In a small town in Idaho's idyllic wine country where the past looms large, can two people realize their individual dreams for the future . . . together?
Abandoned once too often, Brooklyn Meyers never intended to return to Thunder Creek, Idaho. Her hometown holds too many memories of heartache and rejection. But when her estranged husband Chad Hallston dies and leaves his family home and acreage to her and their ten-year-old daughter Alycia, it's an opportunity to change their lives for the better—a chance Brooklyn can't pass up, for Alycia's sake if not her own.
Derek Johnson, Chad's best friend since boyhood, isn't keen on the return of Brooklyn Meyers to Thunder Creek. He still blames her for leading his friend astray. And now she has ruined his chance to buy the neighboring ten acres that would have allowed him to expand his organic farm. To add insult to injury, Chad's dying request was that Derek become the father to Alycia that Chad never was. How can he keep that promise without also spending time with the girl's mother?
Brought together by unexpected circumstances, Derek and Brooklyn must both confront challenges to their dreams and expectations. He must overcome long held misconceptions about Brooklyn, while she must learn to trust someone other than herself. And if they can do it, they just might discover that God has something better in mind than either of them ever imagined.
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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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You'll Think Of Me
By Robin Lee Hatcher
Thomas NelsonCopyright © 2017 Robin Lee Hatcher
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Brooklyn Myers sat on the narrow stretch of lawn beside the brick apartment building, watching her ten-year-old daughter. On this balmy Saturday afternoon, Alycia lay on her stomach in the grass while reading a book they'd checked out at the library that morning. Reading, thanks to the public library, was one habit that Brooklyn not only approved of but could afford to encourage. When a mother and child survived on a waitress's salary, toys and other gadgets were a luxury. As was most everything else.
A headache threatened, and Brooklyn closed her eyes, rubbing her temples with her fingertips. Thank goodness she didn't have to work today. She'd put in a lot of overtime in recent weeks and was in need of rest. Rest that always seemed just out of reach.
"Brooklyn?" Esther Peterman called from the second-story landing. "May I join you?"
Brooklyn looked toward the stairwell. "Of course."
The rail-thin woman f lashed one of her brave smiles before slowly heading down the final f light of stairs, a folded lawn chair clasped in one hand. She was only in her late forties, but she moved as if she were eighty.
Brooklyn's heart clenched at the sight. As far as she was concerned, Esther was — and had always been — a godsend. She couldn't begin to imagine how she and Alycia would have managed over the past decade without this kindly neighbor. Or how they were going to manage without her in the future.
Her temples throbbed, the headache full blown now.
Esther arrived at her side and unfolded the lawn chair. "What a beautiful day."
"I couldn't agree more." Brooklyn tilted her face toward the sun, hoping its warmth would ease the pain in her head — and in her heart.
When Esther spoke again, she sounded wistful. "I suppose San Diego will be just as lovely."
"I'm sure it will be. And you'll be with your family."
"Yes." Her friend drew a long breath and let it out on a sigh. "But they might as well be strangers. I haven't seen my cousins in years."
Brooklyn reached over and took hold of Esther's hand, gently squeezing it with her own. "I wish ...," she began, then let the rest go unsaid.
"I know, Brooklyn. I know."
Esther Peterman was the first person Brooklyn had met when she moved into this low-income apartment building over ten years ago. She'd been eighteen, pregnant, and all alone in a strange city. Chad Hallston, her husband of only a few months, had left Brooklyn soon after learning they were to have a baby. Esther and her husband, Joshua, had become the closest thing to family Brooklyn had ever known. But prostate cancer had taken Joshua, age sixty, three years earlier, and now bone cancer was taking Esther.
It seemed so unfair.
"God has this," Esther said softly. "I'll be all right, and so will the two of you."
Brooklyn swallowed the lump in her throat.
"Have you found someone to watch Alycia when you're at work?"
She shrugged, unwilling for Esther to take on that worry.
But honesty wouldn't allow her to leave it alone, and finally she shook her head.
"I'll keep praying." Esther spoke with confidence, although her voice was weak. "God knows what you need. He will provide."
Real faith was another blessing from Esther. Before meeting her, all Brooklyn had known were rules, restrictions, and God's wrath. She'd lived in expectation of the Almighty slapping her down whenever she displeased Him — which she had been guaranteed to do on a daily basis. That was the God Brooklyn had learned from her father. But Esther had introduced her to a God who loved her, to a Savior who had willingly died for her, to a Spirit who renewed her mind and gave her strength.
"It's going to be all right." Now it was Esther's turn to squeeze Brooklyn's hand. "You'll see."
From behind them came a male voice. "Hey. Are one of you ladies named Myers?"
Brooklyn twisted in her lawn chair. "I am."
"Got a delivery for you." He held up a legal-sized overnight envelope. "Need you to sign for it."
Brooklyn frowned, unable to imagine any reason for express mail. She wasn't behind on her rent or her cell phone bill. Her few friends lived right here in Reno, and she never shopped online.
"Are you sure it's for me?" she asked as she stood.
The young man, dressed in a cotton shirt and shorts, looked at the large envelope again. "Brooklyn Myers. M-ye-rs. Apartment 12B."
Alycia appeared at her side. "What've you got, Mom?"
"I don't know," she answered her daughter. Then to the deliveryman she said, "That's me." She walked toward the breezeway where he stood, Alycia following along.
He handed her the stylus, then held the device toward her. She scribbled her name on the small screen, hoping it wasn't required that it actually look like her signature.
"Here you go." He took back the stylus and replaced it with the envelope.
"Thank you." She watched him stride toward the parking lot.
"What is it, Mom?" Alycia asked again.
"I'm not sure. Just a lot of papers, it feels like."
"Oh." Disappointment laced the word before her daughter returned to the grass and her book.
Brooklyn's gaze lowered to the sender's address on the thick envelope. Hodges, Thurber, and Williams, Attorneys-at-Law, Miami, Florida. Why would some lawyer in Florida send her overnight mail? Her stomach clenched with sudden nervousness as she flipped the envelope over.
* * *
Thunder Creek, Idaho
Derek Johnson stopped at the northeast corner of his three-acre farm. Since buying the property six years earlier, he'd slowly cultivated more and more of it, changing the land from pasture to neat rows of vegetables. In addition, a small apple orchard — six trees planted by a previous owner — sat in the northwest corner of the property. Eventually, he planned to expand the orchard, adding more apple trees and other kinds of fruit as well. Maybe next year.
In the beginning he'd sold his produce on weekends from booths at farmers' markets or from the back of his pickup at popular spots along the highway. But for the last two growing seasons, after receiving his organic certification, he'd been able to sell direct to a couple of small-town grocery stores. It had definitely made his life easier and his income slightly more certain.
One of his favorite books on the subject of organic gardening for profit said it was possible, if done properly, to make a living of sixty thousand dollars or more per year on one and a half acres. Perhaps that was true, but as of yet he wasn't finding it that profitable. Besides, he wanted more than simply to make a living. He wanted to expand, to experiment, to offer the best produce available in this county and the ones surrounding it.
His gaze shifted to the neighboring land. All ten acres of the Hallston property lay in a tangle of weeds and bare ground. There was so much he'd be able to do with those additional acres once they were his. Another six months and he should have the down payment required by the bank.
"Lord willin' and the creek don't rise," he muttered to himself.
Impatience welled up inside him. What he wouldn't give to be able to buy that land now, to be able to expand his operation this growing season rather than next. He longed for the day he could quit working as a part-time sheriff 's deputy and call himself a full-time farmer. But both of those dreams were on hold for now.
He sighed, consciously letting go of his frustration. At least Chad Hallston wasn't in a hurry to sell. His best friend from childhood had promised to wait until Derek had the down payment. True, it was taking longer for that to happen than either of them had expected. But the last time they'd spoken — more than nine months ago — Chad had assured Derek he would continue to wait. "Take as long as you need. The house has sat empty all these years. Another one or two won't matter."
Derek avoided looking at the two-story Hallston house with its boarded-up windows and faded yellow paint. He didn't understand why Chad had stayed away all of these years, letting the house go to ruin after his parents' tragic deaths. But then there were a lot of things about Chad that Derek didn't understand. His old friend had become almost a stranger to him over the years — a change that had started when Chad became involved with Brooklyn Myers.
With a shake of his head, he turned away from the neighboring property and headed toward the pasture where his two horses and the calf he raised for beef grazed on shoots of spring grass. In his head he heard his dad's voice: "Why on earth do you want to give up being a deputy for farming? What did you go to college for if all you're going to do is dig in the dirt? You could be elected sheriff, given a few more years' experience. You would be a shoo-in."
He stopped, leaned down, and scooped freshly turned soil into one hand, bringing it to his nose and breathing in. He loved the smell of it. Healthy. Rich. Life giving. The way dirt was supposed to smell. It indicated the kind of earth that could produce foods rich in nutrients and flavor. Flavor that had been stripped from most of the produce available in grocery stores today. That was just one reason he'd decided to become an organic farmer.
As for leaving the sheriff 's department? His dad was right. There were plenty of reasons to stay. He liked helping people. He liked the men and women he worked with. He didn't mind the danger that could come with the job — although real danger was rare in these parts.
But there were a number of good reasons to leave, a number of things he disliked about police work. What he hated most were the domestic dispute calls. Even in a county full of farmers, vineyards, and churchgoing folks, the deputies had to answer too many of those calls to suit Derek. Seeing the underbelly of the place he loved wasn't how he wanted to spend his life. He'd rather work the land.
The sound of car wheels crunching on gravel drifted toward him, and he turned away from the pasture. Beyond one of the sheds, he glimpsed his grandmother's car rolling to a stop. With a grin, he waved. "Hey, Gran," he called as he walked over.
His grandmother, Ruth Johnson, was a slender, spry woman in her seventies. Somewhat of an institution in Thunder Creek after more than fifty years as the wife of the town's physician, Ruth had come to the small town in western Idaho as a new bride. She and Derek's grandfather, Walter Johnson, had raised two sons and one daughter in a rambling Victorian house one block north of Main Street. Pappy had delivered most everyone Derek knew who was under the age of fifty and had set more bones and cured more fevers than anybody could count. Widowed for several years, Gran still lived in the same big house but had turned the attached doctor's offices into a tea and gift shop — a popular gathering place for the entire community.
His grandmother was out of the car by the time he drew close, and she greeted him with a kiss on one cheek, followed by a pat of her hand on the other. "How are you, dear?"
"Not working today?"
He shook his head, still smiling. "I'm always working, Gran. You know that."
"Yes, I do know that. I meant the job that pays."
"My little farm pays. Not much yet, but it pays. I didn't do too bad last year, remember? And now that I've got my organic certification, I expect to do even better." He glanced toward his fields. "I was just walking around, making some mental notes of things to do differently this season." He took hold of his grandmother's arm and steered her toward the back door of his house. "So, tell me what brought you out this way."
"Do I have to have a reason to visit my grandson?"
"Of course not," he answered — although he knew good and well she had one. He could see it in her eyes.
Inside, Gran settled onto the padded rocking chair beside the large living-room window.
"You want something cold to drink?" Derek offered.
"Oh, no need. I have a bottled water I've been sipping on." She patted her purse.
"Fair enough." He sat on the sofa and allowed her to guide their conversation wherever she wanted.
First they talked about his parents. His dad's job had transferred him from Nampa, Idaho, to Southern California over eight years before. Both his dad and mom loved living near the ocean, and ever since then they'd been after Derek to relocate too. He wasn't inclined to do so, no matter how much they raved about the great weather and ocean breezes. His roots went down too deep into the Idaho soil.
"I notice they haven't convinced you to move either," he said to Gran.
Her airy laughter filled the room "Your dad knows better than to try that with me. This is my home, and it's where I intend to stay until they bury me next to your grandfather."
"Which will be a long, long, long time from now."
"God willing." Her smile faded and she cleared her throat, clueing him in that they were finally getting around to the reason for her visit. "Have you talked to Hank McLean today?"
Derek cocked an eyebrow. "No. Why?" Hank was one of the full-time deputies with the sheriff's department and a close friend and mentor of Derek's.
"I saw Fran Tompkins at the market this morning."
Before Gran said another word, he knew what was coming next.
"She was sporting a black eye."
His gut tightened. "Sorry to hear that."
"I just wondered if Hank knew about ... about this latest event."
"Gran, there isn't anything he can do — that any of us can do — as long as Fran continues to lie about what her husband's doing. She always protects Mac. She always denies he's done anything to her."
"I know. But Hank's her cousin and a deputy. I thought maybe he —"
"I know." She sighed. "I know. If only she would confide in someone."
Derek wished the same, but before he could think of anything comforting or encouraging to say, the doorbell rang. He rose to answer it.
A FedEx driver stood on the front stoop, an envelope in hand. "You Mr. Johnson? Derek Johnson?"
"Here." He held out a small electronic device. "Need you to sign for it."CHAPTER 2
Chad was dead.
Brooklyn stared at the three-page letter from the attorney in Miami and tried to make sense of what it said in the first paragraph. The rest was still unread because the first sentences contained a revelation she could hardly wrap her head around. Chad was dead. At the age of thirty-two, Chad was dead. Something about his heart.
The sorrow that welled up inside surprised her. She'd stopped loving her husband long ago. For a while she'd even hated him. But by the time ten years of silence had rolled by, he'd become nothing to her but distant memories. And yet she ached at the news of his death. In her mind he remained the boy who'd made her feel noticed and valued and, for a while, loved. Yes, he'd broken her heart in the end. But she'd never wished him dead.
And now he was.
She didn't know how or when or why Chad had ended up in Florida. She didn't know what he'd done for a living or if he'd thought of divorcing the girl he'd eloped with, married, and then abandoned in Reno. Had he regretted never knowing his own daughter? Had he even known if the baby she'd carried was a boy or a girl? Had it mattered to him how Brooklyn had struggled to survive, first on her own, then with an infant? Had he given them any thought at all until now?
Seated nearby in Brooklyn's small apartment, Esther let out a long breath and looked up from the thick packet of papers that had accompanied the letter. Her eyes were wide. "Brooklyn, he left you a house. For Alycia."
"A house?" Confusion filled her head, like a jar filled with cotton. She stared at Esther, the letter in her hand momentarily forgotten in lieu of this new puzzle. "What do you mean, a house?"
"A house. In Idaho." Esther reviewed some wording, then held the papers toward Brooklyn. "It looks like it was his ... parents' house?"
"His parents' house." Even to herself, her voice sounded wooden, inflectionless. Unbidden, her thoughts flew across the miles. Idaho ... Thunder Creek ... A chill shivered up her spine.
Esther noted the reaction and frowned. "Do you know the house?"
Large. Beautiful. Sunny. Warm. How could she forget it?
"I know it."
Her friend and her surroundings momentarily forgotten, Brooklyn pictured Mrs. Hallston in the bright, airy kitchen, frilly curtains framing the window over the sink. She heard the woman's laughter, so full of joy. She remembered the way Mr. Hallston had taken his wife in his arms one Sunday afternoon and danced her around the kitchen as if it were a ballroom. She remembered the tenderness in his eyes.
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Brooklyn Myers never intended to return to her hometown of Thunder Creek, Idaho, but God seemed to have different plans. When her husband whom she has been separated from dies and leaves his family home and property to her and her daughter, she sees it as the perfect opportunity to give her daughter a better life. However, Derek Johnson, who was her estranged husband's best friend since childhood, is not exactly thrilled with the idea of Brooklyn and her daughter coming back to live next door, especially since it means he may not be able to buy the land he wanted so bad. As their paths continue to cross, and they get to know each other better, an attraction builds, but they both have some obstacles to overcome, and Brooklyn must get over her past and learn to trust again. This was a beautifully written, captivating story; I didn't want to put the book down. You'll fall in love with the characters and be rooting for them each step of the way. Rooting for Brooklyn to stand up for herself, to learn to trust men again, and to give Derek a chance. If you love a good romance, this is one you should read! **I received this book free from the publisher through the Fiction Guild program in exchange for review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all thoughts and opinions are my own.
Brooklyn Myers has had more heartache than a person should have; and then her husband dies. A husband who left her and their child. She learns he has left them with a house and land, something that definitely surprises her. Brooklyn sees this as a second chance. Derek Johnson is not happy. Not only did Brooklyn steal his best friend from him but she is now also the owner of the land he has been planning and saving to buy. Can each of them let go of the past and give themselves another chance at friendship? Maybe even love? I started reading the book but was unable to finish it. As hard as I tried I could not get myself into the story. The characters were difficult for me to connect with and the story felt dragging to me. *I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and the Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are my own thoughts and I have not been compensated financially in any way.*
The author the characters so real in this book, I felt I was watching a movie, or looking at real life. My heart broke for the young Brooklyn, all that happened to her, and then she raises a wonderful daughter, really correcting all the wrong parenting that happened to her. We find the difference is that she has become a Christian, and she really lives her faith. A childhood friend, or acquaintance, comes to her rescue as she returns to Thunder Creek, Idaho, and you can see how he, Derek, is disappointed and yet happy to see her. We see how he didn’t like her as a child or young teen with his best friend becoming closer to Brooklyn, he was loosing his friend, and then when he again looses his hopeful land. Oh dear! Brooklyn’s daughter Alycia is delightful, and at ten going on twenty, she is a child and yet she has a lot of compassion, and is there for others. This story has so much going for it, and I hated to see it end, but there is another book coming, a stand alone, but set right here in Thunder Creek! You don’t want to miss this sweet read, a real enjoyment!
An enjoyable read. Brooklyn never intended to return to her hometown but when her estranged husband dies and leaves her and their daughter his homeplace she decides to move there so Alycia will have a home. Will Brooklyn be able to move back home and move past her bad memories? Will her neighbor be able to accept her living there and carry out what his best friends and Brooklyn's deceased husband asks of him? A good read with a few twists.
This is such a beautiful story filled with the angst of rejection and being a single mother. Past hurts shape us and our preconceived notions that put others in the same box without giving them a chance. This story shows how letting go and letting God work in our lives for His perfect plan can be so much better. I loved the character development and the tenderness of the story. We all need people like Ruth Johnson in our lives when we are hurting. These characters and setting keep you engaged and wanting more. Have a few tissues as you empathize with young Alycia, as she struggles with wanting a father figure in her life. Emotional read that stays with you, as Robin Lee Hatcher draws you in and you don't want to leave. I received a complimentary copy from Thomas Nelson & Zondervan Fiction Guild. The honest review and opinions are my own and were not required.
After reading a few suspense novels and Amish stories, I was ready for a lighter read. And You'll think of Me came as a nice surprise. It's been awhile since I've read a story by Robin Lee Hatcher. But I embarked on a reading journey of love, forgiveness and redemption. Poor Brooklyn Myers has had quite a life of disappointments and not many closures. When her estranged husband, Chad Hallston, dies and leaves her and their daughter the family home in Idaho Brooklyn knows that she and her daughter, Alycia, must go home. But as all things are in life it isn't easy going back. For one thing, Derek Johnson, her estranged husband's good friend, is not happy to see her return. He blames her for leading his good friend down a "bad path." However, as life would have it, Derek and Brooklyn do meet up and must come to terms with life. Life is full of choices and sometimes one choice is to either live with bitterness or enjoy forgiveness. *This book was provided by the Fiction Guild*
My mom and aunt read this book they said it was really good now im going to read it
This was an ok read. I never felt truly connected to the characters. There were a lot of explanations of day to day events that didn't seem to enhance or help the story along. The romance felt forced and I never felt that they really like each other. By the end, I was skimming through it so I could be done with it. I received a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
Robin Lee Hatcher's You'll Think of Me is a moving love story, but it is also so much more. Brooklyn and Derek each have many challenges from their past to overcome. Brooklyn must learn to trust, not an easy thing for her after a history of multiple rejections. She is primarily focused on providing a better life for her young daughter, mostly in her own strength, leaving little room in her future for any romantic involvement. Derek has to overcome some past perceptions and present disappointments that threaten his plans for the future before opening himself to the possibility of a serious relationship. Robin has created characters with real-life issues that many readers can identify with. Loss, rejection, and emptiness are dealt with through kindness, love, and faith to make a beautiful story that was a joy to read. At the end of the book, the author adds a note and an excerpt from a paper she wrote a few years ago relative to one of the important themes of the story -- "daddyless daughters." Her personal story and informative message add an element that takes your thinking past just the pleasure of another good story. I highly recommend this story to anyone interested in a heartwarming story of what can be when love is given a chance. Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for providing a copy of You'll Think of Me. I was delighted to express my own thoughts through this review.
I was looking for a new author and had high hopes for this book. The description did not mention that this was a Christian book. Nothing against it but not my thing. It was a waste of nine dollars for me.
I had a lot of fun reading this book. Whenever I pick up a book by Robin Lee Hatcher I know I am in for a treat. You'll Think of Me was one of those books. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and find myself hoping I'll get to visit them again soon. It was interesting seeing a female character with an imperfect family. I also liked that Brooklyn didn't let her past keep her down. This book follows Brooklyn and Derek as they get to know each other and find out that what they thought they knew might not be true. Brooklyn hasn't had an easy life. Knowing that what she went through gave her Alycia, she wouldn't change it for anything. That being said, she wouldn't mind better relationships now, if that's possible. The kindness of the people in town take her off guard, and she begins to wonder if her hometown is not as bad as she remembers. Derek her next door neighbor is one of those who seem different than what she thought. Brooklyn isn't afraid of hard work, and seeing her strength impresses Derek. Can they get to know each other as friends and start fresh? Or will the past disrupt what could have been? I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Contemporary Fiction. My interest was kept the whole time, and I couldn't wait to see what was going to happen. I am excited to see what Hatcher comes up with next. I received a copy of this book from Thomas Nelson in exchange for my honest opinion. All opinions expressed are my own.
My Thoughts: I love Ms. Hatcher's writing style. She is one that will pull you in from the very first page. She'll grip you, captivate you and keep you in the center of the story and not let you go until you've turned the last page. Sitting there reflecting on what you've just read. Her writing never bores the reader and keeps them highly entertained and filled with lots of emotions! I loved sweet Brooklyn. Bless her, she is broken and doesn't know who to trust or how. My heart wept for her on more than one occasion! Seeing her with her daughter and what she's trying to do really pulled at me. When she learned of what her estranged husband did, it was a whirlwind of ups and downs as I followed Brooklyn to Thunder Creek. Derek's character is one I'm not sure whether I love or hate. Maybe a little of both. He was put off with Brooklyn in the beginning and I wanted to throttle him more than once! But, Ms. Hatcher redeemed Derek's character for me when promises were revealed and by the end of the story I was in love! If you want a story filled with heartache, redemption, and characters that are true to life, then please, look no further! Ms. Hatcher's You'll Think Of Me will captivate you like no other. This is definitely a 5 star book that is going in my top 5 reads for 2017! Bravo to you, Ms. Hatcher! *I received a complimentary copy of this book from Booklook Blogger Program and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.*
This was an easy, laid back read. The setting is set in a slower pace Idahoan small town where everyone knows everyone. While I really could not connect with the characters and there were a few pet peeves peppered throughout the book, I did find it to be an enjoyable story. Happy ever after is what one would expect and it doesn't disappoint. The faith thread is strong. The writing is sound. The one problem to me is the rags-to-riches style of story in this book. I would have preferred that the characters stayed more down to earth. But.... it was a good story that held many positive points and would be sure to delight many readers.
What a well written beautiful story! There are layers and layers of real life in this story. Abandonment, abuse, betrayal and loss, but love, respect, kindness, and most of all redemption. This is a story of lives redeemed and love lavished. Once I started reading I couldn't stop. It's a story you stay up way too late at night to just keep reading! I couldn't put it down. I had a feeling I knew how it would end but was pleasantly surprised by some twists and turns. I was hoping there would be a little bit of conflict and I wasn't disappointed. A story can't be all flowers and sunshine after all! Characters were developed well and plot was woven beautifully. I would love to read more about these characters!
Robin Lee Hatcher has been a "go-to" author for me for a LOT of years. (We won't mention how many...) She never, ever disappoints. You'll Think of Me is the latest example of this. Anytime a book sucks me in and keeps me reading - barely stopping for sleep - it has to be pretty exceptional. I started this book yesterday afternoon, snatched 5 hours of sleep, and finished it this morning. Brooklyn Myers has spent her life feeling abandoned and unloved. Her mom walked out and left her with an abusive father, the husband she chose abandoned her as soon as he learned he was going to be a father, and even the friend she made who led her to the Lord is being taken from her by cancer. She is stunned to receive the news that her husband has died. In his death he has finally stepped up, acknowledged his fatherhood and left 10 acres plus a house in Thunder Creek, Idaho to his wife. Derek Johnson has a dream to expand his three acre organic to a self-sustaining organic farm. To do that he needs his friend Chad Hallston to make good on his promise to sell his family's 10 acres to him. When Chad dies instead and leaves the land to his "wife", Derek's disappointment knows no bounds. Chad's final letter to Derek explains some of his reasoning and asks his best friend for one last favor: be the father figure to my daughter that I never was. Can Derek put aside his dislike for Brooklyn and focus on her daughter? The more Brooklyn compares Derek to Chad, the more she sees Derek's honor. As the two spend time working on her house, they both start to see that their past may not have been exactly like they remember it. Can she really make a home for her daughter in a place where she always felt like an unloved outsider? Can he see that the woman he thought he knew is NOT the same Brooklyn who left Thunder Creek all those years ago? I loved that Brooklyn was willing to do anything she could to give her daughter a better life than she'd had. Her confrontations with her father were gut-wrenching but necessary to her heart's healing. I also loved how obvious it was from the beginning of the book that God had stepped into her life and called her His own. Her faith wavers periodically. Whose wouldn't faced with her trials? I also loved how strong and secure Alycia is. She has no fear, a trait her mother could have easily passed on. Pick this one up if you love Christian romance.
You’ll Think of Me was packed with emotion! I loved the two main characters, Brooklyn and Derek, as well as Brooklyn’s daughter, Alycia. The author really captured the feelings of these individuals and wove a story that I could hardly set down. I simply couldn’t stop turning the pages to find out what would happen next! I liked that Brooklyn and Derek had a past, although not a romantic one. They knew each other from their teenage years. I felt for both of them as they began to get to know each other as adults and neighbors. Brooklyn really struggled with trusting men. Based on the events in her life, it was completely understandable. I thought that she was a strong and resilient woman and a great mom. I found her very likable. Derek was also a great character. I appreciated that he, at first, struggled with frustration over the situation that he found himself in. Then, I loved watching as his heart was changed about so many things. I also loved the small town setting! This was a truly wonderful contemporary romance from the first page to the last. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
I have been reading Robin Hatcher's books for a very, very long time and I've never been disappointed in one. Not a one. My all time favorite of hers and one that has been read more than once is The Shepherd's Voice. This one, set in Idaho, is another wonderful addition to her impressive arsenal of books. Hatcher always writes with a great depth of emotion and stirring spiritual elements and lessons for the reader to take away. This one included how believers deal with fear and rejection. Fear is something I struggle with and it ministered to me. I was in tears during one scene. I truly enjoyed this book. When I see Robin Lee Hatcher has a new book, I'm always looking forward to reading it. *I was given a preview copy of this book from the publisher via Net Galley. My opinions are my own and honest.
Brooklyn's the girl that never fit in and always wanted more, more friends more family more love. When she finds herself heading back to her home town she wonders if this is the right choice. Will she ever learn to trust men or will they continue to let her down? Derek was promised something from his best friend but it seems his friend had other promises he would have Derek keep in his death. Derek has his own thoughts and feelings of Brooklyn but when she shows up in town he is torn he knows he needs to help her because thats the way he was raised but he also wants to avoid her for his own reasons as well. Will he be able to continue to focus on his farm and his job and keep as far away or will he keep Chad's promise? I Loved this book. I loved the fun characters of this story and how enjoyable and relatable they were. I also enjoyed the small town life how everyone knows everyone and will help no matter what and will always welcome newcomers. I also loved how the story flowed and it draws you in and keeps you going through out. I will say that I did find two parts very predictable but still very enjoyable. I loved how the author used real tough situations in the story that really got to you and got you thinking. This book is amazing and so worth the read and could not put it down.
You'll Think of Me is such a tender story! This story tells the importance fathers play in their daughter's lives and the hole that is left without a father's love. I have enjoyed all of Robin Hatcher's books but this may be my favorite! I received my e-book through Net Galley. This is my honest opinion.
Once again, Robin Lee Hatcher delivers above and beyond our high expectations as she hits social problems head-on. Her characters, Brooklyn and Derek, have depth, flaws we can identify with, and a wounded hope that made me cheer for them to get together. I’m loving the feel of Idaho country and Thunder Creek. This is a great read! Don’t miss it.