This novel is the final one in the King's Meadow Romance series but can certainly be read and enjoyed as a stand alone book.
The story centers on Penny Cartwright and Trevor Reynolds. Penny's younger brother, Brad, had recently been killed in an automobile accident. That Brad had been in that automobile, driving late at night, was all Trevor's fault, Penny believed. Brad had followed his heart, finding a place in Trevor's band as a drummer rather than pursuing a respectable job after college. Penny, with her master's in library science, had been mad at Brad and even madder at Trevor. When Trevor showed up at Brad's funeral, Penny was so livid she slapped him.
Trevor was torn. Brad had begged Trevor to go to King's Meadow and spend some time there. Trevor had promised that he would but now he wasn't sure it was a good idea. Penny hated him. Yet there was something about Brad and his belief in God that Trevor wanted to understand. He was sure King's Meadow was where he would find what he needed.
This novel is a good study in forgiveness and character maturation. Penny had already lost her mother and losing her brother too was almost more than she could bear. Breaks in the narrative take us back to turning points in Brad's life and we begin to understand the relationship Brad and Trevor had. We can only hope Penny can get beyond her blame toward Trevor and see what a great guy he is.
This is a nice, straightforward romance. There are a few surprises but no intriguing plot twists. There is good character development as Penny struggles with her feelings and faces the reality of what God has been and is doing in her life. Trevor faces his own spiritual hunger as he sees Penny and her dad reveal the spirituality for which he longs.
I recommend this novel to those who enjoy a straightforward Christian romance. Reading about this part of Idaho in the winter was enjoyable too.
I am taking part in a blog tour of this book and you can read other reviews here.
You can read a sample chapter here.
My rating: 4/5 stars.
Robin Lee Hatcher is the award winning author of over seventy novels and novellas. After fifteen years of writing in the general market and a change in her heart, she began to write stories that included her Christian faith and values. She and her husband live on the outskirts of Boise and are parents and grandparents. You can find out more at http://www.robinleehatcher.com/.
Thomas Nelson Publishers, 304 pages. You can buy a copy here.
I received a complimentary egalley of this book through Litfuse for the purpose of an independent and honest review.