Will writing a romance help this author find a real-life hero?
Charity Anderson turned her back on Kings Meadow years ago, with good reason, and has avoided visits to her hometown whenever possible. But with her house in Boise damaged by floodwaters and a book deadline bearing down, staying in her parents’ empty home seems her only option. However, being back in Kings Meadow dredges up a painful secret, and old fears threaten to overwhelm her.
Charity’s former high school classmate Buck Malone never left town, instead sacrificing his dreams to take care of his family. Now he enjoys an uncomplicated life as a wilderness guide and confirmed bachelor. The last thing on his mind is settling down.
When Charity’s dog causes an accident that leaves Buck with a broken ankle and wrist at the start of prime tourist season, Charity has little choice but to render aid while he recuperates. Soon Buck becomes the inspiration for Charity’s hero, both on the page and off. Can he also help her face and overcome her fears so they might find their own happily ever after?
"Kings Meadow welcomes you.
Tucked away in the mountains north of Boise, Idaho, Kings Meadow is rich in history...
mining... raising cattle... and champion quarter horses.
In Kings Meadow, horses can still be found tied up outside the local watering holes,
and formal attire for weddings may include boots and cowboy hats.
Come and visit us. We'll make you feel at home."
Every so often a situation in life brings us home, even if we have tried to stay far... far away. In those rare seasons of life, many of us learn that what once was can lose its strong-hold and be replaced with peace. Charity finds herself back in her childhood home. A devastating storm has flooded her house and she needs a temporary place to write, to wait, and to "unleash" the fears from her past.
"These terrible feelings, these black thoughts and feared memories,
were why she avoided coming home a much as possible.
They were why she'd cut herself off from lifelong friends,
why she'd erected barriers between herself and the people she loved."
With her parents on "the trip of a lifetime," Charity's story begins as she arrives back home. Anxiety about "coming home" will lead her into a return to memories that she has tried so hard to forget. What she finds is a "good-neighbor" deed and a long lost romance.
"Hey, Charity. Is that really you? Haven't seen you in years. How are you?"
Buck Malone is currently a wilderness guide. He loves spending the summer and fall riding through the "back country, sleeping under the stars." Having bought the house next door to Charity's parents, neither of them expected that a run in with her dog would "open the doors" to renewing a friendship and a glimmer of hope.
"When she'd written her novels, she hadn't thought about trying to sell them to a publisher,
as crazy as that sounded.
She'd been wrapped up in the joy of storytelling, and that had been enough."
Self assured and on her way as an author, Charity had no plans on getting involved in the town or with any of those she grew up knowing. Given all of the changes with her publisher, she would be spending all of the time pursuing the craft of writing a "Romance" novel... something she knew little about and had no interest in discovering.
"Don't think you've scared me off yet, Miss Anderson.
I'll figure out what makes you tick. You'll see."
Buck knew it was dangerous to love. "He couldn't help loving his family members. He couldn't help caring about his close friends. But he could protect himself from the kind of pain his mom had gone through after his dad died." Or could he? Will Charity's facade be enough of a quest that could endear him to the point of no return?
"What made you bolt, Charity?
You need to let somebody in, Charity.
Might as well be me."
The ease and quick witted responses between Charity and Buck is comfortable, like a nice pair leather gloves. Their relationship is "tooled" to perfection with every day encounters that are reminiscent of past summers. So well crafted you will drift off into snapshots from your own memory book. With a first person perspective you are drawn into Charity's and Buck's relationship, uniquely woven and flawlessly transitioned.
This is perfect summer romance, enjoy your visit to King's Meadow,
Enjoyable, uplifting, and an excellent retreat!
Meet the Author:
Robin Lee Hatcher is the bestselling author of 70 books. Her numerous awards include the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction, the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance, and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award. Robin and her husband currently reside in Idaho. For more information, visit www.robinleehatcher.com.
"I received this book for free for this review."