“You’ll Think of Me” is another emotionally charged contemporary novels by Robin Lee Hatcher. Whether one of her contemporary novels or a historical one, the author never fails to delve deep into the emotions of her characters. I know I can usually expect plenty of tension between the primary characters before their story reaches the end and this one did not disappoint me.
Single mother Brooklyn has not had an easy life. Abandoned by everyone who should have cared for her, she has managed to raise her daughter Alycia on her own after her husband left. When Brooklyn is notified that she has been left property in her old home town, she reluctantly returns there because she hopes it will be the best for Alycia. When she discovers that her ex-husband’s best friend Chad is her close neighbor, it is a draw as to which of them is most apprehensive about the situation. Due to their close proximity and continued interactions, somewhere along the way respect and possibly more softens their wounded hearts.
Brooklyn and Chad’s characters are both easy to identify with because their personal pain is so common to many. I liked that they didn’t fall immediately in love but that their developing relationship had several ups and downs as well as trust issues. Faith and prayer were prevalent throughout the story and were a natural and believable part of it.
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ABOUT THE BOOK:
Her mother abandoned her, her father disowned her, and her husband left her. Can Brooklyn be convinced that it is possible to forgive the greatest of betrayals?
Brooklyn Myers escaped her broken home and her embittered, unloving father by eloping to Reno at the age of 17. But when she was pregnant with their first child, her husband abandoned her as well. Not welcome back home in Thunder Creek, Brooklyn stayed in Reno and raised her daughter Alycia on her own, doing her best to make sure Alycia never knew the heartache and rejection Brooklyn herself had known.
When her estranged husband Chad Hallston dies, he leaves the family home in Thunder Creek to his daughter. Believing it is the best way to give her daughter a stable home, Brooklyn does what she thought she would never do. She goes home to the orchard and wine country of Southwest Idaho. There, she encounters Chad’s best friend, Derek Johnson, a part time sheriff’s deputy who also owns an organic produce farm next door. Derek was never a fan of former bad girl Brooklyn Myers, but he made a promise to his dying friend that he would be the father to Alycia that Chad had never been.
Although Derek and Brooklyn get off to a bumpy start, he and Alycia quickly form a bond. And soon, Derek realizes that he wants Brooklyn to trust him too . . . even knowing that her trust won’t come easily. And then he realizes he wants even more than her trust. He wants to win her love.
While Brooklyn may be tempted to give her heart to Derek, risking her daughter’s happiness is another story. Will Brooklyn hold onto her self-reliance for dear life, or will she come to understand that the greatest gift she can give her daughter is showing her how to love and trust others?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Robin Lee Hatcher is the bestselling author of 70 books. Her numerous awards include the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award. Robin and her husband currently reside in Idaho. For more information, visit www.robinleehatcher.com.