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Review: You’ll Think of Me by Robin Lee Hatcher

Title: You’ll Think of Me by Robin Lee Hatcher
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Contemporary, Christian, Romance
Length: 320 pages
Book Rating: B+

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Summary:

Her mother abandoned her, her father disowned her, and her husband left her. Can Brooklyn be convinced that it is possible to forgive the greatest of betrayals?

Brooklyn Myers escaped her broken home and her embittered, unloving father by eloping to Reno at the age of 17. But when she was pregnant with their first child, her husband abandoned her as well. Not welcome back home in Thunder Creek, Brooklyn stayed in Reno and raised her daughter Alycia on her own, doing her best to make sure Alycia never knew the heartache and rejection Brooklyn herself had known.

When her estranged husband Chad Hallston dies, he leaves the family home in Thunder Creek to his daughter. Believing it is the best way to give her daughter a stable home, Brooklyn does what she thought she would never do. She goes home to the orchard and wine country of Southwest Idaho. There, she encounters Chad’s best friend, Derek Johnson, a part time sheriff’s deputy who also owns an organic produce farm next door. Derek was never a fan of former bad girl Brooklyn Myers, but he made a promise to his dying friend that he would be the father to Alycia that Chad had never been.

Although Derek and Brooklyn get off to a bumpy start, he and Alycia quickly form a bond. And soon, Derek realizes that he wants Brooklyn to trust him too . . .  even knowing that her trust won’t come easily. And then he realizes he wants even more than her trust. He wants to win her love.

While Brooklyn may be tempted to give her heart to Derek, risking her daughter’s happiness is another story. Will Brooklyn hold onto her self-reliance for dear life, or will she come to understand that the greatest gift she can give her daughter is showing her how to love and trust others?

Review:

You’ll Think of Me by Robin Lee Hatcher is a heartwarming journey of faith, new beginnings, trust and love.

Ten years ago, Brooklyn Myers escaped her father’s abuse by eloping to Reno, NV with her then boyfriend Chad Hallston. Unfortunately, Chad abandoned her as soon she discovered she was pregnant with her now ten year old daughter Alycia. After learning Chad has unexpectedly passed away and left his family home to Alycia, Brooklyn returns to Thunder Creek, ID.  Fighting the memories her small hometown resurrects, Brooklyn is surprised by how eagerly everyone welcomes them into their lives.

Unfortunately one of the few people who are not happy to see Brooklyn is her next door neighbor Derek Johnson. Derek was never her biggest fan when she was dating Chad and he has even more reason to dislike her now that she owns the land he was planning to buy. Trying to let go of his resentment over the end of his dream to expand his organic farming business, Derek is charmed by Alycia, but he remains deeply unhappy about Brooklyn’s reappearance in his life.

Leaving Thunder Creek was just the first step in healing some of the wounds from Brooklyn’s abusive and neglectful childhood.  Physically abandoned by her mother and emotionally abandoned by her father, Brooklyn has trust issues and she struggles with low self-esteem.  Although she has much more confidence now than when she was younger, returning to Thunder Creek brings up those unpleasant memories she has avoided for so many years. While she is emotionally and spiritually stronger, Brooklyn cannot help but be a little distrustful of Derek’s motives for spending time with her and Alycia once she discovers he was planning to purchase her property from Chad.

Derek is finding it very difficult to let go of his disappointment that his dream of expanding his business will not come to fruition. He is also struggling to overcome his lingering dislike of Brooklyn and he is in no mood to show her any compassion for the difficulties she has endured.  Despite his conflicted feelings towards Brooklyn, he is respectful of Chad’s final request to be there for Alycia and he is immediately drawn to the vivacious little girl. However, as he spends time with Alycia, he gains a better understanding of Brooklyn’s life both in the past and in the present.  With his attitude toward her softening, Derek is rather surprised to discover he has romantic feelings for her.  Since he has made no secret of wanting Brooklyn’s property, is there any way she can trust Derek’s interest in her is genuine?

You’ll Think of Me is a captivating Christian romance that touches on many topics that will resonate with readers.  Robin Lee Hatcher beautifully incorporates relevant Bible verses and passages that perfectly dovetail with the issues the characters are grappling to overcome and/or understand.  The romance between Derek and Brooklyn is incredibly sweet and grows naturally from their friendship. An exceptionally uplifting and deeply affecting novel that will linger in readers’ hearts and minds long after the last page is turned.

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Review: Whenever You Come Around by Robin Lee Hatcher

whenever come aroundTitle: Whenever You Come Around by Robin Lee Hatcher
A King’s Meadow Romance Series Book Two
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Contemporary, Christian, Romance
Length: 247 pages
Book Rating: B

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Summary:

Will writing a romance help this author find a real-life hero?

Charity Anderson turned her back on Kings Meadow years ago, with good reason, and has avoided visits to her hometown whenever possible. But with her house in Boise damaged by floodwaters and a book deadline bearing down, staying in her parents’ empty home seems her only option. However, being in Kings Meadow dredges up a painful secret, and old fears threaten to overwhelm her.

Charity’s former high school classmate Buck Malone never left town, instead sacrificing his dreams to take care of his family. Now he enjoys an uncomplicated life as a wilderness guide and confirmed bachelor. The last thing on his mind is settling down.

When Charity’s dog causes an accident that leaves Buck with a broken ankle and wrist at the start of prime tourist season, Charity has little choice but to render aid while he recuperates. Soon Buck becomes the inspiration for Charity’s hero, both on the page and off. Can he also help her face and overcome her fears so they might find their own happily ever after?

Review:

While there is a sweet romance in Robin Lee Hatcher’s new release, Whenever You Come Around, it is mainly a story of forgiveness and healing. This latest stop in the King’s Meadow series finds Charity Anderson returning home for the summer where she finally faces the past she has been running from for ten years. In doing so, she opens her heart for love, but before she can truly move forward, she will have to forgive herself for her past mistakes.

When Charity left King’s Meadow for college, she chose the wrong path that ended more tragically than she could possibly imagine. She has never been able to tell her parents or her sister what happened and she has avoided visits home in the intervening years. But in the past year, Charity has returned to church and she has worked hard to forgive herself for her past mistakes. She is finally ready to fall in love and marry but Charity quickly discovers her newfound peace is fragile and that forgiving herself is much easier than letting go of the guilt she still carries from those long ago events.

Charity’s former high school crush Buck Malone still lives in town and he is, in fact, her parents’ next door neighbor. Although his plans to go to college did not come to fruition, he is happy playing uncle to his brother’s kids and running his wilderness guide business. Buck decided long ago to remain a bachelor and although he has dated most of the women in town, he has never met anyone that has changed his mind.

After a mishap with Charity’s dog puts Buck out of commission for several weeks, the two end up spending quite a bit of time together as Charity helps him during his recuperation. Buck has a lot of admiration for Charity but he is puzzled by her reactions to seemingly innocuous events. Despite his best efforts to help her, she is unable to confide in him. For her part, Charity is dealing with more than her past issues. She is also in the middle of a career change due to changes with her publisher and she is having difficulty transitioning to a new genre. After a brainstorming session with her editor, she begins to view Buck differently which in turn highlights her evolving feelings for him. While Buck is beginning to rethink his future, Charity remains mired in the past and she easily panics when she feels threatened after receiving distressing news.

Whenever You Come Around is a very gentle and touching story of faith. The romance between Charity and Buck is understated but their emotions for one another ring true. King’s Meadow is close-knit and loving community and Robin Lee Hatcher once again brings the town and surrounding area vividly to life. It is another heartwarming addition to the King’s Meadow series that old and new fans are going to love.

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Review: Love Without End by Robin Lee Hatcher

love without endTitle: Love Without End by Robin Lee Hatcher
A King’s Meadow Romance Series Book One
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Genre: Contemporary, Christian, Romance
Length: 305 pages
Book Rating: A+ & A Recommended Read

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Summary:

Chet and Kimberly have both failed when it comes to love. Will they risk their hearts to love again?

Chet Leonard’s life was forever changed when his seventeen year old son died and then, soon after, his wife walked out on their family. Over two years later, all he wants to do is hold onto his horse ranch and raise his remaining sons to be honorable men.

Kimberly Welch, widowed mother of Tara, a rebellious fifteen-year-old, has reached the end of her finances and nearly the end of her rope. She and Tara come to King’s Meadow to try to piece their lives back together again. Kimberly has no intention of become involved with the residents of this remote mountain community and certainly not with any man.

When 84-year-old Anna McKenna returns to King’s Meadow and to the Leonard ranch, she becomes an agent of change and healing for the two hurting families. With her help, Kimberly and Chet’s families at last discover a love without end.

The Review:

It is a rare storyteller who can completely captivate a reader, but Robin Lee Hatcher does so with ease in her latest release, Love Without End. This incredibly well-written romance has an impeccable storyline, an outstanding cast of characters and a beautiful setting. The novel is, quite simply, a spectacular and riveting read that I highly recommend to anyone who enjoys faith-based fiction.

In the beautiful mountains of Idaho, two people who have suffered terrible losses must decide if they are willing to risk their hearts again. Chet Leonard is deeply rooted to his family owned quarter horse ranch while newcomer Kimberly Welch is planning to leave as soon as she finds a job back in the city. Both have survived tragic losses and are now raising their children on their own. Chet was dealt a double blow when he lost his son, Rick, in a car accident and his wife, Marsha to divorce. He has his hands full running the ranch with the help of his two teenaged sons, Sam and Pete and a couple of ranch hands. In the aftermath of her husband’s sudden death, Kimberly discovers their lavish lifestyle has, quite literally, bankrupted her. A good friend offers Kimberly and her fifteen year old daughter Tara a place to stay while she gets back on her feet. The unexpected gift of a horse brings the two families together and love begins to bloom between Chet and Kimberly, but will their fears keep them apart?

Chet is a man of strong faith who is very committed to his family. He is a loyal friend who can always be counted on to lend a helping hand to anyone who needs it. His divorce devastated him and has left him doubting whether he is husband material. So when Chet finds himself drawn to Kimberly, he is uncertain whether he should invest his heart in another relationship.

Kimberly is pretty much a big mess for much of the novel. She lets her fears rule her life and she is quick to lash out when faced with change. She clings tightly to her certainty that small town life is not for her and despite the positive changes in her life, she still plans to leave when a better opportunity comes along. Kimberly also has some trust issues that stem from her marriage and she is very reluctant to date Chet despite her growing attraction to him.

Equally intriguing is honorary grandmother Anna McKenna’s story. She, too, has a somewhat tragic past, but in spite of her hardships, she remains upbeat, positive and very young at heart. Through flashbacks, her life on the Leonard ranch comes vibrantly to life and it is fascinating watching her maintain her faith and express appreciation for all of the blessings she has received.

Love Without End is an exceptionally heartwarming novel of healing and love that is incredibly riveting. The storyline is well developed and quite compelling. The characters are multi-faceted with realistic strengths and weaknesses and true to life obstacles to overcome. Robin Lee Hatcher’s engaging writing style draws the reader into the story, which makes it very easy to become emotionally invested in the novel’s final outcome. It is a timeless romance with a gentle undercurrent of faith that fans of inspirational fiction are sure to love.

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