Artist Jessica Mason is pregnant and still trying to come to terms with her late husband and daughter's deaths, she keeps to herself most days, working from home. Her mother gives her an old family Bible that was her great-grandfather's, as she reads she sees how her great-grandfather's faith held them fast through the Great Depression.
Ridley Chesterfield retreats to Hope Springs to hideout after a political scandal that has the media after his head. He moves into the house next door to Jessica, and when a stray dog shows up on the property it brings them together.
The last thing that Jessica and Ridley are looking for is love, but they appreciate the camaraderie and encouragement. Will God turn their tears to joy?
Two parallel storylines almost a hundred years apart, that of Jessica and Ridley, and her grandparents, Helen and Andrew. Their faith is challenged, as they weather the storms of life, through heartache and betrayals.
I loved the natural pace of the storytelling, there is a gentle flow to the story as all the pieces fall apart and into place in varying chapters of the story. I loved Andrew and Helen's story as they weather hardships and challenges of a new marriage during the 1930's, and how it connects to the present day.
Ridley is a strong Christian, he is determined to stick to his standards and turn the other cheek amidst the turmoil of the scandal. He is looking to disconnect from the outside world when he meets his hermit-ish neighbor, Jessica.
Jessica has gone through a lot in the last few months, but I liked her strength in her vulnerabilities, and turns to the Scriptures for comfort.
Overall, a beautiful story with excellent pacing and flow, nothing seems forced or unnatural in the timeline. I liked the realistic way that the book gave Jessica space and time to grieve, and how she and Ridley take their friendship one day at a time. A beautiful story about how God redeems the ashes, refining us through hardships, yet giving us the strength to see us through.
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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.
Who I Am with You is the first book in Robin’s new “A Legacy of Faith” series.
You can read an excerpt of Who I am With You HERE: https://robinleehatcher.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/Who-I-Am-with-You-excerpt.pdf
About the Author:
Robin Lee Hatcher is the author of over 80 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. Her numerous awards include the RITA® Award, Christy Award, Carol Award, HOLT Medallion, National Reader’s Choice Award, and the Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award, and 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.
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