Cross My Heart

Cross My Heart

by Robin Lee Hatcher

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“Hatcher writes with realism and compassion about how hope and healing can grow from our deepest wounds.” —Beth K. Vogt, Christy Award–winning author

Can two broken paths lead toward God’s redemption?

When Ashley Showalter and Ben Henning meet on Ashley’s horse rescue farm, they quickly discover how much they have in common. Both were raised by single moms. Both want to help where they see a need. And both work with horses in the Boise valley. Ben needs Ashley’s help and expertise after starting an equine therapy barn on his great-great-grandfather’s farm—and the more time they spend together, both Ashley and Ben have the feeling that there could be something more between them.

They also carry the burden of past experiences that may drive them apart if the truth is ever revealed. Ben is a recovering alcoholic with five years of sobriety behind him, while Ashley’s brother is an opioid addict residing in court-ordered rehab. Holding fast to the belief that addicts can never be cured, Ashley has promised herself she will never walk knowingly into the chaos created by addiction. Ben knows that with God, all things are possible—but will Ashley find it within herself to give love a chance? Or will her brother’s mistakes and the pain of her past jeopardize her future with Ben?

Cross My Heart threads together a contemporary love story with the heartwarming tale of Ben’s great-great-grandfather, Andrew Henning—reminding us that God’s Word is timeless and that His promises are new every morning.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780785219309
Publisher: Nelson, Thomas, Inc.
Publication date: 06/25/2019
Series: A Legacy of Faith Novel Series
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 81,878
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Robin Lee Hatcher is the author of 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, the Carol Award, the Christy Award, the HOLT Medallion, the National Reader’s Choice Award, and the Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award. Robin 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. Robin makes her home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with a demanding Papillon dog and a persnickety tuxedo cat.

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Cross My Heart 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Ourpugs 2 days ago
Cross my heart Ben is fixing the farm to turn into a horse therapy place. Ashley rescue horses. She helps him to get horses for his farm and project. The story also goes back to 1944. When was during the war. This involves Ben’s great great grandfather. Who I am sure we will get to know more in later books of the series. I am looking forward to reading more. I enjoy books that have two time periods. Past history of the family is very interesting. Definitely a lot more to the book. The families of Ben and Ashley have a lot going on. Especially Ashley brother. I received a advanced copy of the book from the publisher through the author and Celebrate Lit. This review is my own opinion.
Phyllis_H 2 days ago
A touching story Cross My Heart is a touching story of faith and healing. When Ben is given the ranch which has been in the family for many generations, he has a dream of using it to start an equine therapy program. This tenderhearted man had been helped through a similar program years earlier. I really loved his heart for the Lord and the sensitivity he had toward others. I especially enjoyed the snippets in the historical portion of the story, following Ben's ancestors through World War II. Andrew's faith and determination to keep trusting the Lord through all their uncertainties was so beautiful. Seeing him journal in his Bible and then later seeing Ben find the things he had written there was a great touch! While I could tell at the beginning I was not reading the first book about this family, Cross My Heart was written in such a way that it easily stand alone. I am now, however, very curious about the things I missed in Andrew's life and have plans to find and read Who I Am With You. Due to the dual timeframes of the story, readers of historical and contemporary fiction will both enjoy this sweet story. Read my review of Cross My Heart by Robin Lee Hatcher at AmongTheReads.net I was given a copy of this book. I was not required to give a favorable review nor was any money received for this review. All comments and opinions are my own.
Nicnac63 6 days ago
Don’t you love it when you finish reading a book and you can sit quietly and bask in a satisfying closure? That’s how I always feel upon completing a book by Robin Lee Hatcher. Her words carry a soft cadence, her story pulses strongly, and the love conveyed warms my soul. Ben is easy to love. He’s a strong guy with a big heart and a dark past. I immediately connected with Ashley. The two go into business together, rescuing animals and providing equine therapy to those in need. But their clients and horses aren’t the only ones that need rescuing. There is also a historical aspect to this story, involving Ben’s ancestors during WWII. It gives the story more depth and importance, and Ms. Hatcher does a wonderful job of weaving the two eras together. I sank into this sweet story with ease, and feel as if I’ve spent an extended vacation at the Henning farm. I love the slow-build in the story. Not rushing makes it all feel authentic, and ultimately satisfying. And--it’s always a thrill when you reach that part in the book that mentions the book’s title. *Swoon* I enjoyed these entwining, compassionate stories and the thread of faith throughout. You’ll enjoy them too—cross my heart. First Line (Prologue): Ben Henning showed his cousin Jessica into the kitchen of the old farmhouse. Source: I received a complimentary copy from the publisher and Netgalley. I was under no obligation to post a positive review. #RobinLeeHatcher #CrossMyHeart #TimeSlip
PrincessGlor 7 days ago
Cross My Heart was fantastic. Book two in Robin's Legacy Of Faith series, this story was a joy to read. I really liked Ben and Ashley and my favorite character was Grandpa Grant. He was adorable! I loved the fact that Ben is starting an equine therapy center and all the horse stuff in the book. I have a personal experience with a equine therapy center while working as a Para, and I can tell you it works. So to see it in a novel thrilled me! Robin weaves stories that just flow off the page and they are quick, easy reads with a ton of heart and story. I can not recommend this series enough! I received this book from the author and was not required to post a positive review. All thoughts are my own.
Deana0326 7 days ago
What a wonderful story that captures the hearts of two people dealing with their past and trying to make a fresh start.The author does a great job of giving us characters that are easy to relate to and scriptures that fill your soul with hope. It is easy to fall in love with Ashley and Ben as they find common ground with love of horses and wanting to help hurting people. I loved the story and the message of hope and forgiveness. The story is also a time slip which gives us a glimpse into a war that took many lives. Come join the author as two generations collide on a journey to freedom and unconditional love. I received an arc copy from the author and publisher. The review is my own opinion. "Follow God and you will never lose your way."
SunnieReviews 8 days ago
This series so far has two wonderful books. I was also lucky enough to read the first book in the series and they are both so good. This one was a contemporary book with sections of it that would go back to the years of WWII. This brought the generations together to see where they were and where they now are. The book dealt with problems that are often seen in present days regarding addictions, recovery and all that goes with that. It is interesting to read about the rescue horses and how the horses were helped and in turn helped their riders who also needed them as well. It was a beautiful story with love, understanding, spiritual growth and a great Gospel message. It was a good, realistic story that you won't soon forget. I received an ebook copy from the author and NetGalley. All thoughts are my own.
Deanne Patterson 8 days ago
Once again after reading a Robin Lee Hatcher book I have come away feeling refreshed and renewed in faith and spiritual well being. This book is amazing! The characters held my attention and before I knew it I had read the whole book. This is the second book in the Legacy of Faith series. It is a time split novel and once again the family bible has a strong connection between past and present, what a wonderful idea! Ben has forgiven himself through his faith for a reckless time period when he was younger, his ex-best friend is bitter and does not have a strong faith and can not forgive him. Ben through his faith has turned his life around and now wants to give back to troubled and disadvantaged people through his equine program he has started on the farm he has inherited from his grandfather. Ashley Showalter is his contact person to get the process started. She doesn't have the room on her property to keep many horses but she rescues and rehabilitates them. After this Ben comes in and trains them for his equine program. These two tender hearts come together in partnership with the horses but can God bring them together for a lifetime partnership ? Sweet tender romance,the words flowed beautifully in this book! Expected publication: June 25th 2019 by Thomas Nelson I was given a complimentary copy of this book. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.
ibjoy1953 8 days ago
MY THOUGHTS ON THIS BOOK I’ve been watching a TV series that focuses on horse, and deals with rescue horses as well, so I was excited to read this book. Ashley has been doing the best she can rescuing as many horses she possibly can, so when Ben Henning shows up at her small farm she was excited to meet him and find out that he is starting an equine therapy barn on his great-great-grandfather’s farm, and needs her help. This would mean not only helping more horses, but involving special children on the area and helping them as well. Though this is a beautiful story, it sure has its ups and downs, along with it’s own secrets that neither are wanting to share. Robin Lee Hatcher creates amazing characters to tell their story, and I fell in love with the two main characters, Ashley and Ben. The two were a perfect fit, but as the story unfolds, ugly secrets surface causing more stress than they imagined. And Ben’s mom and Ashley’s brother were two family members each didn’t want the other to meet. Causing problems for bother, especially Ben because his equine therapy barn could suffer. But as author Robin Lee Hatcher so expertly does, she weaves all of the goods and the bads and creates a beautiful heartwarming story that will stay with readers long after we finish this book. The cover is beautiful, the writing is uniquely amazing, the plot flows smoothly and it has an ending that will warm you within. The battles of addiction was dealt with in such a way that those reading Cross My Heart will know there is power over addiction to anything in your life. And I appreciate that the Christian life shows in the lives of the characters, in a subtel way. If you haven’t read anything from Ms. Hatcher, this could be a great introduction to her books. Why not give it a try, and be gifted with several hours of enjoyment and entertainment. A copy of this book was given to me by the author or publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are totally mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
Anonymous 8 days ago
3.5 stars "People failed people. Horses didn't." Having experienced people's failures to a greater extent than most, Ashley Showwalter has made it her mission in life to rescue horses. The big animals have always provided her with a sense of peace and contentment; it's only natural that she can't bear to see them mistreated. Ashley's own barn space is rather limited, so when a neighbor comes along seeking her advice about his vision for a equine therapy program, she jumps at the opportunity to become involved. . . . . . .she just didn't expect her heart to follow along so closely behind her head. "I just don't want you believing that you don't deserve more, that you don't deserve love and a family. God's plans are often more than we expect. We simply have to be open to them." Ben Henning has traveled the road of recovery for many of his young years. Now that he has been gifted with beautiful family property, he feels a calling to help others who are trying hard to become overcomers. Instantly attracted to Ashley Showalter's knowledge of horses and desire to help him succeed, Ben begins walking down a path that he never thought could be his; just what kind of partnership is forming. . . . and can it withstand the scrutiny of full disclosure? With Robin Lee Hatcher's easy going story-telling style, readers will grow to appreciate how the strength and the struggles of generations past can either aid or abet those upon whom they are bestowed. Yet the promise of God remains clear; "Be strong and of a good courage, be not afraid . . . .for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thought goest." I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. The opinions stated above are entirely my own.
Nicole_C 8 days ago
Cross My Heart, the second book in award-winning author Robin Lee Hatcher’s Legacy of Faith series, continues the storyline of an heirloom Bible being passed on throughout the generations of the Henning family. The recipients of Andrew Henning’s Bible are instructed to keep it until they feel that God tells them to pass it onto another family member. Robin Lee Hatcher creates an incredibly powerful dual timeline novel that deals with relevant issues in today’s society such as alcoholism, opioid addiction, and how these addictions can change people’s lives forever. In the contemporary storyline, Ben Henning receives his great-great grandfather’s Bible from his cousin Jessica, whose story was told in the first book in the series (Who I Am With You). Ben decides to start an equine therapy program with the assistance of Ashley Showalter, who rescues abused and neglected horses. The verses in the Bible help strengthen Ben’s faith during this challenging time in his life as he attempts to make amends for past mistakes. The historical storyline follows Ben’s great-great grandfather Andrew Henning and his family through the years of World War II while two of his sons fight in the war. Cross My Heart is a story of redemption, healing, and discovering God’s grace and purpose for our lives. Robin Lee Hatcher seamlessly switches between the contemporary and historical storylines, which allows readers to easily follow the journey of the Henning family through the years. Even though this is a slower-paced novel, readers will be thoroughly invested in the storyline and will be rooting for Ben and Ashley to get their happy ending. With relatable characters and real-life issues, readers will be captivated by this inspirational novel of forgiveness and hope. Cross My Heart is highly recommended for readers of contemporary romance, especially those who enjoy books by authors such as Denise Hunter, Becky Wade, and Rachel Hauck. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions expressed are mine.
Abold24 10 days ago
Every time I read Ms. Hatcher’s books I read something that obviously God needs me to hear. In her latest novel, she weaves a tale of forgiveness, letting go, and letting God lead your path and way. Even when we have made poor choices, God can use our experiences to produce good that benefits others. This story continues from her previous book from the Legacy of Faith series with Andrew Henning’s life. This is a split time book. Readers start in the late 1930’s with Andrew and his family at the brink of WWI. During our current time, readers meet Ben, Andrew’s great-great-grandson. Ben has inherited the Henning farm and is wanting to transform it into an equine therapy ranch. He finds several people interested in investing and is beginning to transform the farm. He is told to contact Ashley who rescues horses. She has the contacts to help him find horses to fill the needs of his ranch. His goal is to help others. Ben has his own fears due to what he considers his failures of the past. Ashley has her own fears due to issues from her past as well. Together they instantly become friends, but can they work through their fears to discover if there is more to their relationship? This book is a fantastic read! I highly recommend this book and the previous book in the series, Who I Am with You. You can read both as stand-alone books, but you will enjoy both. ***I was given a free electronic copy of this book from the publisher. This is my honest opinion. Even though I received this copy free, this is my own opinion.
Virginiaw 15 days ago
I loved reading this wonderful story. I loved Abby and. Ben. These characters are both slightly broken and they help each other heal. I love the side story from the past and how it connects with the present. I did not want to stop reading this book and I hope there will be more on the family from the past in the next book in the series. I received a copy of this book from the author for a fair and honest opinion that I gave of my own free will.
sandralb 15 days ago
I love this authors voice. She inspires me. I know I can count on Robin for a book that I will read long into the night. She gives us carefully crafted characters, you will genuinely care for. Ben Henning is trying to get past his mistakes from the past. He has turned his life around and wants to help others by starting an equine therapy program. He has recently inherited his grandfathers farm and he is eager to get this adventure started. He has been given the name of a horse rescuer, Ashley Showalter as a contact person. After meeting they are surprised how much they have in common. Sometimes I get lost when the author writes about duel time lines, but Robin has the stories intersect flawlessly. The second story is about Ben's great-great grandfather during WWII. I love the way there is a faith thread woven throughout Robin's novels. I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
PianoLady831 18 days ago
There’s just something special about the writing of Robin Lee Hatcher, and Cross My Heart continues the trend of spiritually uplifting stories with rich, complex characterization and emotional depth. This story of addiction, grace and redemption moves at a steady pace that allowed me to be enveloped in the rural Idaho setting and life of Ben and Ashley, as well as Andrew and Helen of generations past. Although number 2 in the series, this story easily stands alone. Hatcher excels at crafting stories that entertain while conveying a relevancy through situations and struggles that connects with all readers in some way. Ben is a recovering alcoholic who knows the grace of God firsthand, resulting in a peace, steadiness, and certainty of purpose. Ashley has been touched by addiction through her brother and is understandably guarded, trying to “fix” or control everything in her life by herself. The physical, emotional and spiritual connection between these two propels the storyline in a most satisfying way. Horses make great heroes and the field of equine therapy – broken horses helping broken people – is fascinating. Ben’s response to Ashley’s question as to why he wanted to open an equine therapy barn simply conveys it all … “The short answer to your question is God told me that’s what I’m supposed to do with the farm. Make it a place where spirits get healed and hope gets restored through the use of horses.” Faith themes are a natural part of the story, just as they should be. The “Legacy of Faith” series title is reflective of the overarching theme of a legacy of faith, exemplified in Andrew Henning’s Bible. The story of Andrew and Helen Henning in the 1940s during World War II is continued as two sons enter into the fighting, and his sustaining faith is shared when the current possessor of his heirloom Bible feels spiritually led to pass it on to another family member. Whether it be with animals or humans, rescue, healing, recovery, and the gaining/giving of trust is a slow process, and I appreciated how the reality of this process is conveyed. Cross My Heart is a wonderfully engaging story of forgiveness, healing, second chances, letting go of and not being defined by our past. I really can’t say enough good things about this story. Highly recommended. I received a copy of this book through JustRead Tours. The opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own.
FHlady 19 days ago
I really enjoyed book 1 of the A Legacy of Faith series, but Hatcher just nailed this one. You can't go wrong with realistic characters who pull at your heartstrings and then throw in dogs, horses, and Idaho farm country. Top it off then with a strong spiritual thread that is food for the soul, and you definitely have a winner. Hatcher dealt with not so common subject matter in this one since the main male character, Ben, was a recovered alcoholic/drug user who only found his way back to normality through a 12 step program, a developing faith, and a wonderful equine rehabilitation program. Now he wants to pay it back by using his grandfather' farm that has been left to him to develop his own equine rehab program. Ashley has been burned by love and has no faith, but she loves her rescue horses and buries herself in them and her waitress job. But can a connection with Ben and helping developing his equine program, lead both her and Ben to something more in life. This dual time line story flashed back to Ben's ancestors during World War II. Hatcher did an excellent job of winding the two time lines in and out of one another. I loved seeing the strength of partnership between Andrew and Helen as they faced two of their children heading off to war and a third falling in love through letter writing with a sailor who had no family. This partnership as well as the one between Ben's grandparents were both models for what Ben wanted in a relationship and marriage. Hated to see this book end, and definitely hope there will be another book in this series. **I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.
ganderson523 21 days ago
The Legacy of Faith is series with a dual timeline tying the Henning family beginning during the Depression and forward with present day cousins. In Cross My Heart, Ben Henning, a recovering alcoholic, has a dream to start an equine therapy non-profit business to help those dealing with various situations causing difficult problems-from abusive situations to drug/alcohol issues. Ashley Showalter is dealing with her own problems but her heart lies with horses, mostly rescue horses. The two get together and work on Ben's dream and help each other mutually. In Andrew and Helen Henning's life, World War II is going on and the story shows how it is affecting their family, especially those sons who are led to enlist for the service of this country. Their family is growing up and expanding. Robin Lee Hatcher is a great storyteller who is able to weave a lovely and touching story of family and faith that will stay with you long after you finish the book. I received a complimentary ARC from Thomas Nelson Publishing through NetGalley. The opinions and thoughts stated are mine only.
SusanFSF 21 days ago
"Broken horses for broken people." This is part of Ben Henning's vision for his family farm, newly named Harmony Barn. He dreams of having equine therapy to provide for those who could benefit from it. Ben receives his great-great grandfather Andrew's Bible from cousin Jessica shortly after moving to the farm. Andrew had owned this property with his wife. The story weaves back and forth between the 1940's life on the farm and World War II while focusing on Ben during his pursuit of an equine therapy program during current time. I don't care for going back and forth in time but in this story the author briefly adds to Andrew's days of the past smoothly. She keeps it interesting and I don't lose track of both stories which can be irritating. The strong threads of faith that Andrew and great-great grandson Ben live by are heartwarming and encouraging to the reader. I didn't feel preached at, just inspired by the scripture and prayers the men read, marked in the Bible or spoke. What a legacy to have an ancestors Bible to hold in hand and read his notes, see his marked verses and share his faith. Ben meets Ashley, rescuer of neglected and abused horses. He knows she is the one who is needed for the horses involved in the therapy program. There is attraction but both battle the repercussions of addiction. There's a lot of tension in the story which keeps it moving forward as both characters grow positively. I like how the author realistically included the feelings, fears and emotional scars having an addict in the family can mark a persons life. It was something I can personally relate to. This is such a good read. It was hard to put down. I did not read the first story in the series and this definitely worked as a stand alone. I want to thank the author and her publisher Thomas Nelson, for my advanced copy of the book. It is a blessing to have a book that is inspiring to anyone who chooses to read it. This is my own unsolicited opinion.
Librarycataloger 22 days ago
This new book by Robin Lee Hatcher features a dual timeline with present day Ben Henning and his great-great grandfather Andrew Henning. As I alternated between Ben and Andrew's stories, I was reminded that even as we face struggles and heartaches there is always the hope that our future will be better. There is mention of both alcohol and drug addiction and the ability to overcome them is explored, along with forgiveness and redemption. A Bible that belonged to Andrew Henning is a part of this faith-filled story and I love how God's Word is shared through this family heirloom. Horse lovers will appreciate that Ben Henning and Ashley Showalter are involved with horse rescues and an Equine therapy program and the budding romance between the two of them will definitely appeal to romance fans. Cross My Heart is an enjoyable book and I recommend it to all who like Christian themed novels. I received a complimentary copy from the author and I have chosen to share my honest opinions in this review.
Shopgirl152ny1 23 days ago
This book was wonderful! I loved seeing how Ben put into practice what he felt God wanted him to do, by opening an equine therapy barn and also working with rescue horses. He was such a wonderful character, so generous and loving, even to people who didn't deserve it. I also loved how patient he was with Ashley, wanting what was best for her even if that didn't end up being him. His relationship with his grandfather was wonderful to see, also, and I loved how wise his grandfather was. Ashley had a lot of issues to work through because of her brother and it was interesting to see her faith grow throughout the story. I feel like I was encouraged in my faith as I read this book and prayed right along with Ashley about some things I'd been dealing with. It was interesting learning about equine therapy and horse rescue; it's not a topic I see often in fiction. I also liked that this book dealt with addiction, both from a character who was in the midst of it and one who had come out the other side stronger. I also loved the split time element as the story of Ben's great-great grandpa was continued from the first book, this time set during World War II, as Ben's great-grandpa goes off to war and his family is left at home to grow food for others and pray for his safe return. The Godly wisdom shared was wonderful as the men in both time periods had such strong faith and really read their Bibles, prayed and spent time with God. This book works as a stand-alone but I recommend you read the first book as that was wonderful as well. I highly recommend this book and can't wait for the next! I received this book from the author. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions are my own.
CarolJo 23 days ago
Another great book by Robin Lee Hatcher! I loved how Ben Henning turned his life around and now wants to help others through his equine therapy program! We need more young men like Ben! I don't usually like dual time lines but the story of Ben's great grandparents during World War II is interesting too! I recommend Cross My Heart to others. I received an advance copy of Cross My Heart from the author and Thomas Nelson. This is my honest opinion.
KayleesKindofWrites 23 days ago
My Review: Genre: Romance, fiction, Christian fiction. My Rating: 5 stars. My Recommendation: 16 up for mentions of drunkenness and drugs but that's about it. My Favorite Character/s: Hmm, Ben! Both of them to be truthful. But (the main character) Ben was such a great guy, I loved getting to see his struggles and accomplishments. He was so good to Ashley and I loved seeing him with his grandfather. I also liked that he still tried to reach people he harmed... My Verse for Ben is Proverbs 22:6  Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it. (King James Version.) And this verse is all because of Ben's grandparents... Ashley was just slightly under him in place for my favorite character but only because I loved the character growth in Ben throughout the book, it was harder to see the growth in Ashley. My Thoughts: Like the first book in this series I feel in love with the characters and loved the story, plus it had dogs and horses, what not to love? And Ben taking care of Ashley was so so so so so sweet and cute! This book was a wonderful continuance of the first with Andrew's point of view and I look forward to reading many more of the author's books. I received this book in exchange for my honest review and am truly happy to provide it!
RachsRamblings 23 days ago
This is by far my favorite series by this author! A split time series with a family Bible that is the link between past and present is a terrific idea, and I love the stories that have been created. This has a wonderful plot, a slow moving relationship, terrific characters and just a really sweet story...both of them so touching. The angst and horror of war with faith as an anchor; a sordid past with faith getting him through each day. Reading the notes written by the man who relied on his faith through the war and beyond. This book will go on my forever shelves next to the first in the series. I received this book from the publisher. All opinions are my own.
Ellen-oceanside 23 days ago
CROSS. MY HEART. Robin Hatcher Ben had not lost the belief that God had given him the vision of a farm, the reality of having was when. A way to help others, and to make amends for what he did to his best friend. The name Ashley was given to him as someone who could help him. Meeting, and asking if she believed in God, which she did. She also believed in the healing of the spirit that horses give. Was interested in his equine project, and to see his set up, being agreeing to help. She knew the owners and places for the different type of horses he would need As they worked together,would forgiveness and healing from the past come. To soften hearts and love, a shared goal of helping others with horses. Beautiful story that flows with the love of God that these two share. Given ARC for my voluntary review and my honest opinion by Net Galley and Thomas Nelson.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm 23 days ago
'People failed. Horses didn't. Horses never lied.' Ben Henning and Ashley Showalter have a lot in common, one thing being they both love horse, so when Ben wants to get an equine therapy barn up and running, Ashley is very willing to help out. I loved this aspect of the story. Ben has been through a very rough time and Ashley has problems with trust, so they can both benefit from the equine therapy. Both stand in need of God's grace. He bestows that grace on His children every day. Hatcher weaves together a story of God's redemption that is heartwarming nd full of faith. Interspersed with short vignettes told by Ben's great great grandfather, this family settles into your heart and will nourish your spirit as you read. *My thanks to the publisher for a preview copy of this book via Net Galley. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.
SusanSnodgrassBookworm 23 days ago
'People failed. Horses didn't. Horses never lied.' Ben Henning and Ashley Showalter have a lot in common, one thing being they both love horse, so when Ben wants to get an equine therapy barn up and running, Ashley is very willing to help out. I loved this aspect of the story. Ben has been through a very rough time and Ashley has problems with trust, so they can both benefit from the equine therapy. Both stand in need of God's grace. He bestows that grace on His children every day. Hatcher weaves together a story of God's redemption that is heartwarming nd full of faith. Interspersed with short vignettes told by Ben's great great grandfather, this family settles into your heart and will nourish your spirit as you read. *My thanks to the publisher for a preview copy of this book via Net Galley. All opinions expressed here are entirely my own.