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Summer Staycation with Pam Rhodes and the Hope Hall series!

19 August 2021

Looking for a thrilling summertime Fiction read? Check out Songs of Praise presenter Pam Rhodes’s unputdownable series of Hope Hall books centered on a Victorian church hall and Kath, its brash and inexperienced administrator. The  fun and deeply moving Hope Hall series celebrates the power of hope. Read on for more information about each wonderful book in the Hope Hall series below.

Looking for more Summer Fiction reads? Check out our full Fiction list here

Springtime at Hope Hall

By Pam Rhodes

Songs of Praise presenter is back with another thrilling read and an unputdownable series centered on a Victorian church hall and Kath, its brash and inexperienced administrator.

There’s never a dull moment at Hope Hall. Its rooms are filled throughout the day with gossipy grandmas, body-popping teenagers, and a nursery group where it’s the grown-ups who are near to tears!

But it’s all in a day’s work for administrator, Kath, whose job it is to make sure Hope Hall offers something for everyone! As the team works to pull off their ambitious Hope Hall Centenary Easter Monday Fayre, Kath realizes reinforcements are needed. Brash, loud and inexperienced though she may be, Kath has a feeling that Shirley might be just the ticket! The Fayre is a triumph but when Kath’s old flame comes back on the scene, she’s faced with some tough choices. Will Kath make the right decision?

Summer’s out at Hope Hall

By Pam Rhodes

HOPE HALL thrums with activity under the summer sun. Sea Cadets march in the yard and happy chatter issues from English as a Foreign Language classes while the weekly Food Bank reaches out to those in need.

Kath is determined to honour the origins of Hope Hall, which was founded in memory of those lost during the two world wars. It’s all hands on deck as the centenary celebrations continue, but Kath’s efforts set her on a collision course with Celia Ainsworth, a descendant of the family that donated the land.

Added to this, a mysterious homeless man proves tricky for Sheelagh to identify, and a handsome stranger looks set to lead Kath a merry dance…

SUMMER’S OUT AT HOPE HALL is a fun and deeply moving story that celebrates the power of hope.

Coming soon!

Christmas at Hope Hall

By Pam Rhodes

The march towards the end of the year sees Hope Hall once again buzzing with activity.The lead up to the Harvest Festival sees a stray dog causing a nuisance, and tensions rise between two old schoolmates.

The drama only increases as Christmas approaches, and the panto rehearsals featuring the jocular “Can’t Sing Singers” get into full swing. But the hustle and bustle of the drama in the community stems from the deeper personal stories. Loneliness, loss, and hurt impact the lives of many of the local residents. But where there is community, there is friendship, companionship, love, and most of all, hope.

Christmas at Hope Hall is the final book in a delightful trilogy centred on a Victorian church hall, the like of which can be found at the heart of so many towns across England. This wonderful finale to the series (which includes the sound of wedding bells!) is full of friends and neighbours with stories that will have you giggling one minute, and dabbing your eyes the next.

What others are saying about the Hope Hall series:

“A heart-warming story of small town life, beautifully written.”

Jack Sheffield, author of the Teacher series

“In this delightful tale of Kath Sutton and the motley bunch of characters revolving around the community hall she runs, Pam lives shared and burdens carried. Summer’s Out at Hope Hall is one of those novels that helps you hear laughter in the darkness, reminding you that the sun really will rise tomorrow.” 

Sheridan Voysey, BBC Radio 2 presenter and author of Reflect with Sheridan

“Written in Pam’s characteristic gentle and humorous manner, Summer’s Out at Hope Hall appears to be just a light-hearted book, but it powerfully demonstrates the strength of community and the importance of faith.” 

Debbie Duncan, author of Brave: Showing Courage in All Seasons of Life 

About the author:

Pam Rhodes

Pam Rhodes is known around the world as the presenter of BBC Television’s Songs of Praise and her popular Hearts and Hymns programme on Premier Christian Radio. She describes herself as an ‘anorak’ in her fascination for hymns old and new, and her books on hymn-writers, like Love So Amazing, Then Sings My Soul and Hear My Song are essentials in many a church vestry! A natural storyteller with 25 varied books under her belt, Pam is perhaps best known for her novels packed with down-to-earth characters and situations that inspire and entertain.

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