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Review: Who I Am With You

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Review: Who I Am With You

Who I Am With You by Robin Lee Hatcher
Reviewed by: Faith Oygard
Genre: Christian Romance
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: December 11, 2018

Artist Jessica Mason is pregnant and still trying to come to terms with her late husband and daughter’s deaths. She keeps to herself most days, working from home. Her mother gives her an old family Bible that was her great-grandfather’s, and as she reads it, she sees how her great-grandfather’s faith held him fast through the Great Depression.

Ridley Chesterfield retreats to Hope Springs to hideout after a political scandal that has the media after his head. He moves into the house next door to Jessica, and when a stray dog shows up on the property it brings them together.

The last thing that Jessica and Ridley are looking for is love, but they appreciate the camaraderie and encouragement. Will God turn their tears to joy?

Two parallel storylines almost a hundred years apart, that of Jessica and Ridley, and that of her grandparents, Helen and Andrew. Their faith is challenged as they weather the storms of life through heartache and betrayals.

I loved the natural pace of the storytelling, there is a gentle flow to the story as all the pieces fall apart and into place in varying chapters of the story. I loved Andrew and Helen’s story as they weather hardships and challenges of a new marriage during the 1930’s, and how it connects to the present day.

Ridley is a strong Christian, he is determined to stick to his standards and turn the other cheek amidst the turmoil of the scandal. He is looking to disconnect from the outside world when he meets his hermit-like neighbor, Jessica.

Jessica has gone through a lot in the last few months, but I liked her strength in her vulnerabilities, and how she turns to the Scriptures for comfort.

Overall, this is a beautiful story with excellent pacing and flow. Nothing seems forced or unnatural in the timeline. I liked the realistic way that the book gave Jessica space and time to grieve, and how she and Ridley take their friendship one day at a time. This is a story about how God redeems the ashes, refining us through hardships, yet giving us the strength to see us through.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and testimonials in Advertising.”

Rated PG: Clean romance, not overly physically romantic.

Reviewer’s copy was provided by the Publisher. Thank you!

 

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