First, I must apologize for my absence recently. It has been tremendously busy in my household, but also I got a new computer and it takes a bit of time to get it set up. At least for me – so many things to download, set up frequently visited sites, get everything in order. You know the drill. It’s been so long since I had a new computer, we’re talking over ten years here, that I had to adjust to so many things. But, the one thing my lack of a computer did not stop – reading! So you’ll start seeing me more in the next few days 🙂
Today I’m talking about a sweet romance by Robin Lee Hatcher. I sometimes get a little nervous when reading a new author, especially if it’s a romantic novel, but Robin did a fantastic job. Take a look……
About the Book
In a small town in Idaho’s idyllic wine country where the past looms large, can two people realize their individual dreams for the future . . . together?
Abandoned once too often, Brooklyn Meyers never intended to return to Thunder Creek, Idaho. Her hometown holds too many memories of heartache and rejection. But when her estranged husband Chad Hallston dies and leaves his family home and acreage to her and their ten-year-old daughter Alycia, it’s an opportunity to change their lives for the better—a chance Brooklyn can’t pass up, for Alycia’s sake if not her own.
Derek Johnson, Chad’s best friend since boyhood, isn’t keen on the return of Brooklyn Meyers to Thunder Creek. He still blames her for leading his friend astray. And now she has ruined his chance to buy the neighboring ten acres that would have allowed him to expand his organic farm. To add insult to injury, Chad’s dying request was that Derek become the father to Alycia that Chad never was. How can he keep that promise without also spending time with the girl’s mother?
Brought together by unexpected circumstances, Derek and Brooklyn must both confront challenges to their dreams and expectations. He must overcome long held misconceptions about Brooklyn, while she must learn to trust someone other than herself. And if they can do it, they just might discover that God has something better in mind than either of them ever imagined.
Robin Lee Hatcher is a new author to me, but I can assure you she wasn’t a stranger for long. I was drawn to this storyline from the very beginning and could picture myself moving to Thunder Creek. I love the small town feel in novels, but sometimes they can be hard to pull off. Not the case here. I felt at home with the residents, and to be honest really felt like part of the family. The descriptions were wonderfully written and remained in my mind into the wee hours of the night.
I have to be honest about something. This movie belongs on the Hallmark channel. I am a big Hallmark channel movie watcher, and as I am reading this book I can see the movie playing out in my mind. I could picture the setting, the actors, and how the script would play out. It just had that feel to it, and quite honestly if this doesn’t end up on the small screen I would be very surprised. And while it was very Hallmark-esque, the storyline itself is a little different then most of the movies I have seen, and that would be a welcome change.
This book is a great example of growth, forgiveness, second chances, and taking chances. Brooklyn is a wonderful lead character, however I have to tell you that she was not my favorite. Ruth Johnson absolutely stole the show for me. Her character was just so endearing, loving, caring, and maybe a little bit of a meddler. She just had this way about her. I felt myself longing to sit down and have a glass of tea with her while she shared stories of her life. Ruth is the grandmother we all want, whether we will openly admit to it or not!
Overall, great book. If you’re looking for a reminder on waiting on God, read this book. If you’re looking for a little romance, read this book. If you’re looking for some encouragement, read this book. In fact, just read this book. I think you’ll be glad you did! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
About the Author
Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. Winner of the Christy, the RITA, the Carol, the Inspirational Reader’s Choice, and many other industry awards, Robin is also a recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from both Romance Writers of America and American Christian Fiction Writers. She is the author of 75+ novels and novellas with over five million copies in print.
Robin enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, reading books that make her cry, and watching romantic movies. Her main hobby (when time allows) is knitting, and she has a special love for making prayer shawls. A mother and grandmother, Robin and her husband make their home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with Poppet, the high-maintenance Papillon, and Princess Pinky, the DC (demon cat).
Robin is active on her Facebook Author Page where she loves to interact with readers. Please join her there: http://www.facebook.com/robinleehatcher
For more information, please visit her web site at http://www.robinleehatcher.com
Please note: Robin’s faith-based fiction has been published from 1999 to present. She no longer recommends her older mass market fiction.
What book have you read lately that you thought would make a great movie?