I can always count on Robin Lee Hatcher to bring out the entire range of my emotions. Who I Am With You is no different. The spiritual arc of Jessica’s journey was beautiful. Having Ridley to lean on during a time of vulnerability gave her the chance to learn to trust again. Even though they both have people that they need to forgive, their journeys to that place of forgiveness take them on different paths.
I’ve said before that I love small-town romances. This was no exception, even though we really only see the town for a brief glimpse during a festival. Most of the book takes place between the two cabins that Ridley and Jessica call home. I think that scenario made things more intimate, it pulled you deeper into what each character was going through.
Hatcher always manages to pull the perfect Bible verses into the moment they are most needed. The use of Jessica’s great-great-grandfather’s Bible, along with his journey throughout the pages was a unique twist that I found enjoyable. It was interesting to see where the Bible started at so we can follow its journey through the series.
I won’t spoil the ending, but I will say it surprised me. There was a specific moment I was waiting for that never happened, and I was not disappointed at all. I was pleasantly surprised that Hatcher wrote it the way she did. The true change in Jessica’s faith, the choice to trust God, was highlighted by the detour.
Anyone who enjoys a prominent spiritual journey with a dash of romance, this is the book for you. Who I am With You offers hope when things seem hopeless. It is a reminder that all things are in God’s hands, even when we feel that He has given us burdens too heavy to bear.
Favorite moment: Jessica asks Ridley how he can still have faith in God. Ridley’s response: “I lost faith in people. God never lied to me, people did that.”
That’s what we have to remember. People will fail us but God never will.
About the Book:
For these two broken hearts, the first step toward love will be a huge leap of faith.
Jessica Mason isn’t looking for love when she meets Ridley Chesterfield. Instead she is still reeling from the tragic, unexpected loss of her husband and daughter—and awaiting the arrival of her unborn child. Harboring the secret of her husband’s betrayal, her pain is deeper than anyone knows.
Ridley Chesterfield is hiding out in Hope Springs, Idaho, avoiding a political scandal and the barrage of false media headlines that have tarnished his good name. The last thing Ridley wants is a relationship—but when fate leads Ridley to form a friendship with his reclusive and pregnant neighbor, he wonders if this small-town hideout might be more of a long-term destination.
When Jessica begins to read her great-grandfather’s Bible, she finds a connection with a man she never knew. Somehow the verses he marked and the words he wrote in the margins open her heart to healing. And as Ridley and Jessica help each other forgive the people who have broken their hearts, they must decide if the past will define them or if they will choose to love again.
Who I Am with You weaves together a modern-day romance with Jessica’s great-grandfather’s story from the 1930s, reminding us that some truths can cross generations and that faith has the power to transform families forever.
Who I Am with You is the first book in Robin’s new “A Legacy of Faith” series.
About the Author:
Robin Lee Hatcher is the author of over 75 novels and novellas with over five million copies of her books in print. She is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. Robin is an ACFW Carol Award winner and an eight-time finalist and has won two RITA Awards and been a finalist eleven times. Her numerous other awards include the Christy Award, the HOLT Medallion, the National Reader’s Choice Award, and the Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award. She is also the recipient of prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards from both American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America.
When not writing, she enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, Bible art journaling, reading books that make her cry, watching romantic movies, and decorative planning. A mother and grandmother, Robin and her husband make their home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with a demanding Papillon dog and a persnickety tuxedo cat.