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Abandoned once too often, Brooklyn Myers 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 Myers 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 which 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.
Prepare your heartstrings, reader friends, this sweet story will pull them in a beautiful way! Brooklyn Meyers is all too familiar with the feelings of isolation and rejection. Despite the scars left by her past, Brooklyn has pulled herself up by the bootstraps. She is an all-out dedicated and devoted single mom to her daughter Alycia and their mother-daughter relationship is delightfully authentic… complete with the good, the bad, and the eye-rolls!
Derek Johnson is a bit of a small town golden boy and I don’t mean that in a bad way at all but his idyllic childhood has colored his perceptions and he is due for an intimate dose of reality. He’s obviously a natural-born protector, both his position as a deputy and conscientious farmer attest to that fact. Derek also gets triple brownie points for his strong relationship with his Gran Ruth. Getting Gran’s perspective on all the happenings is icing on the cake.
From the tight-knit community that draws folks in, to the adorable little fru-fru rescue dog, this story is full of sweet moments and healing from heartache. Faith, family, and community are just what the doctor ordered (according to Gran and no one argues with Gran).
I requested the opportunity to read this book through the publisher. The opinions expressed are my own.
About the Author
Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher, author of more than 75 books, is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. Robin is an eleven-time finalist and two-time winner of the prestigious RITA® Award. In addition to the RITA and many other awards, she is the recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from both Romance Writers of America® and American Christian Fiction Writers.
When not writing, she enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, Bible art journaling, reading books that make her cry, watching romantic movies, and decorative planning. Robin and her husband make their home on the outskirts of Boise.
If you had the opportunity to start fresh somewhere new, would you embrace it?
I have a streak of wanderlust that’s never been unleashed, I’d do it!