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Publication Date: 2009
Bestselling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. The recipient of Lifetime Achievement Awards from both RWA and ACFW and winner of the Christy, RITA, and numerous other awards, Robin has authored over 75 books. She and her husband make their home in Idaho where she enjoys spending time with her family, her high-maintenance Papillon, Poppet, and Princess Pinky, the DC (demon cat). For more information, visit www.robinleehatcher.com, Facebook: robinleehatcher, Twitter: @robinleehatcher
This charming novella by Robin Lee Hatcher takes a look at the choices we make in our lives. The dreams we give up and the dreams we chase. Hatcher explores the gifts we have from God and how to use them. Both Jonathan (Johnny) and Carol Burke gave up so much to marry at such a young age. Will the sacrifices they made prove too overwhelming for this young couple or can they count on their love for each other and their dependence on God to see them through the hard times in their first year of marriage?
I love how Hatcher used Carol and Johnny to explore the reality of marrying young and the struggles involved. She shows the difficulties and what it can do to a marriage. The Burkes give us a glimpse of what it can be like to have second thoughts when things dont go as planned, yet underneath all the struggles and disappointments there is a love that still burns.
The subject of God-given talents is presented throughout the book. Hatcher also explores the scriptural truth of God giving you the desires of your heart. Can Carol and Johnny ever figure out the true meaning of this wonderful passage in the Psalms? As they share their first Christmas together they have so many desires; but which of them are selfish desires and which of them are selfless? Will they possibly learn the difference in time to save their marriage? Or will the desire of young dreams take over and destroy their fragile love?
This is a page-turning book that I read in a single sitting. I enjoyed the characters and found it easy to have compassion for their situation. I appreciated that Carol explores her dreams, giving her a chance to question and seek God. I loved that Johnny understands the road he goes down and the consequences it could lead to. The book has a wonderful epilogue and includes a sneak peak chapter of Return to Me, the continuation of the Burke familys story. -- Brandi Webster, Christian Book Previews.com
JenniferCentral NYAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5August 27, 2012JenniferCentral NYAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5who hasnt sacrificed for love's sake? this novella reminded me of at least a few friends who have given up something for someone they love and the emotions that come with that. of course, i love Robin Lee Hatcher anyway. great storyteller
Michelle5 Stars Out Of 5September 20, 2010MichelleI waited for this book to come out after reading Angels in the ER and it was awsome!!!So disappointed that he does not have any other books out:(
Linda Kendall5 Stars Out Of 5January 21, 2010Linda KendallGreat Christian Novella. It's a wholesome story and would recommend it to anyone who loves to read how God can change lives! Great price too!
Martina Reeves5 Stars Out Of 5January 11, 2010Martina ReevesThe book was very well written and refreshing. It is such a blessing to have so many Christian books to choose from.
Janice Cates4 Stars Out Of 5December 29, 2009Janice CatesI ordered two copies to give as Christmas presents because I like this author.The books were very pretty but I do not know if they were good stories or not as I did not have time to preveiw. I was pleased for a gift.