Jennifer Slattery Lives Out Loud
I sure spend a lot of time clinging to my safety nets, for one who talks so often about living God’s great adventure. Although, I do eventually drop them, and take that next step, and then the next, though my hands might be clammy and my legs may quiver every step of the way.
This was me, when our family joined our former church for a week-long mission trip to El Salvador back in 2011. My biggest angst? I hated flying. I’ve gotten much better, but back then, every trip felt like torture. While the other passengers slept or read books or chatted with one another, I’d obsess. On every plane crash I’d ever heard of, on every bump or dip as we soared through the sky, on how high our plane flew and how long it’d take us to spiral to our deaths.
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I want to visit Mercy Inn! I could visualize the cabins and surrounding beauty as I read Lee Warren’s novella, Mercy Inn. What a beautiful sight! And I would love to meet Ray and Alma and enjoy Alma’s cooking. This is a beautiful story, well written, and it touched my heart. I appreciate that Lee included a character that is disabled. Characters who are disabled are so often left out of books and movies.
Three people find themselves stranded at Mercy Inn during a blizzard in Colorado. Megan, who has Cerebral Palsy is 20 years old and struggling to get by, Brad is a middle-aged former baseball player who has regrets from his past and Sarah is a former music star who has lived in seclusion for many years. The three come together and find themselves in the care of Ray and Alma, the elderly couple who run the Inn.
Is it a coincidence that these three people find themselves here or was it a divine appointment? Will Megan, who has been hurt so often, be able to trust these people she is stuck with? Can Sarah move past her hurts from the past? Yes, there is romance! Loved that. There is a wonderful theme about how we need each other and are here to encourage each other. I loved the game, created by Alma and Ray, which the group plays. A game that becomes something of a therapy session. I highly recommend this novella. If you enjoy stories about people finding healing of past hurts, that inspire you to reach out to others, and that have a wonderful budding romance, then you will love this story. I can’t wait to read about Mercy Inn again in coming books!
Robin Lee Hatcher is one of my favorite authors and I highly recommend, “You’ll Think of Me”, her newest release.
Brooklyn is a young woman who has experienced abuse, rejection, abandonment and heartache in her life. Her biggest blessing is her 10-year-old daughter whom she has raised alone and with little income. Her faith has been her biggest support and has carried her through. Then she receives news that Chad, the father of her daughter Alycia, has died and left her his childhood home. Will a move from Reno to Idaho be the change she needs? Chad’s childhood friend, Derek, has counted on buying much of the land Chad’s family home resides on and now he discovers that dream might be dead. He has always resented Brooklyn without really knowing her.
Brooklyn has learned to put up walls for self-protection and she doesn’t trust easily. She has never felt accepted. Her dad who has always rejected her still lives in the Idaho town she ran away from. Can she face him again? Will Brooklyn and Derek be able to trust each other? And what about the special request Chad made to Derek before he died?
I enjoyed every minute of reading “You’ll Think of Me” by Robin Lee Hatcher. I had trouble putting it down and read it in three days. Robin Lee Hatcher writes with emotion, heart and faith. This story is a romance but the emotional impact of the story is much more than that. She writes about faith in a way that is real and not contrived or unrealistic. She writes in a way that shows how a person can lean on God as they go through the trials of life.
Robin Lee Hatcher always does a great job of creating characters the reader cares about. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to read a romance that includes faith. She also addresses the feelings and issues of women abandoned and rejected by their father, single women raising a child alone, and touches on living with an abusive husband. I loved the ending, which included some drama and suspense. I always look forward to Robin’s novels and she never lets me down! Robin Lee Hatcher is a gifted and insightful author. Her stories flow so well, I stop reading only when duty calls! (By the way, my husband agrees with my review.)
I received a book for review but felt no obligation to give a positive review.
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Whenever You Come Around by Robin Lee Hatcher
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I was so captured by Robin Lee Hatcher’s newest novel, Whenever you Come Around, that I read it in two days. Another beautifully written story set in Kings Meadow, a fictitious place near Boise, Idaho. Charity Anderson returns to Kings Meadow after a long absence. She’s now a successful author but is paralyzed in her personal life because of a long-held secret. She returns to stay in her parent’s home while they are in Europe. Why does being in Kings Meadow bring back painful memories? Will she be forced to deal with her secret? And what about Buck Malone, the handsome bachelor and wilderness guide who lives next door? Charity used to have a crush on him when they were in high school but he is a confirmed bachelor. What happens when an accident forces them together? Will Buck rethink his decision not to consider marriage? Robin grabbed my attention right away as I wondered what painful memory Charity was trying to block from her mind. I also fell in love with her little dog Cocoa from the beginning. Cocoa plays a big part in the story. I enjoyed reading Robin’s beautiful descriptions of Idaho and found myself wanting to plan a trip there. Robin writes so seamlessly that the story flows and carried me along. I enjoyed the book and highly recommend it especially to anyone who enjoys contemporary Christian fiction. If you’re like me, you’ll love Kings Meadow, the characters and sweet, little Cocoa.
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