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Hope and Glory

By: Jendella Benson
Narrated by: Kelechi Okafor
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Publisher's Summary

One of the year’s most anticipated by Marie Claire, Essence, Debutiful, & Goodreads

A brilliant debut by a British-Nigerian author—a heartfelt family drama that will delight book club listeners and fans of books like The Girl with the Louding Voice and Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows.

"Jendella Benson has drawn such a compelling world. The book and the characters stayed with me long after I'd turned the final pages!"—Candice Carty-Williams, bestselling author of Queenie

Glory Akindele returns to London from her seemingly glamorous life in LA to mourn the sudden death of her father, only to find her previously close family has fallen apart in her absence. Her brother, Victor, is in jail and won’t speak to her because she didn’t come home for his trial. Her older sister, Faith, once a busy career woman, appears to have lost her independence and ambition, and is instead channeling her energies into holding together a perfect suburban family. Worst of all, their mother, Celeste, is headed toward a breakdown after the death of her husband and the shame of her son’s incarceration.

Rather than returning to America, Glory decides to stay and try to bring them all together again. It’s a tall order given that Glory’s life isn’t exactly working out according to plan either, and she’s acutely aware that she’s not so sure who she is and what she wants.

A chance reunion with a man she’d known in her teens—the perceptive but elusive Julian—gives her the courage to start questioning why her respectable but obsessively private Nigerian immigrant family is the way it is. But then Glory’s questioning unearths a massive secret that shatters the family’s fragile peace—and she risks losing everyone she deeply cares about in her pursuit of the truth and a reunited family.

"Filled with unexpected, but earned, twists, Hope and Glory balances moments of rich humor and devastating profundity...deeply authentic."—Kirkus Reviews

"A sumptuous and satisfying meditation on family and the meaning of home.”—Publishers Weekly

©2022 Jendella Benson (P)2022 HarperCollins Publishers

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Great book, ending left me wanting more

Great story and performance all around. Very relatable themes around family, finding your purpose, relationships, etc. Not a big fan of the ending, it abruptly ended in a bit of an awkward place. But overall good book, would recommend!

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It was good book!

Loved the book and the narrator as well. I did not want the book to end.

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What happened to the end?

First off, this is my very first review (over 100 audible purchases). I loved the story but towards the end I feel the author just wanted to get it over with. The plot became choppy and shortened. And the very end was so disappointing. Like it had to be part of a sequel but so far it’s not. Or, maybe the author became bored?

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Very slow start

I found this book very difficult to get into. It was very boring for the first half at least. I would have just returned it, but I kept thinking it would get better. It eventually did, but I’m glad I didn’t pay full price for it.

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Aspiring tale of loss and love and Hope

I really enjoyed this book.
I would not listen twice.
I would consider listening to other reads by this author.
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loved this one!

Families are complicated and this novel is written in such a way to truly show those complications and nuances. I was quite impressed.

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Exceeded my expectations

Took a bit to get into them I was hooked. The narrator was excellent and the story both believable and interesting, the author kept them very interesting. Thanks to all who made this beautiful book happen.

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Great story and performance

Was looking for a new author / book and wasn't disappointed! Great story I could empathise with ; a credible MC (who's neck I constantly wanted to wring!) ; didn't like the abrupt ending though - only because it didn't fit into my dislike of 'unfinished' endings (this is supposed to be fiction, so stoeies should be neatly tied off, otherwise I'd read non-fiction!)
However, it does not detract from the story and I can't wait to see what is next. The narrator (Kelechi Okafor) did an amazing job. The accents and 'tone' were on point.