I love Christian Fiction books and when I received this I was initially excited about reading a book by Robin Lee Hatcher as I've heard such great things about her book. For this one, I had mixed emotions on. The storyline of the dying wife and the help and love of her governess was very touching but the romantic feelings she had for the wife's husband really bothered me. The governess didn't know that the other two had a marriage of convienience but continued to have the feelings she did and the husband also did. I love storylines that depict history and I loved that aspect of the story but was disappointed that the romance didn't follow God's law..
I enjoy Christian fiction especially romance. I have read this author's books before and have enjoyed them. However, I have a problem with this one. Emily and Gavin have romantic feelings for each other even before Dru dies. The author writes this as if it is OK. However, it is not OK. Having romantic feelings for someone who is married or a married person having feelings for someone other than their spouse is wrong; it says so in the Bible (10 Commandments, to name one place). Even though the marriage was "in name only" it was a marriage, and all marriage vows incuding "forsaking all others" are to be taken seriously. I ususally share my books with others. However, I'm not sharing this one. I don't want people to wonder about me and the books I read. I completed reading the book just to see what happened. However, I will not be reading it again and will be getting rid of it.
When Love Blooms, a romance novel written by multi-awarded author Robin Lee Hatcher, is the story of a young Christian lady, Emily Harris, who found work as a governess for the two young daughters of Gavin and Dru Blake. Little did she know that Dru, also a Christian herself and terminally ill, had been praying for a long time for a woman like her to come along.Having grown up in a family with a privileged lifestyle, Emily Harris, had to prove to her wards father, Gavin Blake, that she can perform her job excellently and also live on a farm in the country. Despite not being used to performing house work and living in the country, Emily proves herself more than capable of life with the Blake family.As Emily learns to love the Blake family and becomes a friend to Dru, she also finds herself strangely attracted to Gavin, Drus husband. Knowing that what she feels is wrong, she does everything to suppress her emotions while staying true to her commitment to the Blake family and to her Christian faith.This is the first time that I have read a Christian romance novel by Robin Lee Hatcher and I have enjoyed the book immensely. She writes the novel beautifully, describing the places well, with the emotions jumping out of the book. I appreciate the ways that the characters have developed throughout the book. The way they struggled to live the Christian life is written realistically. All in all, a beautifully written romance novel.
I do enjoy a good, clean romance for a quick, light read. The best part is the predictability of a romance novel and the guaranteed happy ending. However, even in the "relaxing light reading"category I tend to be choosy. The characters need to be developed to a certain level, the Christian witness needs to be realistic, not cliche or moralistic, and story line can't be saccharine.When Love Blooms meets all those standards and then some.I've never read Robin Hatcher's books before; but I find that I like her writing style very much. Her characters were interesting and realistic in their emotions and reactions. The plot of this book has a typical conflict, with a little bit of a twist that held my interest. I wasn't tempted to skim through just to get done; rather, I read at a more savoring pace and enjoyed the dialogue and characterizations.This was a very enjoyable read and not so convoluted that I had to keep going back to remember who did what. In other words -- you'll enjoy this book by the pool or on the beach while you are keeping your children in one eye! The characters face their problems with integrity and demonstrate their faith in compelling and realistic ways.I'll be looking for more of Ms. Hatcher's books in the future.