When Emily Harris accepted a job teaching young Sabrina and Petula Blake at an isolated mountain ranch in Idaho, she had no idea why she wanted to go; she just knew that she was seeking a change in her life.She had no idea how many changes were in store for her. Emily didn't know it, but she'd been selected by Dru, the girls' mother, with the hope that Emily would stay permanently. Emily didn't know that Dru was terminally ill. Gavin, Dru's husband and adoptive father of the girls, was also not aware of Dru's intentions. Initially, Gavin treated Emily in an almost hostile manner. As the time passed, Gavin's feelings towards Emily began to thaw. But will the anger in his heart drive Emily away?This is the first book by Robin Lee Hatcher that I have read. I enjoyed the book and empathized with the characters. The plot had enough twists to keep me guessing how it would come to a happy resolution. If you like Christian historical romance, I recommend reading When Love Blooms by Robin Lee Hatcher.
I have to admit that I had never before read one of Robin Lee Hatcher's books. When I received the Advance Reader Copy of When Love Blooms, I was intrigued by the plot synopsis on the back cover. It's not often you read a Christian love story that begins while a man's wife is still dying. Looking for a new challenge, and purpose in her life, Emily Harris applies to be a governess to two small girls on a remote ranch. What she doesn't know is that her employer, Drucilla (Dru) Blake, is dying and hoping that Emily will be the future wife to her husband Gavin and mother to her two small daughters. Gavin Blake doesn't realize it either, or he never would have let Emily come back to the ranch with them. Emily sets out to care for Dru, teach Brina and Pet, and prove to a doubtful Blake that she can handle ranch life. As Drucilla grows weaker, Emily and Blake fight against their growing attraction to each other. What they don't realize is that Dru sees the attraction and is praying it will continue to grow into a deep love. Emily and Blake must come to terms with their own feelings, and their personal relationships with God.I enjoyed reading When Love Blooms. It was a wonderful introduction to an author I hadn't yet discovered. Robin Lee Hatcher develops her characters well, and weaves their story together beautifully. Although I limit the amount of fiction (especially romance novels) that I read, I'm looking forward to reading more of Robin Lee Hatcher's books.
This latest Robin Lee Hatcher novel, set in the late 1800s in Boise Idaho and the Sawtooth Mountains, is captivating. Its main characters, Dru and Gavin Blake and Emily Harris, are well-developed, three-dimensional, as they deal with Dru's plan for Gavin and her two daughters. The Christian message is nicely woven into the story matrix. An enjoyable reading experience.