Sunday, January 14, 2018

"You're Gonna Love Me" by Robin Lee Hatcher

Robin Lee Hatcher has long been one of those romance writers whose books I enjoy reading when I get the chance. Her books are romantic and engaging, but they generally haven't been "unputdownable" for me. That all changed with You're Gonna Love Me, a book that I read in just a couple hours as I was so completely immersed in the story!

Who knew fate could twist a tragedy into a second chance at love?

Samantha Winters lives her life the way a good accountant should—measured, deliberate, and safe. After watching her father die in a tragic skiing accident, she decided never to allow risk into her life again. But she didn’t count on falling for Nick Chastain, who embodies everything she doesn’t want in her safely constructed world.

Against Samantha’s warnings, Nick plans a dangerous kayaking trip over spring break. Furious that he’s so careless with his life, she ends their fledgling relationship with harsh words.

Two years later, Samantha is desperately in need of a change. When she learns her grandmother has had an accident and is in need of a caretaker, Samantha quickly packs her bags and heads to Thunder Creek, Idaho. But nothing could prepare her for the surprise awaiting her in her grandmother’s hospital room . . . Nick.

With the charming backdrop of small-town friends, beloved cousins, and a whole church congregation rooting for them, can they set aside the disastrous ending of their first try at love? Has Nick changed enough to meet Samantha in the middle—and can she realize that a risk in love might be worth taking?

When Sam returns to Thunder Creek to care for her grandmother, the last person she expects to find is her ex-boyfriend Nick. Even more surprising, though, are the changes in Nick. He's kind, considerate of others, and has a growing relationship with Christ.

Following a traumatic brain injury, Nick isn't the man he once was. Not only has his second chance at life given him a new appreciation for others and reliance on his faith, but it's also left him with some mental difficulties. He never dreamed that Sam would come back into his life, but when she does, he struggles with whether it would be fair to her to ask her to share his life.

Sam and Nick are both compelling characters the reader can't help but root for. Their romance is both sweet and heartbreaking by turn, and the obstacles to their "happily ever after," while mostly internal conflict, struck me as incredibly believable.

Wrapped up in this engaging love story is a powerful message of trusting God and not being afraid. Sam has been ruled by her fear ever since her father's accidental death, and nearly every decision in her adult life has come from a desire for safety. Nick's fear is not for physical safety but a fear that his injury would leave him incapable of being a good husband and father. Throughout the story, both characters take steps forward and backward when it comes to trusting God in a way that feels authentic.

You're Gonna Love Me is the second Robin Lee Hatcher book to be set in Thunder Creek, and I hope it won't be the last! Full of romance, engaging characters, and a compelling plot, You're Gonna Love Me is a book romance readers will love. 5 stars.

Buy the book.
Read my reviews of Hatcher's Thunder Creek book You'll Think of Me (4 stars); her Kings Meadow books A Promise Kept (5 stars--not "officially" a Kings Meadow novel, but set there), Love Without End (4-1/2 stars), I Hope You Dance (3-1/2 stars), and Whenever You Come Around (4-1/2 stars); Beloved (4-1/2 stars); and The Heart's Pursuit (4 stars).

Best-selling novelist Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her heart-warming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, two RT Career Achievement Awards, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over sixty novels.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the Fiction Guild. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."

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