Author: Robin Lee Hatcher
Review by Grace Olson
Taken from Amazon’s website description of Keeper of the Stars:
Forgiveness is the only cure for heartbreak. But can Penny forgive the man she holds responsible for her brother’s death?
When her mother died from pneumonia, Penny Cartwright was heartbroken. But now, after burying her younger brother just 12 years later, she is devastated. Anger, guilt, and sorrow cloud Penny’s mind, and the last thing she wants is to be reminded of her pain—but that’s exactly what happens when a stranger comes to town.
Trevor Reynolds has been chasing fame for more than a dozen years, but his musical career can’t get off the ground. While on the road, an accident kills his young drummer, Brad Cartwright. Trevor wasn’t behind the wheel, but he still blames himself . . . and so does Brad’s sister, Penny. Now Trevor finds himself in Kings Meadow, determined to follow through on his final promise to his friend.
Still feeling the pain of Brad’s death, Penny and Trevor must learn that forgiveness is the only thing that can heal their hearts. And if they do forgive, something beautiful may rise from the ashes of heartbreak.
Penny and Trevor are both broken people carrying around a good deal of baggage. And who wouldn’t, after the losses they’ve both suffered in their lives. Yet God has a way of using the broken, weary people of this world for His great purposes. I truly enjoyed reading this story. The romance was played out well, especially in light of Penny and Trevor’s rocky beginning. I liked the inclusion of Penny’s dad’s point of view, as well as being able to get a better look at who Brad really was. The setting was also really fun, and had that small-town comforting feel to it. But what I enjoyed most was how Robin was able to take such a heavy subject, and weave in a story of God’s forgiveness and pursuing grace, without down playing the difficulties. This theme was subtle, yet that’s what made it so powerful, and that’s what is going to have me reading more of Robin’s novels.
I haven’t read many books by Robin Lee Hatcher, and I’ve only reviewed two of her novels, both historical romances. However, she is going to be on my watch-list in the future, especially as far as contemporary romances. Keeper of the Stars is the third book in the Kings Meadow Romance series, but it can easily be read as a stand-alone novel.
This sweet romance is perfect for a cozy evening by the fire, or wherever your reading ‘happy place’ is. I would highly recommend it.
About the Author
Biography from Robin’s website: Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. She discovered her vocation after many years of reading everything she could put her hands on, including the backs of cereal boxes and ketchup bottles.
After fifteen years writing for the general fiction market and a change in her own heart, Robin began to write stories that included her Christian faith and values.
Winner of the Christy, the RITA, the Carol, the Inspirational Reader’s Choice, and many other awards, she is also a recipient of the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from both Romance Writers of American (2001) and American Christian Fiction Writers (2014). Robin is the author of over 70 novels and novellas.
Robin enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, reading books that make her cry, and watching romantic movies. Her main hobby (when time allows) is knitting, and she has a special love for making prayer shawls. A mother and grandmother, 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) .~ To learn more about Robin and her other books, visit her web page: http://www.robinleehatcher.com/
I was given a review copy of Keeper of the Stars from the author in exchange for an honest review. I received no monetary compensation for my review. The opinions expressed are my own.