Friday, May 3, 2019

Who I Am With You

GIVEAWAY
HATCHER, ROBIN LEE
WHO I AM WITH YOU

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, unsuspected 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 wronged them, 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.

My Review:

I might have exploded into a tilt-a-whirl of bookish euphoria when I discovered a sheltie heroine in this story. Don't worry, there's a human one as well, but bear with me for a moment. I've been owned by four shelties  in my lifetime and I might be considered a bit sheltie-centric. I've often lamented the absence of my favourite breed in my fiction. Labs, poodles, terriers, mutts -- I've read 'em all but nary a sheltie until now! And that makes me ridiculously happy. :-)

And so does this story -- though we wade through some dark waters on our way to resolution and hope. Both Jessica and Ridley have chosen isolation as a way to cope with the crisis and pain in their lives and it's that aforementioned sheltie that builds the bridge between them. :-) The grief and despair is tangible and sometimes I felt gutted and enraged on behalf of these characters. But there are sweet moments too as they cautiously venture into friendship. And then emotions run high (mine included) as friendship develops into something deeper.

There's a secondary timeline  featuring Jessica's great-grandfather which the author has expertly woven around the contemporary story. I loved the glimpse into the Depression era and that a family bible links Jessica to her past. A beautiful example of the legacy of faith that can survive generations.

GIVEAWAY OPPORTUNITY:

If you would like a chance to win a copy of Who I Am With You, leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If add an email to your comment, remember to use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in order to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email, please add the title to the subject line so it's easy to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Saturday May 4 2019. Offer open to International Readers. Good luck!

31 comments:

  1. I love Robin's books! This is first book I have read via audio....great. My library carries it.
    And yes, Kav, the sheltie made me happy, too!

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    1. This is a library copy too -- but the print version. Gotta love our libraries. Mine is getting more Christian Fiction in audio as well which I love.

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  2. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  3. What's not to love about a Robin Hatcher book? And a sweet pup to bind two people together?

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    1. A sweet SHELTIE pup!!!! lol Good luck, Trixi!

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  4. Sounds like another winner from Robin Hatcher!
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    1. Does she write anything but winners?! Good luck, Melanie!

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  5. Always love reading your reviews. cheetahthecat1986ATgmailDOTcom

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  6. I've had my eye on this one for a bit! Looking forward to reading this story!

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    1. And the next book comes out in a month. Woot! Good luck, Melissa!

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  7. Any story is enhanced with a furry friend, isn't it? I am smiling about you and your Shelties! Combine a sweet dog and Robin Hatcher's storytelling ability, plus a dual timeline, and it sounds like another winner for this author! I always come away with lessons learned. Thanks!

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    1. lol I am enamored with the dog! And yes, Robin Lee Hatcher is a master storyteller. Good luck, CC!

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  8. I really loved this one, my book twin. Happy dancing 💃

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    1. I'm always up for a twinning happy dance!

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  9. I liked the inclusion of the family Bible, too!
    (No need to enter me in the giveaway.)

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    1. Isn't that a great link between past and present?

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  10. Robin's books are the best! Love to read this!
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  11. This sounds like a good one, Kav. Count me in, please.
    Thanks for the review and the chance.

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  12. I know from personal experience that sometimes you have to go to the darkest places before you can see how bright the rainbow is. Jessica and Ridley sound like they have been there and are starting to see the wonderful colors. I'd love the opportunity to read their journey forward which sounds like an amazing love story. Well, it has to be with the help of one certain sheltie from what your review says. :)

    How wonderful to weave in the great grandfather and faith into the story. I would love seeing how that is done as well.

    Thanks you bring this wonderful sounding book to my attention and for the chance to win a copy!
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    1. You'll love this one, Kay. Good luck!

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  13. I'm curious about how Jessica's great-grandfather's story is woven in. turtle6422 at gmail dot com

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    1. It's beautifully done. Good luck, Jana!

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  14. I need to read another Robin Lee Hatcher. It’s been a while. paulams49ATsbcglobalDOTnet

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  15. Robin's Books Always Sound So Good 👍
    Thanks for the chance to win 😃💖😍💗
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  16. This sounds really good thanks for the chance.

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