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Publication Date: 2009
Robin Lee Hatcher is the author of over 75 novels and novellas with over five million copies of her books in print. She is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. Robin is an ACFW Carol Award winner and an eight-time finalist and has won two RITA Awards and been a finalist eleven times. Her numerous other awards include the Christy Award, the HOLT Medallion, the National Readers Choice Award, and the Faith, Hope & Love Readers Choice Award. She is also the recipient of prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards from both American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America. When not writing, she enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, Bible art journaling, reading books that make her cry, watching romantic movies, and decorative planning. A mother and grandmother, Robin and her husband make their home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with a demanding Papillon dog and a persnickety tuxedo cat.
For more information, visit robinleehatcher.com; Facebook: robinleehatcher; or Twitter: @robinleehatcher.
This novel is easy to read and, in certain parts, can be a real page turner. However, the characters can border on being clichéd at times, yet overall are easy to empathize with and root for. Research on 1800s Idaho is evident and worked in well, though not seamlessly. Gavins realization and final decision, the catalyst for the ending, was somewhat disappointing as it seemed rushedlike the snap of a finger was all it would take for him to change his mind. Other than that, this novel was a well plotted enjoyable story.
Where Love Blooms is by no means a book that is incredibly profound or even one that youll want to read again and again. However, it isnt a cookie-cutter love story either. There are many complications and plot twists that dont often get utilized in Christian fiction, and it will certainly keep you wondering until the end. I would recommend this novel to anyone who is looking for an easy-to-read historical romance with an interesting plot. Shannon Potelicki, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
What is Gavins first impression of Emily? What assumptions does he make about her? Did you make assumptions about any of the characters in the novel? Did they prove to be true or false?
Both Emily and Gavin faced difficult situations growing up. How did each cope with these difficulties? What did Emily have growing up that Gavin did not? How does this affect her character differently?
Compare Gavin and Dru. What are their attitudes toward Drus illness? Toward Emily? How do their attitudes reflect the state of their hearts?
Though we never meet her character in person, Gavins mother deeply affects his relationship with Emily. How does Gavin compare his mother to Emily? To himself? Are any of his comparisons justified?
Emily is unsure if she is following Gods will after her hasty acceptance of Patricks proposal. What is the reason she gives for her uncertainty? Have you ever experienced a time when you were not able to discern Gods will? Were you eventually able to recognize it? How?
What event causes Gavin to finally surrender to the Lord? Have you or someone you know ever experienced a spiritual conversion in the face of hardship? How does Gavins perspective change after his conversion?
Emily is finally able to see the importance of her role in working for the Blakes at the end of the novel. How is it different than what she originally set out to achieve? What does this show about the nature of Gods will?