There have been a few different recent books that have been based on the orphan trains of the 1800s. I’ve absolutely loved all of them thus far, and while browsing at the local library, I discovered another book on the subject. To my surprise, Belonging was published in 2011, and I had completely missed it! To be honest, I didn’t know who Robin Lee Hatcher was at the time since I was still discovering Christian fiction. So a couple of weeks ago I decided this would be my first book by her, and I eagerly dug in!
Oh my. I had no idea what I was missing! I loved this story about Felicia and Colin! Both of them were independent and headstrong, weighed down by emotional scars, yet determined to make the best possible future for themselves. As they slowly started to figure out that their future could be together, I was absolutely charmed by them! Felicia inspired me with her ability to praise God and realign her thoughts even through her trials. It’s something that I’m working on in my life, and Robin Lee Hatcher writes in such a captivating, uplifting manner! I can’t wait to read the rest of the “Where the Heart Lives” series! Don’t be like me and wait seven years to read it!
*I borrowed this book and was under no obligation to review nor provide a positive review.
Back Cover Blurb:
In the high desert town of Frenchman’s Bluff, Idaho, Felicia Kristoffersen has set out to create a future for herself that is better than her painful past. Alone in the world with only her faith to sustain her, she must prove herself as this tiny community’s new school teacher. She cannot, must not, fail.
But, there are those who never wanted her there to begin with. Five years after the death of his wife, local merchant Colin Murphy cares about just one thing: raising his daughter, Charity. Colin wants to give her the educational advantages he never had. The new schoolmarm’s inexperience doesn’t sit well with him, and if this teacher up and marries like the last one did, Charity’s heart will be broken once again. A woman who hasn’t known love. A man who lost the love he had.
In the midst of the wide, sage-covered plains, each is about to discover that life’s bitterest circumstances truly can work together for good.
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