Her mother abandoned her, her father disowned her, and her husband left her. Can Brooklyn be convinced that it is possible to forgive the greatest of betrayals?
Brooklyn Myers escaped her broken home and her embittered, unloving father by eloping to Reno at the age of 17. But when she was pregnant with their first child, her husband abandoned her as well. Not welcome back home in Thunder Creek, Brooklyn stayed in Reno and raised her daughter Alycia on her own, doing her best to make sure Alycia never knew the heartache and rejection Brooklyn herself had known.
When her estranged husband Chad Hallston dies, he leaves the family home in Thunder Creek to his daughter. Believing it is the best way to give her daughter a stable home, Brooklyn does what she thought she would never do. She goes home to the orchard and wine country of Southwest Idaho. There, she encounters Chads best friend, Derek Johnson, a part time sheriff's deputy who also owns an organic produce farm next door. Derek was never a fan of former bad girl Brooklyn Myers, but he made a promise to his dying friend that he would be the father to Alycia that Chad had never been.
Although Derek and Brooklyn get off to a bumpy start, he and Alycia quickly form a bond. And soon, Derek realizes that he wants Brooklyn to trust him too . . . even knowing that her trust wont come easily. And then he realizes he wants even more than her trust. He wants to win her love.
While Brooklyn may be tempted to give her heart to Derek, risking her daughters happiness is another story. Will Brooklyn hold onto her self-reliance for dear life, or will she come to understand that the greatest gift she can give her daughter is showing her how to love and trust others?
This book deals with trust. Brooklyn has no reason to trust anyone. Life experiences has taught her she cant' trust anyone. The only one she can rely on is herself. Derek blames Brooklyn for the change in Chad when they started dating. So when she moves back to town, he doesn't want anything to do with her. The problem is she has inherited the property he was hoped to buy for his organic farm. Brooklyn and Derek have to establish trust before they can move on with any type of friendship.
I recommend this book to everyone. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
This was an ok read. I never felt truly connected to the characters. There were a lot of explanations of day to day events that didn't seem to enhance or help the story along. The romance felt forced and I never felt that they really like each other. By the end, I was skimming through it so I could be done with it.
I received a complimentary copy of this book for an honest review.
Robin Lee Hatcher's You'll Think of Me is a moving love story, but it is also so much more.
Brooklyn and Derek each have many challenges from their past to overcome. Brooklyn must learn to trust, not an easy thing for her after a history of multiple rejections. She is primarily focused on providing a better life for her young daughter, mostly in her own strength, leaving little room in her future for any romantic involvement. Derek has to overcome some past perceptions and present disappointments that threaten his plans for the future before opening himself to the possibility of a serious relationship.
Robin has created characters with real-life issues that many readers can identify with. Loss, rejection, and emptiness are dealt with through kindness, love, and faith to make a beautiful story that was a joy to read.
At the end of the book, the author adds a note and an excerpt from a paper she wrote a few years ago relative to one of the important themes of the story -- "daddyless daughters." Her personal story and informative message add an element that takes your thinking past just the pleasure of another good story.
I highly recommend this story to anyone interested in a heartwarming story of what can be when love is given a chance.
Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for providing a copy of You'll Think of Me. I was delighted to express my own thoughts through this review.
You'll Think Of Me, written by Robin Lee Hatcher, is a contemporary Christian Fiction story of a single mom and her little girl. Brooklyn Meyers eloped when she was just seventeen years old. Her husband took off when he found out they were going to have a baby. Since then Brooklyn has been working as a waitress and raising their little girl, Alycia. One day Brooklyn receives legal papers informing her that her husband has died and she and Alycia are now the owners of his parents home.
Derek Johnson is a sheriff's deputy that is trying to become an organic farmer. His childhood friend owns the property next to him and has told Derek that he could buy it when ever he has the money. Before that time comes, Derek gets a letter informing him his friend has died and left the property to his wife and daughter. Derek is also asked to watch out for them and to be a father figure for the man's daughter.
Derek has blamed Brooklyn all these years for his friend leaving. He does not want her to move back to Thunder Creek. But that is what she does. She has plans for the property, that do not include selling it to Derek.
This is an awesome book that will grab your attention from the very beginning. It is the type of story you do not want to end. The story shows us how mistakes we make when younger can impact so many other people. In this case, the Alycia has never known a father's love. She does not know what a normal family is. But the author uses Derek to tell her that there are different kinds of families.
It is fun to read the changes that have taken place inside of Brooklyn since she left Thunder Creek. Before she refused to go to church, now she feels differently about God. She no longer feels He is waiting to punish her when ever she misbehaved, like her father did. God loves her. God has changed her on the inside and continues to change her. God has provided for her with the home, friends and a job when she really needed one. Anyone who enjoys reading contemporary romance stories will love this story. This is a really nice Christian story, done so in a way that it is not preachy. The end of the story has some really good discussion questions for readers as well as an except from a paper the author wrote years ago.
I received a copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers. I have chosen to write this honest review.
Youll Think of Me by Robin Lee Hatcher is the story of a reluctant homecoming and how God can transform and redeem the parts of our lives that need it the most. Robin Lee Hatcher creates well developed characters and weaves in themes of hope and redemption in a believable, natural way. This book is a lovely read if you need a fun book with a happy ending. I received a digital copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for my honest review.