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Inspired by the real-life charity Beaded Hope, Liggett’s novel portrays three Ohio women at pivotal points in their lives who journey to South Africa on a mission trip. Gabby, the child services director for Graceview Church, is reeling from a miscarriage that spells the end of her hopes for having a child. After her rebellious teenage stepdaughter, Katie, is in a minor car accident, Heidi is stunned to learn that Katie is pregnant. Icy newswoman Cassandra sees an opportunity to revive her flagging career when she reads about the mission to South Africa in the Graceview newsletter. Gabby, Heidi, Katie, and Cassandra travel together to Mamelodi, South Africa, to meet with a woman named Jaleela, who has an idea she believes can help her community: making beautiful beaded jewelry that can be sold in America. The American women agree to help, and all of them, even, to her own surprise, Cassandra, are surprised to discover just how much they’re inspired by Jaleela, who is battling AIDS while raising two children. A heartwarming read. --Kristine Huntley
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ISBN-10:  1414332122
ISBN-13:  978-1414332123
Author:  Cathy Liggett
Publisher:  Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
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review by . March 12, 2010
"Beaded Hope" was a well-written and enjoyable inspirational general fiction. It's fast-paced and full of suspense. I was quickly engaged by the realistic characters and their realistic struggles, and I cared about what happened to them. The world-building was excellent and brought everything (especially South Africa) alive in my imagination.    Most of the main characters were Christians. There was some God-talk and praying, but no preaching at the reader. Unless you're strongly …
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