About the Book
Book: Cross My Heart
Author: Robin Lee Hatcher
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release date: June 25, 2019
Can two broken paths lead toward God’s redemption?
When Ashley Showalter and Ben Henning meet on Ashley’s horse rescue farm, they quickly discover how much they have in common. Both were raised by single moms. Both want to help where they see a need. And both work with horses in the Boise valley. Ben needs Ashley’s help and expertise after starting an equine therapy barn on his great-great-grandfather’s farm—and the more time they spend together, both Ashley and Ben have the feeling that there could be something more between them.
They also carry the burden of past experiences that may drive them apart if the truth is ever revealed. Ben is a recovering alcoholic with five years of sobriety behind him, while Ashley’s brother is an opioid addict residing in court-ordered rehab. Holding fast to the belief that addicts can never be cured, Ashley has promised herself she will never walk knowingly into the chaos created by addiction. Ben knows that with God, all things are possible—but will Ashley find it within herself to give love a chance? Or will her brother’s mistakes and the pain of her past jeopardize her future with Ben?
Cross My Heart threads together a contemporary love story with the heartwarming tale of Ben’s great-great-grandfather, Andrew Henning—reminding us that God’s Word is timeless and that His promises are new every morning.
About the Author
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 outdoors of Idaho, 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.
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MY WRITING DESK
ROBIN LEE HATCHER
I have a wonderful home office with a large screen iMac and the perfect place to keep important papers and reminders right in front of me for easy access. There is also a bed for my dog, Boo, because no office is complete without a bed to welcome the dog. Right?
I also do a lot of writing while seated in a big easy chair in the living room. It all depends upon my mood and how many reference books I might need at the time.
My office usually looks neat when I begin a book. By the time I’m writing the end, the room has become a disaster—stacks of papers demanding my attention and a layer of dust are the most obvious issues.
My office also serves as my art studio (where I do decorative planning and Bible art journaling), so every inch that isn’t taken up by writing-related items is filled with art-related ones—paints, washi tape, stickers, pens galore, etc.
An early riser naturally, I consider sleeping in to be anything after 6 AM. On a normal writing day, I try to get in half an hour on the treadmill first thing in the morning (and often return to it for ten minutes segments a couple other times during the day). Then I sit at my desk or in my easy chair to do my Bible study. And finally, I begin writing.
I can usually create new words for about four hours or so a day. The rest of the workday is filled with editing, revising, research, and correspondence with publisher, agent, readers, and other writers. I have an active online presence which needs attention daily, as well.
I am also a late-in-life part-time college student, taking my classes online, so at least a couple of days a week, you’ll find me doing assignments and taking quizzes. For some reason, I rarely use my office for that. The kitchen table seems to suit me better. Probably because it is a large table and I can really spread out.
I feel very blessed to be able to work at home. I had a full-time job when I wrote my first book. In fact, I wrote nine novels over the course of nine years while still working full time. The month my ninth book released, I quit my job in order to write full time. Seventy books and almost 28 years later, I’m still at it. As I said, I am blessed.
Cross My Heart, book two in the Legacy of Faith series, is another home run by Robin Lee Hatcher. This is a highly engaging story filled with very relatable characters going through very real issues. I loved every minute spent with Ben, Ashley, Andrew, and Helen, and I am sad my time with them is over. I am definitely looking forward to the next installment of this series!
A dominant issue in this novel is addiction and how it harms not just the one addicted, but his or her loved ones too. Of the characters in Cross My Heart, I relate the most to Ashley, the older sister to an alcoholic, drug-addicted brother. In a frustrating moment, Ashley vents to the reader how strange it is to be able to love and hate someone at the same time. Ashley states, “No, hate was too strong a word. She didn’t hate Dylan. But she resented all that he had done to their mom, and she resented the way his addictions had altered her own life too. Sometimes she wished she would never have to see him again, never have to talk to him again, never have to talk about him again.” This seems really harsh and uncaring if you are lucky enough to have never dealt with a loved one suffering from an addiction. But, if you have someone close to you who was or is an addict, I bet Ashley’s sentiments resonate. They most assuredly did with me.
I don’t resent my brothers any more, but I did once upon a time. All of my brothers have addictive personalities and have run the gamut where drugs and alcohol are concerned. For a long time, they made life miserable for just about everyone they knew especially my parents. I resented them for many reasons: for wasting the lives God had blessed them with; for the fear they made me feel on a regular basis (there were a few years I believed they would not make it through their addictions); for how much they hurt my parents both emotionally and financially — a mother’s heart can only take so many midnight calls from the cops; for their narcissism and abject selfishness; for their meanness (some of the drug/alcohol combos exacerbated their ability to be downright vicious); and, most of all, because they’ve never apologized. Not one time have any of my brothers said they were sorry for their behaviors while under the influence. I’m hoping they’ve apologized to our parents, but as far as I am concerned, I’ve never heard the words, “I’m sorry.” There were many years I wanted NOTHING to do with my brothers. But I, like Ashley in Cross My Heart, learned that I had to forgive them. I had to give to God all of my feelings — my sadness, anger, disappointment, resentment, and fear. I had to let God do His work in them, and let it all go. It wasn’t easy, but I’m glad I did because now I can appreciate the men my brothers have become. Men with amazing wives, fantastic children, and very interesting jobs. They have become the brothers I knew they always could be, and I am very proud of them. Their positive changes are 100% God’s doing, and I am so grateful to Him for His good works.
Cross My Heart is a wonderful story that made me cry one minute and cheer the next. It is a lovely story about finding God through the tough times, learning to trust and let go, and forgiving others. This is a novel and series I heartily recommend.
I received a review copy of this novel in eBook form from the author via Celebrate Lit. In no way has this influenced my review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
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