Wednesday, September 28, 2011




Can two bitter pasts make one sweet future?

In the high desert town of Frenchman’s Bluff, Idaho, Felicia Kristoffersen has set out to create a future for herself that is better than her painful past. Alone in the world with only her faith to sustain her, she must prove herself as this tiny community’s new school teacher. She cannot, must not, fail. But there are those who never wanted her there to begin with.

Five years after the death of his wife, local merchant Colin Murphy cares about just one thing: raising his daughter, Charity. Colin wants to give her the educational advantages he never had. The new schoolmarm’s inexperience doesn’t sit well with him, and if this teacher up and marries like the last one did, Charity’s heart will be broken once again.

A woman who hasn’t known love. A man who lost the love he had.

In the midst of the wide, sage-covered plains, each is about to discover that life’s bitterest circumstances truly can work together for good.

My Review:
This one is pure love story -- rhe kind of book where romance takes center stage all the way through. There's no bank robbers to catch, no kidnapping to foil, no villains to outsmart...and it makes for a refreshing change!  Hatcher has perfected her craft and spins an unforgettable tale about overcoming the past in favour of accepting the promises of the future. It's a tough road for both hero and heroine, both memorable characters who resonated with me.

Colin had my sympathies from the start -- both because of his past and because of his unwilling attraction to the new school teacher. It was fun to watch him fight that -- to struggle to keep his distance and his gruff demeanor. Hatcher didn't let him get away with it for long though and I loved the way the romance developed.

Felicia is spunky and funny and so terribly determined to find a place that she can call home. She has such high hopes for her first teaching position and is thrilled at the welcome she receives from most of the community. However Mrs. Summerville is a negative force to be reckoned with -- the kind of character you love to hate and want to smack upside the head a time or two! LOL. Thankfully Felicia and Colin prevail against her in the end but not without some angst.

Belonging is a lovely historical romance that will tug at your heart and stay there long after you've read the last page.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like to win a copy of Belonging by Robin Lee Hatcher please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. Make sure to put the title in your subject line. The draw will be held and winner announced on Sundary October 2. Open internationally.


  1. Thank you so much for the chance to win this. This looks like an amazing book. I would love to read this. Thanks again.


  2. I love the ones with memorable characters!

    Please enter me
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  3. Please enter me for this one. I just loved Robin Hatcher's last series!! Wonderful books:) Thanks for the chance at winning.


    Also, my copy of The Promise of an Angel arrived. Can't wait to start reading:) Thank you!!

  4. I haven't read any of this author's romances, but I would love to! Thank you for the contest!

  5. Charity -- glad the book arrived safe and sound. And yes, Robin writes wonderful books!

    Carrie -- you're in for a treat. Good luck!

  6. I love Robin's books; she is a fantastic writer.
    I think I have read everything she has written. I would love to be entered for this one! Thanks!!!

  7. I've read several of Robin's books and enjoyed them. "Belonging" sounds like another good one.
    Thanks for hosting the giveaway.


  8. This book sounds great. I enjoy Robin Hatcher's writing. Thanks for the giveaway.

    sweetdarknectar at gmail dot com

  9. Robin writes wonderful stories, "Belonging" sounds like it will be another terrific read. Thanks for a chance to win it!
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  10. Jackie -- you're right -- Robin's books are fantastic. I haven't read all of them, but I've read enough to recognize quality!

    Your welcome, Pam. Good luck!

    Goos luck, Amy!

    Merry -- Robin excels at what she does, doesn't she? Good luck!

  11. This sounds like it would be a great read. Can you please enter my name in the draw.

    zabook at

    Thanks for the opportunity.

  12. Even without knowing what the story is about, the cover already catches my interest. I do like that one man gets to find love again. That is always heartwarming.

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