Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
The Hope Mother by Judy Scognamillo is an unusual and unconventional story with a spiritual vibe. Pam realizes that life does not end with death. She finds herself in a place which borders Heaven after her death. There she meets Fara, her guide, who tells her that before she moves forward into Heaven, they need to view her earthly life completely. Here Pam is informed that she is a Hope Mother, a woman who has lost her baby before it was born. These babies are termed Angel Babies and are allowed to be born again to complete their earthly journey. The book gives an uplifting outlook on the afterlife and gives readers who have lost a loved one a sense of hope and comfort.
I enjoyed the book thoroughly. The plot is original and positive, and weaves hope through the minds of readers. The story has many dimensions and keeps readers engrossed until the very end. The characters are well sketched and the fight between good and evil also forms an integral part of the story. The narration is descriptive and detailed, and it's a book for those who believe in Heaven and the afterlife. The presence of Angels in the story is peaceful and comforting. The presence of God, Hope Mother, Angel Babies, our undying soul and the deceptiveness of the Devil are themes that have been handled well as the story progresses. The book is an excellent read and will fascinate even those readers who are not religious.