Published by Thomas Nelson on December 11, 2018
Also by this author: You'll Think of Me, You're Gonna Love Me
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Two broken hearts find God’s healing in the first novel of Robin Lee Hatcher’s new Legacy of Faith series.
Jessica was pregnant and facing divorce when her husband and daughter were killed in a car accident months ago. Left to endure the tragedy and her pregnancy alone, she pulls away from her friends and community instead of leaning on them for care and support. She feels far away from God, lost and floating without an anchor. Then at her grandmother’s funeral, Jessica receives a gift—her great-grandfather’s Bible—which she relegates to a shelf in her house to gather dust alongside the other remnants of her faith.
Ridley has suffered loss too. Disgraced in his job, his career seems to be over for good. He is both bitter and shamed. Adding insult to injury, his girlfriend of more than a year leaves at the first sign of trouble. Ridley retreats to a vacation property owned by his parents to lick his wounds and hide from the press. When he first arrives, he meets Jessica, his closest neighbor in this mountain community. But the last thing he wants is to become involved with her or anyone else in Hope Springs. All he wants is to be left alone.
But God doesn’t intend to let Ridley and Jessica go on hiding from life, even at its most difficult. Thumbing through the Bible later, seeing notes in both pencil and ink, Jessica begins a journey back to faith and wholeness. And the broken roads they have followed bring Jessica and Ridley to each other as well.
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Step into Who I Am With You by Robin Lee Hatcher. This dual time novel weaves a modern-day romance with Jessica’s great-grandfather’s story from the 1930s.
I’m slowly starting to become a fan of dual time novels. What I particularly liked about this one was Jessica’s great-grandfather’s Bible. As Jessica was struggling with a horrific tragedy, the unexpected loss of her husband and daughter, she began to read her great-grandfather’s Bible. As she read the notes in the margins of the Bible and the verses he marked, she began to open up to healing.
Jessica ends up becoming neighbors with Ridley who is hiding out in Hope Springs as he tries to avoid problems of his own. He is in the middle of a political scandal. Neither Ridley nor Jessica are looking for a relationship, but as they keep bumping into each other, a relationship begins to form.
Who I am with You was a nice start in Robin’s new Legacy of Faith series. I enjoyed the role Jessica’s great-grandfather’s Bible played in the story and the “legacy of faith” concept in this book. It made for a unique and touching story.