“Who I Am With You” by Robin Lee Hatcher
Who I Am with You is the first book in Robin’s new “A Legacy of Faith” series.
Review copy through I Read With Audra blog tours
My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars
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About the Book:
For these two broken hearts, the first step toward love will be a huge leap of faith.
Jessica Mason isn’t looking for love when she meets Ridley Chesterfield. Instead she is still reeling from the tragic, unexpected loss of her husband and daughter—and awaiting the arrival of her unborn child. Harboring the secret of her husband’s betrayal, her pain is deeper than anyone knows.
Ridley Chesterfield is hiding out in Hope Springs, Idaho, avoiding a political scandal and the barrage of false media headlines that have tarnished his good name. The last thing Ridley wants is a relationship—but when fate leads Ridley to form a friendship with his reclusive and pregnant neighbor, he wonders if this small-town hideout might be more of a long-term destination.
When Jessica begins to read her great-grandfather’s Bible, she finds a connection with a man she never knew. Somehow the verses he marked and the words he wrote in the margins open her heart to healing. And as Ridley and Jessica help each other forgive the people who have broken their hearts, they must decide if the past will define them or if they will choose to love again.
Who I Am with You weaves together a modern-day romance with Jessica’s great-grandfather’s story from the 1930s, reminding us that some truths can cross generations and that faith has the power to transform families forever.
I’m very glad I tried my first Robin Lee Hatcher book – “Who I am With You” is such a sweet read, with writing that feels very familiar in style for me.
I loved the realistic characters and the realistic events and struggles they went through, and yet how it wasn’t overwhelming when they struggled. I didn’t feel like there was anything unnecessary or unrealistic. It was a very touching romance story, slow and sweet.
Jessica is still recovering from many hurts involving her husband and daughter’s car crash and the history preceding it. Ridley is recovering from lies spoken about him and false claims regarding his actions on a political campaign. It was a delight to watch both of them find their healing in a way that was both separate from each other and yet connected at the same time.
At the end of each chapter, we also get to read about Jessica’s great-great grandfather, Andrew Henning. She has inherited his Bible, which connects her to him, and we as the reader feel connected as well as we read along with his life. I thought having his story at the end of the chapters was a lovely touch and not at all overwhelming or hard to switch over as some split-timeline stories can be.
I was also pleased that faith was interwoven frequently and beautifully throughout the entirety of the novel. It was definitely a Christian piece, in that if you took away that strand from the novel, the story wouldn’t hold together as well, and I appreciated that so much! When I read Christian Fiction, I want to see God in it and I did with this book. It wasn’t thrown in your face, but it was done very well and I enjoyed it.
Looking forward to the next book in this series!
About the Author:
Robin Lee Hatcher is the author of over 75 novels and novellas with over five million copies of her books in print. She is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. Robin is an ACFW Carol Award winner and an eight-time finalist and has won two RITA Awards and been a finalist eleven times. Her numerous other awards include the Christy Award, the HOLT Medallion, the National Reader’s Choice Award, and the Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award. She is also the recipient of prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards from both American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America.
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. A mother and grandmother, Robin and her husband make their home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with a demanding Papillon dog and a persnickety tuxedo cat.
For more information, visit www.robinleehatcher.com, Facebook: robinleehatcher, Twitter: @robinleehatcher and Instagram @robinleehatcher.