Sunday, February 7, 2016

Put a smile on my heart -- Keeper of the Stars

Robin Lee Hatcher put a smile on my heart with her latest book -- Keeper of the Stars. Even when following the characters through struggles of of guilt, blame, and uncertainty, there was always the sense that things were going to come to some good point of resolution.  And the "take-it-easy" pace of the story added to the sense of enjoyment I had as I read.

When Penny and Trevor met, they were both dealing with questions and hurts in their own lives. The only thing they had in common was their loss because of the death of Penny's brother Brad. Neither was particularly looking for a relationship, and certainly not with each other.

Robin takes her readers through a wide range of emotions as her characters find themselves on a journey of healing and growth. Revealing details of the past through Brad's perspective seamlessly puts all the pieces together in the current story. A theme of growing faith is a critical element in the transformations in the characters' lives, Penny's father plays a refreshingly strong role in that area.

Keeper of the Stars is part of the Kings Meadow Romance series but works well as a stand alone.  It is fun, though, to run across familiar names from the previous stories.

I highly recommend Keeper of the Stars to fans of great faith-based contemporary romance. Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for providing a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

About the Book:

Because it’s not always love at first sight!

When her mother died from pneumonia, Penny Cartwright was heartbroken. But now, after burying her younger brother just 12 years later, she is devastated. Anger, guilt, and sorrow cloud Penny’s mind, and the last thing she wants is to be reminded of her pain—but that’s exactly what happens when a stranger comes to town.

Trevor Reynolds has been chasing fame for more than a dozen years, but his musical career can’t get off the ground. While on the road, an accident kills his young drummer, Brad Cartwright. Trevor wasn’t behind the wheel, but he still blames himself… and so does Brad’s sister, Penny. Now Trevor finds himself in Kings Meadow, determined to follow through on his final promise to his friend.

Still feeling the pain of Brad’s death, Penny and Trevor must learn that forgiveness is the only thing that can heal their hearts. And if they do forgive, something beautiful may rise from the ashes of heartbreak.

About the Author:

Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. She discovered her vocation after many years of reading everything she could put her hands on, including the backs of cereal boxes and ketchup bottles.

After fifteen years writing for the general fiction market and a change in her own heart, Robin began to write stories that included her Christian faith and values.

Winner of the Christy, the RITA, the Carol, the Inspirational Reader’s Choice, and many other awards, she is also a recipient of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from both Romance Writers of American (2001) and American Christian Fiction Writers (2014). Robin is the author of over 70 novels and novellas.

Robin enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, reading books that make her cry, and watching romantic movies. Her main hobby (when time allows) is knitting, and she has a special love for making prayer shawls. A mother and grandmother, Robin and her husband make their home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with Poppet, the high-maintenance Papillon, and Princess Pinky, the DC (demon cat).

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