You’ll Think of Me by Robin Lee Hatcher

Publisher’s Summary

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.

My Review

Brooklyn Meyers was determined to make life better for herself and her ten-year-old daughter, Alycia. That was her main reason for not returning to Thunder Creek, Idaho. That and her cruel, abusive father. However, when she receives an unexpected, much- needed gift after the death of her estranged husband, Chad Hallston, she knows she must return.

Derek Johnson isn’t too happy about the news of Brooklyn’s return. He blames her for Chad leaving Thunder Creek, and in a small way, he figures she led to his death, too. But Chad’s dying wish forces him to deal with Brooklyn and Alycia.

Robin Lee Hatcher’s book, You’ll Think of Me, primarily takes place in Thunder Creek, Idaho, a picturesque, idyllic town. The local population cares greatly about its town and townspeople, jumping in to help whenever and wherever it’s needed. Miss Hatcher deftly weaves a story of a young woman beaten down by life who doesn’t trust anyone except herself but has begun to learn to lean on the Lord for guidance and assurance.

As the story progresses, key characters in the story help Brooklyn to grow and learn life is a series of forgiveness and trust. Although the story could be dark and deep, Miss Hatcher uses just the right touches of depth and feeling to illustrate the tough situations within the story.

I received a copy of You’ll Think of Me from two different sources: NetGalley and The Fiction Guild. However, I was under no obligation to post a review.