Because it's not always love at first sight!
When her mother died from pneumonia, Penny Cartwright was heartbroken. But now, after burying her younger brother just 12 years later, she is devastated. Anger, guilt, and sorrow cloud Penny's mind, and the last thing she wants is to be reminded of her pain---but that's exactly what happens when a stranger comes to town.
Trevor Reynolds has been chasing fame for more than a dozen years, but his musical career can't get off the ground. While on the road, an accident kills his young drummer, Brad Cartwright. Trevor wasn't behind the wheel, but he still blames himself . . . and so does Brad's sister, Penny. Now Trevor finds himself in Kings Meadow, determined to follow through on his final promise to his friend.
Still feeling the pain of Brad's death, Penny and Trevor must learn that forgiveness is the only thing that can heal their hearts. And if they do forgive, something beautiful may rise from the ashes of heartbreak.
In Keeper of the Stars, the last thing Penny wants is to be constantly reminded of her brother Brad's death and the huge fight they had beforehand. But when Trevor, lead singer of the band Brad played with, moves to Kings Meadow, Penny has no choice but to face her pain.
As this is a romance novel, I had no doubt that Penny and Trevor would find their way to one another, and I loved the scenes where the two were getting to know one another (albeit reluctantly on Penny's part). I did think that the shift from dislike to love came a bit quickly (not timewise, but in how the characters were portrayed on the page), and the romance was not my favorite aspect of the novel. The characters are very strong, though, and they carried the novel when the romance wasn't as toe curling as I'd hoped. I absolutely loved Penny's dad and his relationships with both Penny and Trevor, and Trevor's transition to small town life was enjoyable, too.
While Keeper of the Stars is part of Hatcher's Kings Meadow series, you do not need to have read any of the other books to enjoy this one. A few characters from the other novels pop up, but they are minor characters in Keeper of the Stars. Those who have read the other Kings Meadow books will surely want to read Keeper of the Stars, and those who haven't will find it a great introduction to a wonderful series. 4 stars.
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Read my reviews of Hatcher's Kings Meadow books A Promise Kept (5 stars--not "officially" a Kings Meadow novel, but set there), Love Without End (4-1/2 stars) and Whenever You Come Around (4-1/2 stars); Beloved (4-1/2 stars); and The Heart's Pursuit (4 stars).
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