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Monday, October 10, 2011

Belonging by Robin Lee Hatcher

Robin Lee Hatcher is known for her stories that combine faith, hope and love.   Her latest novel, Belonging, continues the timeless message of “love conquers all” that seems to be a common thread in many of Robin’s books.  I appreciate that while Robin knows how to tell a good love story, she keeps her books clean and wholesome. 

In Belonging, readers meet up with Felicia Kristoffersen and Colin Murphy, both who carry deep wounds from their past.   When Felicia arrives in Frenchman’s Bluff, Idaho as the town’s new schoolteacher, Colin thinks she’s like all the rest; simply biding her time while looking for a husband.  Colin quickly discovers, a husband is the last thing Felicia has in mind.  She sees Colin as nothing more than her landlord and plans to keep their relationship strictly professional.  Both characters are pretty soured on life and I couldn’t help but hope they would eventually realize what they had right in front of them, and be able to move forward.

I saw another review of Belonging that labeled it “too preachy”.  I completely disagree!  Granted, there are quite a few scripture references woven into the dialogue and thoughts of the characters, but I wasn’t surprised since this title is published as “Christian Fiction”.   This story was encouraging and inspirational and no doubt, a reflection of the author’s goal to point readers toward placing their hope in God when circumstances seem impossible.

Another great title from Robin that I highly recommend!

This book was provided free for review by Zondervan

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