Title: Who I Am With You
Author: Robin Lee Hatcher
Publisher: Thomas Nelson-Fiction
Publication Date: 11 December 2018
Genre: Romance, Christian
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. Harbouring 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 neighbour, 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 wronged them, they must decide if the past will define them or if they will choose to love again.
Ms Hatcher has been able to weave the contemporary issues into the daily lives of the characters both in the 1930s (prohibition, war, the Great Depression) and the 2010s (election scandals, social media). This is particularly interesting because some Christian authors tend to address important issues and their effect on Christian beliefs in a vacuum. The characters are relatable, the kind of people, you would envision sitting down and chatting over a cup of jo.
Who I am with You is a great read for someone who needs encouragement especially when faced with external circumstances beyond their control. It serves as a great reminder that God is in control regardless of the situation. Andrew Henning’s storyline will remind readers of the importance of building family legacies which can be as simple as keeping passing down your study Bible.
This is my first Robin Lee Hatcher book and I am looking forward to the other books in this series.