For these two broken hearts, the first step toward love will be a huge leap of faith.
Jessica Mason isn’t looking for love when she meets Ridley Chesterfield. Instead she is still reeling from the tragic, unexpected loss of her husband and daughter—and awaiting the arrival of her unborn child. Harboring the secret of her husband’s betrayal, her pain is deeper than anyone knows.
Ridley Chesterfield is hiding out in Hope Springs, Idaho, avoiding a political scandal and the barrage of false media headlines that have tarnished his good name. The last thing Ridley wants is a relationship—but when fate leads Ridley to form a friendship with his reclusive and pregnant neighbor, he wonders if this small-town hideout might be more of a long-term destination.
When Jessica begins to read her great-grandfather’s Bible, she finds a connection with a man she never knew. Somehow the verses he marked and the words he wrote in the margins open her heart to healing. And as Ridley and Jessica help each other forgive the people who have broken their hearts, they must decide if the past will define them or if they will choose to love again.
Who I Am with You weaves together a modern-day romance with Jessica’s great-grandfather’s story from the 1930s, reminding us that some truths can cross generations and that faith has the power to transform families forever.
Who I Am with You is the first book in Robin’s new “A Legacy of Faith” series.
Robin Lee Hatcher is the author of over 75 novels and novellas with over five million copies of her books in print. She is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. Robin is an ACFW Carol Award winner and an eight-time finalist and has won two RITA Awards and been a finalist eleven times. Her numerous other awards include the Christy Award, the HOLT Medallion, the National Reader’s Choice Award, and the Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award. She is also the recipient of prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards from both American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America.
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, and decorative planning. A mother and grandmother, Robin and her husband make their home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with a demanding Papillon dog and a persnickety tuxedo cat.
I haven't read a book by Robin Lee in a while. I enjoyed this refreshing, uplifting, encouraging story that consists of a dual timeline - contemporary and depression era. The characters were loveable and believable and I was encouraged by them.
Jessica is a young woman who has suffered a lot of grief. She has recently lost several close members of her family and her relationship with God is struggling. She also has suffered the sting of betrayal, so her ability to trust has been damaged. After her grandmother passed away, she "inherited" her grandfather's Bible. (This is probably one of my favorite things about the story. I have always wanted a Bible that my grandmother/grandfather had written in, and I am so thankful for my mother and father who are making that tradition a possibility for their grandkids by reading through a Bible for each of them and underlining special passages and adding notes in the sidebars.) Even as she shies away from the Bible, she is drawn to it.
Jessica's new next door neighbor and the future romantic interest, is Ridley. He is also reeling from tragic circumstances, however different from hers, and relocating to hide out and figure out what to do next. As they both struggle to trust, forgive and move on with life, a relationship blossoms. They each have work to do rebuilding their faith, and ability to love.
The story flip flops back and forth between Jessica's grandfather Andrew - the one she inherited the Bible from, and her current life. I found it easy to read, captivating, and didn't want to put it down.
I think you will love this inspirational book. The characters are real, the situations relatable, and the ending.... well, you'll just have to read it to find out.
I was blessed with an ARC copy of this book by the publisher. I was not asked to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.