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Robin Lee Hatcher’s Who I Am with You is a sweet story of faith and forgiveness. Jessica Mason’s husband and child died in an auto accident the day he asked for a divorce. After their deaths, she discovered her pregnancy. Jessica, heartbroken and bitter, isolates herself in her rural home and finds solace through her art. Ridley Chesterfield, an IT specialist accused of leaking a candidate’s secret to the press, hides away at his parent’s home in Hope Valley. He meets his next-door neighbor, Jessica, while trying to determine the owner of a stray dog he found.
Because of the dog, who Jessica helps names Kris, the two become friends—isolated in a rural area. Both of them feel an attraction to the other, but both, uncomfortable about letting themselves feel anything more, push the feelings aside. Jessica’s bitterness and sorrow still curtail her emotions—and she needs to consider the baby. Ridley knows his innocence, but the media feeding frenzy gives him a bad reputation. He’s not sure if he’ll ever be able to work in the city again. Both have faith but focus on their losses.
I loved this story. One can surmise from the beginning that Jessica and Ridley will get together, but Hatcher writes the process of their relationship tenderly and with empathy. I loved the two characters. Jessica struggles with forgiveness and faith in God, and Ridley struggles with career decisions and his attraction to Jessica. Because of the sweetness of their relationship, you will love the story and the characters too. Four stars.
Robin Lee Hatcher is an award-winning author with over five million copies of her books in print. Wow! She has won just about every award possible, some multiple times, and has received Lifetime Achievement Awards from Romance Writers of America and the American Fiction Writers Association.
She and her husband live in Idaho and enjoy being outdoors. A mom and grandmom, Robin does Bible journaling, attends BSF, and does decorative planning among other activities. She says they also live with “a demanding Papillon dog and a persnickety tuxedo cat.”
Thomas Nelson gave me a copy of Who I Am with You, but I was in no way obligated to write a review.