Monday, 5 June 2017

Spotlight: Where It All Began by Lorana Hoopes


Sandra Baker thought her life was going in the right direction until she ended up pregnant. Not ready for a baby, her boyfriend pushes her to have an abortion. After the procedure, Sandra spirals into depression losing her relationship and turning to alcohol. Then she meets Henry, a strong Christian man, who shows her God's love. Will she accept God's forgiveness and more importantly, will she forgive herself?


The delicate paper menu held only a few choices, and my eyes widened at the prices. I should have thought to ask where we were going before I agreed. I didn’t have the money to spend so much on dinner, especially since Peter had moved out and money was much tighter. My heart thudded in my chest as I quickly scanned for the cheapest item on the menu; even the side salad was nearly fifteen dollars. How do people afford this? Well, the salad comes with bread and a bowl of soup, so at least it should be enough to fill me up.

The waiter, clad in a white dress shirt and perfectly pressed black pants, appeared just as I laid the menu down. “Have we had enough time?” he asked politely, glancing at each of us before focusing his attention on Philip, who took the lead in ordering.

“Yes, we’ll have two glasses of your finest red wine and two plates of the steak and lobster, grilled medium well.” He handed his and Raquel’s menus to the waiter.

“Very well,” the waiter nodded and turned his attention to me.

I swallowed. “Um, I’ll have the side salad and the tomato soup.”

The waiter cocked his head. “Will that be all miss?”

My face flushed, and just as I was about to answer, Henry jumped in. “Yes, and the same for me please.” He handed our menus to the waiter.

The waiter nodded. “Yes, sir, and anything further to drink?”

Henry glanced at me; I shook my head. “No, water will be adequate for now, thank you.”

As the waiter turned away, I regarded Henry. Who was this man, and why was he being so nice to me? He caught me staring and shot me a small wink as he picked up a piece of bread.


Life, they say for some, flips 180 degrees overnight. For others, it might be a slow agonising topple. There may be many moments in the topple when you feel you can almost get back up before your grip slips again, until you hit rock bottom. It's hard to decipher which kind of fall is worse, but it's not so hard to spot the actual winners. The ones who bounce back from the dump. 

Sandra Baker starts off seemingly as one of the many girls who presume they have life under control - all until they find a jackass to control their fate and happiness. Sandra makes the same blunder, in choosing a totally self-centred almost-heartless guy for a boyfriend. He mercilessly pushes her into abortion. The circumstances wreak havoc in the mind of Sandra who turns to addictive elements for solace. Sandra's life is steadily spiralling down, until she meets the (literally) God-sent Henry. 

This story is not about a preachy debate on believing and atheism. It's rather a tale of perseverance and self-reliance. Some may call that supportive super power God while others may call it a guardian spirit. This story just shows us that even at the most despairing of moments, we are not alone, and we will not left in lurch if we have enough for faith, in ourselves first. 

Rating: 5 stars


Lorana Hoopes is currently an English teacher in the Pacific Northwest where she lives with her husband and three children. When not writing, she can be seen kickboxing in her local gym, singing at her church, or performing on stage. The Heartbeats series is her first full length novel series. She has also just released the first book in her early reader chapter book, The Wishing Stone.

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