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Single mom Brooklyn Myers is a waitress living in a low income apartment with her 10 year old daughter Alycia. Brooklyn prays for a better life for her daughter. Alycia’s father Chad; had deserted them shortly after Brooklyn got pregnant. Derek Johnson dreamed of owning an organic farm. His best friend Chad had promised to sell his property to Derek someday, so he could make a go of it. Now, Brooklyn and Derek receive individual letters from an attorney that literally changes the rest of their lives.
Number of Pages: 320
Vendor: Thomas Nelson
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.40 X 5.50 (inches)|
In a small town in Idaho's idyllic wine country where the past looms large, can two people realize their individual dreams for the future . . . together?
Abandoned once too often, Brooklyn Meyers never intended to return to Thunder Creek, Idaho. Her hometown holds too many memories of heartache and rejection. But when her estranged husband Chad Hallston dies and leaves his family home and acreage to her and their ten-year-old daughter Alycia, it's an opportunity to change their lives for the bettera chance Brooklyn can't pass up, for Alycia's sake if not her own.
Derek Johnson, Chad's best friend since boyhood, isn't keen on the return of Brooklyn Meyers to Thunder Creek. He still blames her for leading his friend astray. And now she has ruined his chance to buy the neighboring ten acres that would have allowed him to expand his organic farm. To add insult to injury, Chad's dying request was that Derek become the father to Alycia that Chad never was. How can he keep that promise without also spending time with the girl's mother?
Brought together by unexpected circumstances, Derek and Brooklyn must both confront challenges to their dreams and expectations. He must overcome long held misconceptions about Brooklyn, while she must learn to trust someone other than herself. And if they can do it, they just might discover that God has something better in mind than either of them ever imagined.
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
Hatchers (Keeper of the Stars) tranquil tale of loss, love, and faith is the perfect inspirational read for those who favor gentle stories.
Hatcher, award-winning author of more than 75 books, (The Shepherds Voice) once again takes readers on a journey of hope, patience, and love. . . These characters, and the reader, are in for a heartwarming journey of redemption, forgiveness, and embracing the future.
With two strong, genuine characters that readers will feel compassion for and a heartwarming modern-day plot that inspires, Hatchers romance is a wonderfully satisfying read.
Kym2 Stars Out Of 5Are second chances possible?January 11, 2018KymQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 1Brooklyn Myers has had more heartache than a person should have; and then her husband dies. A husband who left her and their child. She learns he has left them with a house and land, something that definitely surprises her. Brooklyn sees this as a second chance. Derek Johnson is not happy. Not only did Brooklyn steal his best friend from him but she is now also the owner of the land he has been planning and saving to buy. Can each of them let go of the past and give themselves another chance at friendship? Maybe even love?
I started reading the book but was unable to finish it. As hard as I tried I could not get myself into the story. The characters were difficult for me to connect with and the story felt dragging to me.
*I received this book free from Thomas Nelson and the Fiction Guild in exchange for my honest review. What I have expressed are my own thoughts and I have not been compensated financially in any way.*
Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: female3 Stars Out Of 5You'll think of meDecember 27, 2017Laura HiltonHorseshoe Bend, ARAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 3Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3YOU'LL THINK OF ME is the first book in Ms. Hatcher's newest series. I got the second book to review and decided since I had this one buried in my to-be-read pile (on my kindle) I needed to read it first -- just in case they aren't stand-alone.
Brooklyn is a hurting woman, no mother, a father who is a bitter, angry, hurting man, and a husband who abandoned her as soon as he finds out she's pregnant. To be fair, he does step up to the plate and will his deceased parents' house to him when he discovered he was dying, so Alicia would have a home.
Derek was greatly upset when he discovered Chad had given his land to the town bad-girl. Derek had an agreement with Chad that he would buy the property, and he almost had enough saved up for a down-payment. Worse, Chad asked Derek to step in and be the father Brooklyn's daughter never had. Which meant Brooklyn would be seeing a lot of him, and she was his least favorite person. Didn't like her. Never had, never will.
But his grandma reaches out and "adopts" Brooklyn, and Derek can't deny his best friend's dying wish, so he steps into Alycia's life to play dad. With being next door neighbors, an abandoned dog, Alycia's love of horses, and his grandma's interference Derek and Brooklyn are forced together.
A sweet romance, written to formula, with really no surprises. An easy read.
I was given a copy free from Netgalley. All opinions are my own.
ShaiNorfolk, NEAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5DelightfulDecember 3, 2017ShaiNorfolk, NEAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4You'll Think of Me is a sweet romance about a single mom, Brooklyn Myers and her ex-husband's best friend, Derek Johnson. They are tossed together by their mutual connection and find themselves battling for the same land. At first, each has decided to obtain the land for themselves, but their motivations change because of someone far more important, Brooklyn's daughter, Alycia. The couple finds themselves in a place where sacrifice can create something much deeper than a winner. You'll Think of Me is a lovely story about sacrifices, forgiveness, and falling in love when it's least expected. I enjoyed it and am looking forward to book two.
KavRCanadaGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Awesome!October 30, 2017KavRCanadaGender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5An inspiring romance that tugged at my heartstrings as I lived each exhilarating moment with Brooklyn and Derek.
Brooklyn is a real overcomer though she is still taunted by her harsh upbringing. But she fights her way through as she strives to make a better childhood for her own daughter. For the most part, she's got this, even though returning to her hometown has stirred up feelings she thought buried long ago.
Brooklyn's arrival challenges Derek on so many levels. (And can I insert major fan-girling here over an organic farmer hero. Stuff my dreams are made of!) Alas, he's stuck in the past too. Ever loyal to his deceased best friend, he's sure that Brooklyn was trouble back then and is certainly trouble now...at least where his dreams are concerned. These two struggle with loss and forgiveness as they begin to clear a path towards a joyous future...if they have the courage to let go of the past.
Hatcher writes relatable characters with realistic dilemmas and I love how she weaves the power faith brings to the most challenging circumstances. Her words reached into my life and ministered to me through Brooklyn's journey and I am so grateful to an author who isn't afraid to speak Truth into her stories and consequently into my life.
You'll Think of Me is the kind of read that will capture your heart and soul and leave you glad you spent some time in Thunder Creek, Idaho.
MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Going HomeOctober 13, 2017MaureenTSyracuse NYGender: femaleQuality: 0Value: 0Meets Expectations: 0The author the characters so real in this book, I felt I was watching a movie, or looking at real life. My heart broke for the young Brooklyn, all that happened to her, and then she raises a wonderful daughter, really correcting all the wrong parenting that happened to her. We find the difference is that she has become a Christian, and she really lives her faith.
A childhood friend, or acquaintance, comes to her rescue as she returns to Thunder Creek, Idaho, and you can see how he, Derek, is disappointed and yet happy to see her. We see how he didnt like her as a child or young teen with his best friend becoming closer to Brooklyn, he was loosing his friend, and then when he again looses his hopeful land. Oh dear!
Brooklyns daughter Alycia is delightful, and at ten going on twenty, she is a child and yet she has a lot of compassion, and is there for others.
This story has so much going for it, and I hated to see it end, but there is another book coming, a stand alone, but set right here in Thunder Creek! You dont want to miss this sweet read, a real enjoyment!