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A Distant Hope

The Hansen Family Saga, Book 1
Narrated by: Siiri Scott
Series: The Hansen Family Saga, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical

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Publisher's Summary

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

Hamburg 1888: After thirty prosperous years, coffee importer Peter Hansen & Sons faces hard times - and certain bankruptcy - unless three brothers can make savvy moves to save the faltering business after their father’s untimely death. For Robert Hansen, that means meeting changing demands by following the future from Vienna to Africa. He relocates his family to the German colony of Cameroon and takes ownership of a cocoa plantation.

With a spirit as adventurous as her father’s, Robert’s fifteen-year-old daughter Luise discovers an exciting new world far from the strictures of Hamburg society. The Duala people and the breathtaking natural beauty speak to her true soul. But not all are open to the culture or the challenges awaiting them in this foreign land. Soon bitter rivalries and shocking betrayals tear at the very fabric of the Hansen family, even as Luise discovers the powerful love of a young local man. It will defy the expectations of her family, rouse fearful beliefs, and force her to make a decision that will change her life.

©2018 Ellin Carsta; Translation © 2019 by Gerald Chapple. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 20-09-2019


I really enjoyed this book. The ups and downs of the Hansen's family as well as their secerts.
The way Carsta describes Africa as well the procedure of cocoa from start to finish it made me feel that I was there. I look forward to learn what is going on in the second book.

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  • Evelyn Schumacher
  • 12-09-2019

Open and discriptive

The characters lead me to disire what would happen to them in the future. Clearly told the story of the people who opened the cocoa trade. It was a good read.

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  • Kim B
  • 18-07-2019

Lovely story!

What a beautiful story. It was a tad hard to "get into" due to the stilted narration. Hang it there! It is worth it. The narrator softens and does a wonderful job with the different character voices. The character development is charming and you "feel" for each one. By the end, I didn't want the story to end and will be looking forward to the next book in the series.

I have read all of Ellin Carsta's books and find her writing delightful. It is so nice to find books set in Germany that don't take place in WWII.

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  • Lynn
  • 03-08-2020

Accent was rough

The narrator's voice was great except that I could not tell if she was doing a German accent or India accent and then I heard an Asian accent as well.