You’ll Think of Me by Robin Lee Hatcher
Reviewed by: Pam Graber
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: April 11, 2017
Robin Lee Hatcher has been a “go-to” author for me for a LOT of years. (We won’t mention how many…) She never, ever disappoints. You’ll Think of Me is the latest example of this. Anytime a book sucks me in and keeps me reading – barely stopping for sleep – it has to be pretty exceptional. I started this book yesterday afternoon, snatched 5 hours of sleep, and finished it this morning.
Brooklyn Myers has spent her life feeling abandoned and unloved. Her mom walked out and left her with an abusive father, the husband she chose abandoned her as soon as he learned he was going to be a father, and even the friend she made who led her to the Lord is being taken from her by cancer. She is stunned to receive the news that her husband has died. In his death he has finally stepped up, acknowledged his fatherhood and left 10 acres plus a house in Thunder Creek, Idaho to his wife.
Derek Johnson has a dream to expand his three acre organic to a self-sustaining organic farm. To do that he needs his friend Chad Hallston to make good on his promise to sell his family’s 10 acres to him. When Chad dies instead and leaves the land to his “wife”, Derek’s disappointment knows no bounds. Chad’s final letter to Derek explains some of his reasoning and asks his best friend for one last favor: be the father figure to my daughter that I never was. Can Derek put aside his dislike for Brooklyn and focus on her daughter?
The more Brooklyn compares Derek to Chad, the more she sees Derek’s honor. As the two spend time working on her house, they both start to see that their past may not have been exactly like they remember it. Can she really make a home for her daughter in a place where she always felt like an unloved outsider? Can he see that the woman he thought he knew is NOT the same Brooklyn who left Thunder Creek all those years ago?
I loved that Brooklyn was willing to do anything she could to give her daughter a better life than she’d had. Her confrontations with her father were gut-wrenching but necessary to her heart’s healing. I also loved how obvious it was from the beginning of the book that God had stepped into her life and called her His own. Her faith wavers periodically. Whose wouldn’t faced with her trials? I also loved how strong and secure Alycia is. She has no fear, a trait her mother could have easily passed on. Pick this one up if you love Christian romance.
Rated G: I didn’t see any issues here.
Reviewer’s copy was provided by the Publisher via NetGalley. Thank you!