It was emotional and captivating, and Laurel’s performance was spot on! I’m not sure I’ve ever cried as much through a book as I have with this on, and I’ve read a ton of Nicolas Sparks (King of the tear jerkers!!). If you want to feel like you are a part of this story, I can’t recommend the audio more!

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I loved this.

Where does The Flight of Hope rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

This was my top reading/listening for 2017

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I knew going into this audio book that it was going to be a great book, I have read the book, but listening to it took it to a whole nother level. they say that love only comes around once in a lifetime. when you have the love of a lifetime it's hard when it gets taken away. Marley had that love and to find it twice was rare. it's not very often that I cry but this book had all the emotions for me. LOVED it

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Amazing!

I don't think I've ever cried so much from a book in my life. The writing was amazing for this story - there were so many emotions all throughout this book. Devastation, despair, hope, love, joy and sadness. Narration was fantastic. This was super emotional but loved the story. Highly recommend!!!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it

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Wow.

This book...... lifted me high slammed me hard, lifting me again even higher to drop kick my heart again... all in a good way! It’s a tear jerker, with all the jokes throughout to make you choke on your snotty sobs. Lol
And Lacy Laurel does an amazing job with all the voices and accents.

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So Emotional

If you don't like spoilers Then don't read past the third paragraph of this review.

This book broke my heart put it back together then broke it again! The story is so very emotional it drew me in and gripped me. I just had to keep listening I just had to go on Marlee's journey with her.

Marlee (Birdy) to her family has always been spoilt, not in a nasty way, she was just so very loved by her parents, her grandfather and her best friend Bentley, she got everything she wanted, Bentley Foster being what she wanted most of all. From childhood they were best friends, they knew they would be together. The one thing they both wanted more than anything else was to have a child and after trying for long time Marlee becomes pregnant her world is complete, the only thing she needs now is for Bentley to come home from his deployment. Before she can tell him he is severely injured, he lives and comes home to recover.

Then Marlee's world is shattered, she not only loses Bentley but she loses Hope her unborn child. How can she survive? How can life go on without the other half of herself?

At this point in the story I was so upset, the writing style of H J Bellus, a new author for me was so good it pulled at my heartstrings I was hooked from the opening lines and I fell in love with Bentley, he and Birdy were so perfect together. I absolutely adored their wedding and their vow renewal. Add to this the beautiful narration by Lacy Laurel and I couldn't stop crying.

A heartbroken Marlee leaves behind her loving family and with only Guy, her dog, goes away and dives into a bottle she can't face life without Bentley. Then in the way life has of throwing the unexpected at you she meets Jed, he is a country singing star, he's a single father to Fender, an adorable little boy who is his world. Jed is home staying with his twin brother Cody and his parents at a town in a remote area where Marley is staying. He and Marlee meet and slowly Jed's friendship pulls Marlee out of the bottle and back into the world of the living.

Their relationship deepens Jed tells Marlee that he has cancer and is going to have treatment. He doesn't know if it will work but he wants Marlee to be part of whatever life he has. I cried again but then I was happy, Jed and Marlee build a beautiful life together only to loose it all.

To say this book is an emotional rollercoaster is an understatement. It is so beautifully written and even though I cried so much it hurt and left me feeling drained I just couldn't stop listening to this wonderfully moving story.

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Epic Story!

Oh my gosh! This story took my heart out of my chest! Every time I heard Jed Bryant’s name, it reminded me of my favorite country singer Luke Bryan. Lacy Laurel was just fantastic! She had me in tears. This one is EPIC!