D: A Distant Hope by Ellin Carsta #atozchallenge

The Blogging from A to Z April Challenge  is for bloggers who wish to participate, by publishing a blog post every day in April, except for Sundays. Each blog post will focus on a letter of the alphabet. For example April 1 will be A, April 2 will be B, and on it goes. By the end of April, a blog post for every letter of the alphabet will have been posted. My theme for 2023 is Book Reviews.

You can read my reviews without worrying about spoilers. My reviews are quite brief and I give away nothing more than you would read on the back cover or on Goodreads




“In this breathtaking and emotional saga, a family must travel far from home to save what they hold dear” – Goodreads

A Distant Hope is set in Hamburg in 1888. Family business Peter Hansen and Sons, coffee importers, established for over thirty years, are struggling to stay afloat. There are three brothers involved in the business and they need to pull together to save the formerly prosperous business, after the death of their father. They decide that one brother must relocate his family to Cameroon, Africa, to take over a cocoa plantation.

His fifteen year old daughter discovers a new life that she loves in Africa, far from the social life that she is accustomed to in Hamburg. In Cameroon, she works in the plantation and loves every moment of it.

Eventually, bitter rivalries and betrayals tear the family apart and very difficult decisions need to be made.

Published 2018. 284 pages


Historical fiction is my favourite genre, so I was always going to enjoy this book. I found it an unusal story line, going from Hamburg to Cameroon, Africa, but really enjoyed following along with this family. I felt myself feeling very concerned for them and wanting to know what happens next. I was very pleased when I finished the book, to discover that there is a Die Hansen #2, which I’m very much looking forward to reading.

Translated from German to English.

Key To My Star Rating

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Unputdownable. Would definitely read again
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Fantastic read. Not to be missed.
⭐️⭐️⭐️Enjoyable read. Would recommend.
⭐️⭐️Wouldn’t read again
⭐️Don’t recommend this book again

Books that I review have been purchased by me or borrowed from the library, unless otherwise stated.

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21 thoughts on “D: A Distant Hope by Ellin Carsta #atozchallenge

  1. Definitely a different series of locations for the novel to go from Hamburg to Cameroon. I remember being fascinated by the plantation described by Karen Blixen (Isak Dineson) and portrayed in the film Out of Africa.

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  2. Thanks for the recommendation, Jennifer. I also appreciate the key to your star rating. I enjoy historical fiction and have even taken a go at it by writing a novel based on my mother’s experience homesteading in Fairbanks Alaska in the 1950s.

    I found your blog through Denyse’s Wednesday link-up.

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  3. Hey honey. Lovely post and thanks for the recommendation.

    I’m author myself. I published my debut book I April 2021. It’s gonna turn 2 this month. 😁 I’d love you to read and review it. I’d love to send you the ebook. It’s also available on Amazon Kindle.

    Jannat xxx

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  4. Thank you for the encouragement, Jennifer. Writing a novel was a new type of writing for me for sure. I still haven’t taken the steps to get my book published, but I did get positive input from a professional author and editor, so that’s something. If nothing else, I stretched myself creatively and my Mom got to see a fictionalized version of her life story before she died.


  5. I hope you are enjoying your new blog and I know you are enjoying the books!! Thank you for sharing your post with the Wednesday’s Words and Pics community this week. I hope, if you are enjoying a long weekend for Easter, that it is going well. See you next week, I hope. Denyse.

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