I had the unusual opportunity to receive two books from Zondervan Publishing at one time, in a new series, Where the Heart Lives, by Robin Lee Hatcher! This is unusual because readers often have to wait for Book Two and then Book Three. This is hard to do when the author has written a story that takes the reader in so well that she wants to know what happens next!
Ms. Hatcher sets her books in what she knows best, the Rocky Mountain country of Idaho. The three-book series, (yes, I know I am going to have to wait for Book Three), tells the story of three children: Hugh, Felicia, and Diana, from the tenements of Chicago, who have been orphaned by the death of their mother. They are placed on an Orphan Train to be adopted by families willing to raise them. How this turns out for each one as they are all now adults is the premise of each story.
Book One, Belonging, is the story of Felicia, the oldest girl. Her heart's desire is to be a teacher, and she has trained for the job. The small town of Frenchman's Bluff, Idaho has just lost their teacher, and they are not too sure Felicia is able to do the job but are willing to give her a chance. Colin Murphy is a shopkeeper who has generously given up a home he had built for his wife before her death, for the new school "marm." He and his daughter, Charity, befriend Felicia. Could this friendship lead to something more? How Felicia succeeds in a rough town, makes friends, finds satisfaction in doing a difficult job,and finds a place to call home, kept my interest to the last page.
In Book Two, Betrayal, the oldest child of the family, Hugh, has been in and out of trouble most of his life. Surprisingly, his father is not dead as the children were told. He finds Hugh and leads him on a downward path of crime. Hugh is imprisoned for a crime his father committed, and becomes a very bitter man. He wants more than anything to find his sisters and peace. How this all works out, and how Hugh finds the woman that God has for him kept me turning page after page.
Now, if Ms. Hatcher will please finish Book Three quickly so I can find out "what happens next," I will be most appreciative!
Let's give away one copy of each of these first two books to one of Joy In Our Journey's readers!
Zondervan has provided me with two copies of each of these two books, so I have one brand new, never-before-read set of Belonging and Betrayal to give away!
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I was provided with two copies of each of these two books in exchange for my honest review of the books. No other compensation was provided.
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