Find a story of forgiveness and unexpected love in Keeper of the Stars by Robin Lee Hatcher (Blog Tour Review & Giveaway)

Keeper of the Stars (Kings Meadow Romance, #3)Keeper of the Stars
(Kings Meadow Romance #3)
by Robin Lee Hatcher
Christian Contemporary Romance
Paperback & ebook, 304 Pages
January 26th 2016 by Thomas Nelson


Because it's not always love at first sight!

When her mother died from pneumonia, Penny Cartwright was heartbroken. But now, after burying her younger brother just 12 years later, she is devastated. Anger, guilt, and sorrow cloud Penny's mind, and the last thing she wants is to be reminded of her pain---but that's exactly what happens when a stranger comes to town.

Trevor Reynolds has been chasing fame for more than a dozen years, but his musical career can't get off the ground. While on the road, an accident kills his young drummer, Brad Cartwright. Trevor wasn't behind the wheel, but he still blames himself . . . and so does Brad's sister, Penny. Now Trevor finds himself in Kings Meadow, determined to follow through on his final promise to his friend.

Still feeling the pain of Brad's death, Penny and Trevor must learn that forgiveness is the only thing that can heal their hearts. And if they do forgive, something beautiful may rise from the ashes of heartbreak.

Read the prologue and first chapter here.

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My Review

KEEPER OF THE STARS was a beautiful and rich story about a family dealing with the aftermath of a tragedy and the man who seeks to keep a promise. Trevor was the leader of Penny's little brother's band and the one Penny blames for his death. Their first meeting is anything but cordial. Thank goodness there is her father, Rodney to ease the situation and to see that his family are not alone in their pain. There were so many touching moments, some of heartbreak, some of introspection, some of hearts opening to God and others, and some romantic. It was enjoyable and heartfelt. Definitely a story for Christian romance readers.

I liked the characters and how the author let them struggle and grow. There were flashbacks to the younger brother's memories, as well as POVs from Rodney, Penny, and Trevor. For this story it all worked rather well and gave insight to what each was feeling. Penny I struggled with a little bit because she is so stuck on her plans, both in the past and the future. She really pushed her brother away as well as others, but acts like everyone else is to blame for what happened and she is the injured party. Thank goodness she eventually figures things out. She ended up growing on me. I really liked Trevor. He was such a good guy and so willing to pitch in and work hard. I loved Rodney. He was just a fabulous character and really held everything together.

The overarching theme is forgiveness with some focus on a change of heart, accepting God, being willing to change plans, and being open to love. I liked how easily the characters conversed with God, how simple it was for them, and how open they were to trying to do what they should. I also liked the small-town setting. Then there was the slowly-building romance, a relationship that started rocky, then turned to friendship and respect, and finally to the possibility of more. Which is just how I like it.

Overall, this was another enjoyable release from Hatcher. I'm looking forward to her next one!

Content: Clean

Source: I received a complimentary copy for review via Litfuse Publicity for tour purposes, which did not affect my review in any way.

About the Author

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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