Daily Review: Chasing Hope by Dana Wayne
February 10, 2020
The characters of Max and Skylar are perfect for what they are: lost souls searching for love, wondering if it still exists.
Max Logan longs for the joys of home and family he missed growing up in foster care. He fills that emotional void by becoming a kick-ass Marine, and for eighteen years, led his band of brothers from one hell-hole to another. Until the one that nearly destroyed him.
Sixteen months of therapy and rehab put his body back together, but some wounds can’t be seen. Some can’t be healed.
Skylar Ward dreams of a life that includes someone beside her. Someone to share her life and be a father to her young daughter. But if she learned anything from her failed marriage it was that you don’t rush into a relationship. Only Max Logan sparks her interest. But the handsome, brooding war hero remains aloof.
Seven-year-old Maddie Ward overhears a neighbor tell her mom she needs a male companion and immediately decides Max will do just fine. He needs a family. They need him. She just has to figure out how to make that happen.
Can a precocious child be the catalyst that heals and brings them all together or will ashes of the past bury hope forever?
Readers’ Favorite Review
By Rabia Tanveer
Chasing Hope by Dana Wayne is the story of two lost souls who are trying to find a hold in this world, but they end up finding each other and themselves in the process. Max Logan joined the Marines and for 18 years he gave his best to his country. Things were going well, but one incident led to a chain of events that made him fall hard and get hurt more than just physically.
He always wanted a family, but it seems as if it is not in the cards for him. Enter his next-door neighbors Skylar and Maddie, a mother-daughter duo that barges into his life and they don’t seem to be leaving any time soon. They need him and he needs a family, but who will get Skylar and Max to see that they are perfect for each other?
Chasing Hope by Dana Wayne is my kind of romance, one with heavy chemistry between the two protagonists and a surprise element that brings the story together. I absolutely loved how the story developed, how it took flight and ended.
The characters were all amazing, but Maddie was my favorite. She was a breath of fresh air that kept the momentum going and ensured that everything came together in the end.
While Skylar had my sympathies, my heart belonged to Max who just tried so hard to move forward, survive but keep his heart intact. I enjoyed the fact that the author kept the themes of familial love along with romantic love.
The pace was fast, the love was simple yet energetic, and the dialogues were lively enough to make me want to know more about the characters. To say that I loved this novel is not enough!
Absolutely beautiful. It deserves these 5 stars.
By Galand Fox Nuchols
In her introduction to Chasing Hope, Ms. Wayne tells the reader that she wants to convey the effects of PTSD on a soldier.
She has accomplished this with an engaging cast of characters. The villain, unfortunately, is all too real. He lives in most communities and causes trouble wherever he goes.
Our hero is a soldier fighting the PTSD syndrome, a legacy of his time in the military.
His longtime enemy works at spreading lies about this soldier.
After reading this novel, Chasing Hope, I’m sure God can heal wounds through the touch of an innocent child’s hand.
This was a wonderful read and I can highly recommend it.
By Michael O
Above all else, Chasing Hope is a romance. That’s not a bad thing, but it is something a reader should know prior to reading. Dana Wayne is a very prolific romance novelist. This story adds yet another notch to her busy typewriter.
What’s unique about this romance, however, is that it takes on the issue of PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder) in a former Marine warrior. There are plenty of novels out there that show the impact of PTSD on a family, but how many of them show the potential pitfalls of PTSD in the budding romance of two lost souls?
This story is not about PTSD, but I commend the author with the delicate way she deals with it in the story. There are no blood-and-guts flashback scenes, but there’s enough information for the reader to glean a basic understanding of PTSD.
The Lost Souls of Chasing Hope:
The two adult protagonists are Max Logan and Skylar Ward. Max is a Marine veteran with combat experience. Skylar is a single mom and former nurse, divorced, and struggling to raise her seven-year-old daughter, Maddie. They are each lost in some way. The precocious Maddie is the conduit that connects them with the present. (And she does a fantastic job of it, by the way!)
The characters of Max and Skylar are perfect for what they are: lost souls. They each have ample skeletons in their proverbial closets. They are both multi-flawed, which is great for characters.
The setting for the story is a small Texas town during the holidays. I thought having most of the action take place between Thanksgiving and Christmas added a nice layer of “charm” to an otherwise very good story.
The remaining cast was also top-notch. The antagonists played off of each other nicely, in a nasty sort of way. (I considered PTSD to be an antagonist.). The other supporting cast worked to fill the holes and helped blend everything together.
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