3 ½ Stars
In a small town in Idaho’s idyllic wine country where the past looms large, can two people realize their individual dreams for the future . . . together?
Abandoned once too often, Brooklyn Meyers never intended to return to Thunder Creek, Idaho. Her hometown holds too many memories of heartache and rejection. But when her estranged husband Chad Hallston dies and leaves his family home and acreage to her and their ten-year-old daughter Alycia, it’s an opportunity to change their lives for the better—a chance Brooklyn can’t pass up, for Alycia’s sake if not her own.
Derek Johnson, Chad’s best friend since boyhood, isn’t keen on the return of Brooklyn Meyers to Thunder Creek. He still blames her for leading his friend astray. And now she has ruined his chance to buy the neighboring ten acres that would have allowed him to expand his organic farm. To add insult to injury, Chad’s dying request was that Derek become the father to Alycia that Chad never was. How can he keep that promise without also spending time with the girl’s mother?
Brought together by unexpected circumstances, Derek and Brooklyn must both confront challenges to their dreams and expectations. He must overcome long held misconceptions about Brooklyn, while she must learn to trust someone other than herself. And if they can do it, they just might discover that God has something better in mind than either of them ever imagined.
You’ll Think of Me is what I would consider a “sweet” read; the story is not heavy, and it leaves you with a contented sigh.
The plot was a bit predictable, and I could see where it was going right from the start. Even so, it did differ from other books in the sense that while the protagonist was dealing with her own low sense of self-worth, she didn’t wallow in it. Each time she would catch herself going down that road she would put a quick stop to it, remembering that her past was her past, and it would not define her future. I found this refreshing, as I do get tired of the seemingly unending stories where the main character whines and moans and never trusts anyone throughout the whole book, until they finally realize (at the end of the book!) that life doesn’t have to be that way. lol
I also liked the way that that Robin Lee Hatcher showed her readers how truly important it is for children (especially girls) to have a good father-figure in their lives. Children live what they see; if they see a father who loves their mother, that is their norm. If they see abuse, that is their norm. If they don’t have a father at all, they always wonder what they are missing. God created us to be families for a reason, and when any part of that is missing, a hole is left in the hearts of the children that they tend to try to fill with other things. It’s sad, but it is reality. (Obviously, our boys need their Daddy too!)
Overall, You’ll Think of Me is a good book, and I would recommend it to any of my readers looking for a nice summer read. It is clean, it has bits of humor, and I want to be just like Mrs. Ruth Johnson when I get older. She is the epitome of what a Grandmother should be.
Sincere thanks to Thomas Nelson Publishers and the TNZ Fiction Guild for providing me with a complimentary copy to read and review. Opinions and thoughts are 100% my own, and are in no way influenced by the author or publisher.