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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 Chad’s 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 won’t 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 daughter’s 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?
Robin Lee Hatcher has a way with words! She lures her readers in and sucks them so deep into the story that it’s hard to put the book down, even just for a moment. I fell in love with You’ll think of me from the very beginning. It’s well written, developed, and unpredictable. The story offers a steady pace and several twists. The characters are all well developed and relatable. I love how Hatcher weaves the lives of the characters together in a way that appears natural and without force.
My heart ached for Brooklyn. I could feel her pain and her fear. I could feel the hope, motivation, and reservations. She had experienced so much disappointment in her life and didn’t trust others easily. So when her daughter’s father passes away and leaves his home to her, she makes a move that shatters every nerve and reservation she has. She goes out on a limb to do what she thinks is best and she moves. This decision doesn’t exactly make Derek happy. Derek was Chad’s best friend and he never cared much for Brooklyn. Not to mention that her move back puts a gaping hole through Derek’s plans for expanding his business!
After spending time with Alycia, Brooklyn and Chad’s daughter, Derek’s heart begin to soften as he understands Brooklyn better. Love begins to blossom and doubts settle in. Can Brooklyn trust that Derek is being genuine? Can she learn to trust again and rebuild what she thought was long lost?
The story was easy to follow and will captivate you from the start. I read it in just under two days and even as I finished the last few words, I wanted more. Now, that doesn’t mean that it left off bad. It actually offers a nice ending. However, I wanted there to be more pages. I wanted to follow the characters and watch them grow. I wanted to see what happened next. Overall, it’s a great read and I would highly recommend it to others.
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Meet The Author!
Best-selling 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. When not writing, she enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, Bible art journaling, reading books that make her cry, watching romantic movies, knitting prayer shawls, and decorative planning. Robin and her husband make their home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with Poppet the high-maintenance Papillon, and Princess Pinky, the DC (demon cat).