Another Series Ending on a Harmonious Note

I’ve enjoy spending time in Robin Lee Hatcher’s fictional Idaho small town. The characters have become familiar and loved. And Hatcher ends her King’s Meadow series with a tale of letting go, of living, of forgiving, that packs a punch.

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When Penny Cartwright’s younger brother is killed in a car accident, her world comes crashing down around her. She hadn’t been supportive of his brother’s decision to move to Nashville and pursue his dream as a drummer in a band. And now, she’ll never get the chance to tell him she loves him again. Penny’s goal is to take care of her dad and survive her day-to-day routines. When her hands are occupied and her mind is busy, she doesn’t focus on the pain of her loss. Not until Trevor Reynolds moves to town.

Trevor’s determined to keep his promise to his young drummer and spend some time in Idaho. Unsure of exactly what he’s supposed to do while there, the one thing he’s sure of is that he needs to talk to Brad Cartwright’s dad and sister. And while Rodney accepts him immediately, Penny can barely stand to remain in the same room with him, let alone look at him. What will it take to prove he’s not a bad person? That he’d made a mistake he blames himself for when he allowed Brad to drive in the middle of the night instead of stopping for a hotel? And what was it about her that drew him?

Hatcher delves into the difficult subject of grief and morning as well as forgiveness and letting go of blame—whether for oneself or another. When bitterness is released, true healing can begin.

Keeper of the Stars is available online and in stores now.

***Booklook Bloggers and Thomas Nelson publishing provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.

Return to King’s Meadow, Idaho One Last Time

I’ve enjoy spending time in Robin Lee Hatcher’s fictional Idaho small town. The characters have become familiar and loved. And Hatcher ends her King’s Meadow series with a tale of letting go, of living, of forgiving, that packs a punch.

keeper of the stars

When Penny Cartwright’s younger brother is killed in a car accident, her world comes crashing down around her. She hadn’t been supportive of his brother’s decision to move to Nashville and pursue his dream as a drummer in a band. And now, she’ll never get the chance to tell him she loves him again. Penny’s goal is to take care of her dad and survive her day-to-day routines. When her hands are occupied and her mind is busy, she doesn’t focus on the pain of her loss. Not until Trevor Reynolds moves to town.

Trevor’s determined to keep his promise to his young drummer and spend some time in Idaho. Unsure of exactly what he’s supposed to do while there, the one thing he’s sure of is that he needs to talk to Brad Cartwright’s dad and sister. And while Rodney accepts him immediately, Penny can barely stand to remain in the same room with him, let alone look at him. What will it take to prove he’s not a bad person? That he’d made a mistake he blames himself for when he allowed Brad to drive in the middle of the night instead of stopping for a hotel? And what was it about her that drew him?

Hatcher delves into the difficult subject of grief and morning as well as forgiveness and letting go of blame—whether for oneself or another. When bitterness is released, true healing can begin.

****Thomas Nelson and NetGalley provided me with a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.

I Hope You Dance by Robin Lee Hatcher

As much a fan as I am of Zondervan’s Year of Weddings Novellas they’ve been compiling for the past year and a half, I’ve most been looking forward to the second half of this year’s offerings. Some of my favorite authors are each taking a turn at one of these. Starting with Robin Lee Hatcher, an author I have been reading since college some twenty years ago.

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Welcome back to Kings Meadows, Idaho. If you read Whenever You Come Around (which released in April), you met both Skye Foster and Grant Nichols briefly. If you did not read that book, this is a great introduction to a few of the other residents of Kings Meadows.

Skye Foster knew early on in life what she wanted to do: race horses and teach others to love dancing as much as she does. When her friends Buck and Charity plan a formal wedding and arrange for all of the members of their wedding party to take dance lessons, she dreams about the beauty of the wedding. The bride and groom dressed up, the couples on the dance floor. She longs to find someone to dance with. Someone who will give her the deepest desire of her heart, a large family. Grant Nichols has agreed to join the wedding party but since he works during the time the dance lessons will be held, he arranges for private lessons with the beautiful dance instructor. Sparks fly immediately. There is an instant attraction between Grant and Skye and they are pulled toward each other. While Grant is still trying to get away from his past, he’s learned to trust God. Even when it comes to his strong, unexpected feelings for Skye, he trusts God. Until he overhears something that makes him question everything. He doesn’t want a large family. In fact, he always believed he would never have kids. Perhaps a whirlwind romance is destined to only leave devastation in it’s path.

I always love book series because you get to visit some of the characters I fell in love with during other books. I Hope you Dance is no exception. Chet Leonard is back as are Charity, Buck, and Midge and Rand Foster. Hatcher is exceptional at making readers feel like they are part of the Kings Meadow community. I’ve said this several times before, but I prefer romance novellas where the main characters have a little bit of history with each other. While that did not happen in this one, I wasn’t disappointed or didn’t find the story unrealistic. Yes, things happened fast, but I’m sure plenty of people out there have similar stories. When you meet the one, sometimes you just know.

Available June 26 Preorder your copy now

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Whenever You Come Around by Robin Lee Hatcher

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In need of a quiet place to write her novel, Charity Anderson returns to her parents’ home in Kings Meadow, Idaho after because her house has flooded and is undergoing renovations. Returning to the small town and reliving painful memories is not the best option for Charity, it is her only option. And to top everything off, Buck Malone, her high school crush, lives next door. When Charity’s dog causes Buck a broken wrist and ankle, a loss of employment, and a lot of downtime, there is no choice but for Charity to assist her neighbor as he recovers. As she spends more time with him, she bases the hero for her romance novel off of him

Buck is perfectly content with his life. Perhaps he never went to college and gave up some dreams, but he has no complaints about his bachelor lifestyle. The more time he spends with Charity, the less he’s convinced remaining a bachelor is what he really wants. He senses pain and sadness in Charity but she shuts down whenever he tries to get her to talk. Should he get involved emotionally? And what will happen when Charity moves back to her home in Boise?

As a former resident of Idaho, I really enjoy Hatcher’s books and the memories of the area (this one even mentioned my alma mater—University of Idaho in Moscow). I’ve been small towns like Kings Meadow. There are plenty of them. But what is even better about the books are the characters. In Whenever You Come Around, both Charity and, especially Buck, are likable. Sure, Charity is running from mistakes she’d made in her past and hiding from her friends and her family. Buck is hiding in a way too but it’s not as obvious as it is with Charity. Loved the addition of Charity’s dog in this one too. Cocoa is another character in her own right. There are some familiar faces in the book as well but this story is most definitely built around Charity and Buck and their story.

Release date: May 12

Thomas Nelson Fiction provided me with a free copy of this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest and fair review. All opinions expressed are my own.

The Heart’s Pursuit by Robin Lee Hatcher

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Silver Matlock has managed to put her parents in financial hardship. At least that’s the way she sees it. When she is abandoned on her wedding day by the man who was to be her groom, she believes he was also responsible for stealing the money out of her father’s safe that was to be used to pay off the mortgages of their home and their store. Determined to find the man who stole from them, she hires Jared Newman, a bounty hunter who is one his own quest for revenge. He has been searching for the man who murdered his family, intent on bringing him to justice.

As Silver and Jared travel from Colorado to Nevada on horseback, neither of them wants to admit they are growing closer to each other. Silver was just burned by a man, and isn’t ready to put herself in a situation where her heart will lead her wrong again. Jared is used to being on his own, but the stubborn woman who refuses to follow his orders is changing that. Will the two of them be able to let go of their past hurts and let their hearts heal enough to find the love God intended for each of them?

The Heart’s Pursuit by Robin Lee Hatcher is a bit of a departure from her normal settings, but the different, almost western, style works. Readers will still enjoy the relationships and the settings that Hatcher is known for. This is another fantastic Hatcher must-read for her fans.

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