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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 k 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 wronged them, 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.


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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 k 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 wronged them, 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.

30 review for Who I Am with You

  1. 5 out of 5

    Deanne Patterson

    This is book 1 in the Legacy of Faith series. This is Jessica and Ridley's story but then again it's also Helen and Andrew's story. This story was so hard to put down once I started it, it's just that great! Jessica has suffered a devastating loss of her husband and daughter. Ridley, her new neighbor has moved in next door in the abandoned property. He is there dealing with a painful past as well. Neither are looking for friendship from each other or anything more. When they keep bumping into ea This is book 1 in the Legacy of Faith series. This is Jessica and Ridley's story but then again it's also Helen and Andrew's story. This story was so hard to put down once I started it, it's just that great! Jessica has suffered a devastating loss of her husband and daughter. Ridley, her new neighbor has moved in next door in the abandoned property. He is there dealing with a painful past as well. Neither are looking for friendship from each other or anything more. When they keep bumping into each other in town and Ridley's new dog keeps coming to Jessica's house just maybe friendship or can something more flourish despite heartbreak and sadness plaguing Jessica. I really enjoyed how the book doesn't have fluff, it's a very plausible story line. The story is intertwined between past and present through a family bible that gives so much comfort.Very easy to relate to characters, they could be your neighbors. Robin always writes such beautiful books with wonderful lessons in them that you just have to shake your head yes to and agree with them! My favorite quote from the book, " I offered my bitterness to God, and I felt him take it from me. " Forgiveness is such a key element in this book. Forgiveness is so healing. I can not wait for the next book in this series! Publication date December 11,2018 I was given a complimentary copy of this book by the author. Thank you. All opinions expressed are my own.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jen. (JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews)

    . . I’ll start off by saying that Ridley Chesterfield has got to be the coolest name for a male lead, ever! Who I Am With You was so warm and gentle, handling a difficult topic with grace. This story was so full of hope and comfort. I can’t say enough good things about this book! It was sweet. Heartwarming. Heartbreaking. It was filled with grace. Forgiveness. Faith. Hope. Love. God’s love. This is the first book I’ve read by Robin Lee Hatcher and her writing is beautiful. I’m instantly a fan! Who I A . . I’ll start off by saying that Ridley Chesterfield has got to be the coolest name for a male lead, ever! Who I Am With You was so warm and gentle, handling a difficult topic with grace. This story was so full of hope and comfort. I can’t say enough good things about this book! It was sweet. Heartwarming. Heartbreaking. It was filled with grace. Forgiveness. Faith. Hope. Love. God’s love. This is the first book I’ve read by Robin Lee Hatcher and her writing is beautiful. I’m instantly a fan! Who I Am With You is the first book in the Legacy of Faith series. The second book, Cross My Heart, is available on June 25th. I will absolutely be reading it!! To purchase your own copy of Who I Am With You, and you totally should, visit Christian Book Distributors . I borrowed a copy of this book from the library. A review was not requested nor required. All opinions expressed are my own.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Andrea Cox

    FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Read with Audra, NetGalley, and Thomas Nelson. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions. What an exquisite delivery of a delicate subject! This is only my second Robin Lee Hatcher book, but she is quickly becoming a favorite. Her writing style is laid-back yet vulnerable. Her author voice is sweet and soothing. Yet it's the depth of this tale that struck my heart and has me wanting more. How long FTC Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book from Read with Audra, NetGalley, and Thomas Nelson. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts and opinions. What an exquisite delivery of a delicate subject! This is only my second Robin Lee Hatcher book, but she is quickly becoming a favorite. Her writing style is laid-back yet vulnerable. Her author voice is sweet and soothing. Yet it's the depth of this tale that struck my heart and has me wanting more. How long must I wait to return to Hope Springs in book two?! Infidelity is a tough topic that is often awkward to discuss. Mrs. Hatcher dove right in and brought us a story that shows not only the cruelty of this sin but also the scope of its consequences -- which touch many more lives than the people most intimately involved. What was perhaps the most amazing thing about this novel was the way in which the author brought out the raw emotions while using a gentleness that nearly seems contrary to the abrasive, unjust actions of certain characters (the details, thankfully, were kept off the page -- no bedroom scenes, thank you!). I just adored the way that forgiveness, hope, and fresh beginnings were interwoven to create a beautiful display of God's love in the midst of bone-deep heartache. True healing -- and reconciliation! -- is worth the battle, folks.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

    4.5 stars This story fully absorbed my attention and kept me flipping the pages all day long. It wasn’t hard to stay involved in the story even though it kept flipping back in each chapter to a section from Jessica’s great-grandfather in the Great Depression. The transitions were smooth and easy to follow, which is a big plus in a dual timeline story. Ridley and Jessica are a fun couple, and it was a huge plus to me that they began as friends and neighbors before they got romantically interested i 4.5 stars This story fully absorbed my attention and kept me flipping the pages all day long. It wasn’t hard to stay involved in the story even though it kept flipping back in each chapter to a section from Jessica’s great-grandfather in the Great Depression. The transitions were smooth and easy to follow, which is a big plus in a dual timeline story. Ridley and Jessica are a fun couple, and it was a huge plus to me that they began as friends and neighbors before they got romantically interested in each other. This book also features one of the best treatments of infidelity that I’ve run across recently. Robin Lee Hatcher is quickly becoming a favorite contemporary-fiction author of mine because of her colorful characters, relevant spiritual truths, and solid storytelling. I can’t wait for the second book in this series, which will feature Jessica’s cousin and continue more of Andrew’s story from the 1930s. Thanks to the publisher and netgalley for a free ecopy. A favorable review was not required.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Maddy

    Oh my goodness, this book was adorable! I have been in a reading slump for months, but I think this book got me out of it. I absolutely loved this story and I found myself reading it every chance I got. Who I am With You follows the life’s of Jessica and Ridley. Both are in a time of healing in their life’s and didn’t expect to make a friend along the way. Jessica has recently lost her husband and daughter, and Ridley is trying to get away from the false media headlines that are headlining his na Oh my goodness, this book was adorable! I have been in a reading slump for months, but I think this book got me out of it. I absolutely loved this story and I found myself reading it every chance I got. Who I am With You follows the life’s of Jessica and Ridley. Both are in a time of healing in their life’s and didn’t expect to make a friend along the way. Jessica has recently lost her husband and daughter, and Ridley is trying to get away from the false media headlines that are headlining his name. This was such a sweet story and I enjoyed every minute of it. There’s friendships and healing and all of it was just beautiful. The story also follows some of Andrew Henning’s life which is Jessica’s great-grandfather. I will admit that one of my least favorite things to see in a book is flashback stories from old relatives. I don’t know why but I have just never like it. I have to say though, I actually really enjoyed reading about Andrew. His story kept me just as interested as the actually story the book focused on itself. That’s definitely a first! I absolutely loved this book and I’d definitely recommend it! “I received a free copy of this book from Revell in exchange of my honest review. All thoughts are my own.”

  6. 4 out of 5

    Maureen Timerman

    I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the second read in this series. With a theme of forgiveness resounding through decades, we see how hurt people go through their daily lives, and wonder if they will be able to find the peace that God offers? A priceless bible from an unknown great grandfather given to her with the knowledge that she will know when to pass it on. Can you imagine holding this book in your hands and reading his remarks and the verses he underlined, what a treasure. I really enjoyed this book and am looking forward to the second read in this series. With a theme of forgiveness resounding through decades, we see how hurt people go through their daily lives, and wonder if they will be able to find the peace that God offers? A priceless bible from an unknown great grandfather given to her with the knowledge that she will know when to pass it on. Can you imagine holding this book in your hands and reading his remarks and the verses he underlined, what a treasure. There is a bit of sweet romance here, but there is also some heartbreak, betrayal, and death of loved ones, but there is also Hope offered here, and we are there to witness it first had through the words of the author. I loved going back and forth between the decades, but at times I didn’t want to leave where I was, but was always happy to go back. I highly recommend this read, one you won’t want to put down. I received this book through Net Galley and the Publisher Thomas Nelson, and was not required to give a positive review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Madison

    Who I Am With You is a charming and touching story of forgiveness and recovering from great loss. It’s about love and family and commitment and finding a beautiful connection with someone. Thoroughly enjoyable, it’s guaranteed to bring a tender smile to your face. It has only been a few months since the tragic death of her daughter and husband, but Jessica’s family was falling apart long before that fateful car accident. Now a few months pregnant, Jessica has isolated herself from her friends, ru Who I Am With You is a charming and touching story of forgiveness and recovering from great loss. It’s about love and family and commitment and finding a beautiful connection with someone. Thoroughly enjoyable, it’s guaranteed to bring a tender smile to your face. It has only been a few months since the tragic death of her daughter and husband, but Jessica’s family was falling apart long before that fateful car accident. Now a few months pregnant, Jessica has isolated herself from her friends, running her art and design business from home, until Ridley Chesterfield moves into the house next door. Ridley, too, had has his life shaken when his reputation was tarnished across national media. Ridley and Jessica find common ground and they start to develop a sweet friendship that helps them each rebuild faith in themselves, God and the people around them. But as their feelings grow, neither is sure if the timing is right for something more than friendship. I really enjoyed this first book in a new series by Robin Lee Hatcher. What the synopsis doesn’t allude to is the dual stories included within this book. At the start of Jessica’s story she receives a bible handed down from her great-grandfather to her grandmother to her. Interspersed with Jessica’s story are sections from Jessica’s great-grandfather, Andrew Henning, as he faced the challenges of the Great Depression, starting a family, loss, and family breakdown and how he kept his faith through all trials. While Jessica doesn’t learn of these stories, his bible gives her the same strength and support to rebuild her faith and continue on through everything she has to face. I loved Jessica and Ridley’s relationship. What starts as a simple acquaintance slowly grows into a beautiful friendship, and, through shared understanding, patience and a little attraction, something more. The peaceful setting and charming small town of Hope Springs is the perfect backdrop for their story of renewal. I am eagerly awaiting the second book in The Legacy of Faith series, I Cross My Heart, which continues the Henning family story as they face the looming Second World War and a new contemporary story as Jessica’s cousin takes the lead role in what is sure to be another charming and beautifully crafted story of love and faith. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own. Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library

  8. 5 out of 5

    Staci

    Legacy of Faith is the perfect name for this series. In this dual time period novel, characters in both the contemporary thread and that of the 1930s depression are filled with faith in Christ and perseverance for a better life. Lemonade can come from lemons. I enjoyed both story lines but was compelled by the current day account of Jessica and Ridley just a bit more. My favorite in the novel though was Andrew, a young man in the 1930s who was such a wonderful example of sacrificing for those we l Legacy of Faith is the perfect name for this series. In this dual time period novel, characters in both the contemporary thread and that of the 1930s depression are filled with faith in Christ and perseverance for a better life. Lemonade can come from lemons. I enjoyed both story lines but was compelled by the current day account of Jessica and Ridley just a bit more. My favorite in the novel though was Andrew, a young man in the 1930s who was such a wonderful example of sacrificing for those we love. This was a beautiful beginning to a new series. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Grace Grzy

    This was the first book by Robin Lee Hatcher that I have read, and it did not disappoint! The two main characters, Ridley and Jessica, are both incredibly relatable and real characters, you can't help but empathize with their story. Within only a chapter or two, I quickly fell in love with them both. Overall, Hatcher writes a really sweet cast of characters, from Ridley's and Jessica's parents, to their friends, and even that villainous Selena. (view spoiler)[Dude. What a witch! (hide spoiler)] T This was the first book by Robin Lee Hatcher that I have read, and it did not disappoint! The two main characters, Ridley and Jessica, are both incredibly relatable and real characters, you can't help but empathize with their story. Within only a chapter or two, I quickly fell in love with them both. Overall, Hatcher writes a really sweet cast of characters, from Ridley's and Jessica's parents, to their friends, and even that villainous Selena. (view spoiler)[Dude. What a witch! (hide spoiler)] The plot was sweet, simple, and somewhat meandering, but in the most enjoyable way. I laughed out loud at times, and cried at others. While I'm not usually a fan of split time periods, I really loved reading about Jessica's great-great-grandpa(?), Andrew, and at times was on the edge of my seat waiting to go back into his POV. The two stories and time periods meshed together nearly perfectly. The subject of marital infidelity can be very hard to write about and read about, but Hatcher handled it in a very realistic and honest, yet still tasteful and tactful way. The themes of hope and love were amazingly and inspirationally done. Overall, Hatcher's Who I Am With You felt like a breath of fresh air! Highly recommended! I will definitely be purchasing a copy of this beautiful book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sarita

    The cute cover first drew me to the book. What made me pick it up (or download the audio in this case) was all the great reviews I saw on my goodreads page. This was my first book by Robin Lee Hatcher and after this book will not be the last. This story is filled with hurt people on their path to healing. Both the contemporary plus the historical story was filled with real people dealing with real issues. Jessica and Ridley's story was a sweet one to witness and they both had a lot of hurt to hea The cute cover first drew me to the book. What made me pick it up (or download the audio in this case) was all the great reviews I saw on my goodreads page. This was my first book by Robin Lee Hatcher and after this book will not be the last. This story is filled with hurt people on their path to healing. Both the contemporary plus the historical story was filled with real people dealing with real issues. Jessica and Ridley's story was a sweet one to witness and they both had a lot of hurt to heal. I loved the part where Ridley said "God didn't lie to me, people did" - how often to we blame God for how others treat us. Andrew (Jessica's great-grandfather) tucked on my heartstrings. He took the difficult road and was a true witness of God's love and forgiveness, even though at times it was too much for him. I'm looking forward to continuing this series.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Rachael

    Review to come..

  12. 4 out of 5

    Melanie

    Who I Am with You is the first book in the Legacy of Faith series. I found the plot for this book to be intriguing and unique. I loved the alternating timelines (current day and the 1930s). The characters went through so much and I didn't know how everything would end up. The romance was different. She had just lost her husband and daughter, so it did feel a bit soon for a new romance (to me), but I understand why it happened the way it did and I enjoyed that part of the book. All in all, Who I Am Who I Am with You is the first book in the Legacy of Faith series. I found the plot for this book to be intriguing and unique. I loved the alternating timelines (current day and the 1930s). The characters went through so much and I didn't know how everything would end up. The romance was different. She had just lost her husband and daughter, so it did feel a bit soon for a new romance (to me), but I understand why it happened the way it did and I enjoyed that part of the book. All in all, Who I Am with You was a great read and I recommend it. An easy to read story with depth and good characters. I can't wait to read the next book! *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

  13. 5 out of 5

    Mary Jackson _TheMaryReader

    I loved this book from the first chapter. Hatcher can tell a love story that leaves you wanting more. I hated to see this one come to an end. Jessica and Ridley's story is not to be missed and the forgiveness in this book was so refreshing. I was so excited to meet Hope too. I cant wait for her next book next summer. 4 stars and I recommend it. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own. I loved this book from the first chapter. Hatcher can tell a love story that leaves you wanting more. I hated to see this one come to an end. Jessica and Ridley's story is not to be missed and the forgiveness in this book was so refreshing. I was so excited to meet Hope too. I cant wait for her next book next summer. 4 stars and I recommend it. The Mary Reader received this book from the publisher for review. A favorable review was not required and all views expressed are our own.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cara Putman

    She is a masterful writer of romance and has become a go-to author for me when I'm in the mood for a contemporary romance. Who I am With You is the first in a brand new series set in Idaho. From the first page you will feel transported into the characters' lives and be rooting for them to find hope and healing...and just maybe restoration and love. A great read! She is a masterful writer of romance and has become a go-to author for me when I'm in the mood for a contemporary romance. Who I am With You is the first in a brand new series set in Idaho. From the first page you will feel transported into the characters' lives and be rooting for them to find hope and healing...and just maybe restoration and love. A great read!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Hallie Szott

    The start to Robin Lee Hatcher’s new Legacy of Faith series, Who I Am With You captivates with a heartfelt story of brokenness and healing, connecting past and present through contemporary and historical characters. The lives of Jessica Mason and Ridley Chesterfield have both been touched by scandal and loss. As the two deal with the ramifications of the past and learn how to move forward, they never expected to find each other. Still, their friendship (and then, romance, of course) grows, and th The start to Robin Lee Hatcher’s new Legacy of Faith series, Who I Am With You captivates with a heartfelt story of brokenness and healing, connecting past and present through contemporary and historical characters. The lives of Jessica Mason and Ridley Chesterfield have both been touched by scandal and loss. As the two deal with the ramifications of the past and learn how to move forward, they never expected to find each other. Still, their friendship (and then, romance, of course) grows, and their story fills with lessons on trust, forgiveness, and hope—encouraged a bit by the Bible belonging to Jessica’s great-grandfather, Andrew Henning, who had his own story to share. Who I Am With You is a sweet story. I so enjoyed getting to know these characters, their hurts and pains, their joys and faith, and loved how the two storylines worked together to create an entertaining, uplifting read. I recommend it. This review is also posted on Hallie Reads. Thanks to Read With Audra, I received a complimentary copy of Who I Am With You and the opportunity to provide an honest review. I was not required to write a positive review, and all the opinions I have expressed are my own. Reading Challenge Categories: -#Ampersand2019 Reading Challenge: A book with a person on the cover -Beat the Backlist Reading Bingo: Multiple points of view -Hope By the Book Reading Challenge: Five-word title -January Bookish Bingo: Multiple narrators -#LitsyAtoZ: W -Popsugar Reading Challenge: A book told from multiple character POVs -#ReadingUSA: Idaho

  16. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    Oh wow! What a wonderful beginning to a fascinating series! I absolutely loved and devoured this novel! Who I Am with You is a dual timeline novel and I can easily say that both the present and the past timelines equally captured my interest and kept me turning pages to find out what happened next. The development of the love story between Ridley and Jessica was heartwarming. Both of these characters had trust issues because of betrayals they had recently endured. The circumstances were different Oh wow! What a wonderful beginning to a fascinating series! I absolutely loved and devoured this novel! Who I Am with You is a dual timeline novel and I can easily say that both the present and the past timelines equally captured my interest and kept me turning pages to find out what happened next. The development of the love story between Ridley and Jessica was heartwarming. Both of these characters had trust issues because of betrayals they had recently endured. The circumstances were different and both Ridley and Jessica had to work through their emotions in their own ways. I loved the way their friendship turned into more, and all while Jessica was preparing her heart and home for a new baby. It was so precious. What Jessica had endured prior to Ridley’s arrival was so sad, making her journey of forgiveness and happiness and love that much sweeter. There was a beautiful faith message and focus on forgiveness woven throughout the entire book, in both the present and the past stories. I loved the way Andrew, in the story from the past, dove into God’s word and applied it to his life through some extremely trying experiences. God called him to love and forgive, even when it was hard. It was a touching story. I am excited to read more books in this series. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. You can read this review on my blog: https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  17. 5 out of 5

    100 Pages per Hour

    I really enjoyed getting to know Ridley and Jessica in this book. I especially liked the strong theme of forgiveness throughout this book. And while I'm not a fan of time slip novels, I enjoyed the contemporary part of this one enough to make up for it. There is a lot of grief in this book. I felt especially for Jessica in this story because she'd lost so much and was grieving both in a physical loss, but also an emotional loss as well. I was really thrilled when she was able to start getting her I really enjoyed getting to know Ridley and Jessica in this book. I especially liked the strong theme of forgiveness throughout this book. And while I'm not a fan of time slip novels, I enjoyed the contemporary part of this one enough to make up for it. There is a lot of grief in this book. I felt especially for Jessica in this story because she'd lost so much and was grieving both in a physical loss, but also an emotional loss as well. I was really thrilled when she was able to start getting her life back. I loved that she had friends that were so supportive. I really liked Ridley though. His grief was not near as strong, but I still believe he was grieving parts of his life he'd lost. I was really impressed with his ability to move on after such difficulties. I loved the importance of prayer in this book too. I love how many of the characters turned to prayer before they turned to other people. But I did also like that they sought out friends and family in difficult times too. I'm looking forward to what comes next in this series. I received a copy of this book through NetGalley. All opinions are my own.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Dana Michael

    What an inspirational story! I love the way the author used the tough subject of adultery and weave a beautiful story of forgiveness and hope. I feel this story can be used to minister to so many who are affected by such a betrayal. This book is a dual time line and I enjoyed both stories in each. The characters are lovable and the book was so easy to read. I really do love Hatcher's writing style. I look forward to the next book in the series. I give this book 4.5 stars. *I was given a copy of th What an inspirational story! I love the way the author used the tough subject of adultery and weave a beautiful story of forgiveness and hope. I feel this story can be used to minister to so many who are affected by such a betrayal. This book is a dual time line and I enjoyed both stories in each. The characters are lovable and the book was so easy to read. I really do love Hatcher's writing style. I look forward to the next book in the series. I give this book 4.5 stars. *I was given a copy of the book by Thomas Nelson Publishers and was not obligated to give a review. This is my honest opinion.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Joan Arning

    Who I Am With You is a unique, touching story of forgiveness. I loved how Jessica and Ridley realized they had to forgive others before they could build a relationship. Robin Lee Hatcher shared with her readers how Jessica's great grandfather also had to give forgiveness and build a new relationship with God and with his wife. This book has two separate stories going on - one in the 1930s and one modern day. I recommend Who I Am With You to others. I received a complimentary copy of this book fr Who I Am With You is a unique, touching story of forgiveness. I loved how Jessica and Ridley realized they had to forgive others before they could build a relationship. Robin Lee Hatcher shared with her readers how Jessica's great grandfather also had to give forgiveness and build a new relationship with God and with his wife. This book has two separate stories going on - one in the 1930s and one modern day. I recommend Who I Am With You to others. I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley and Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    "And I'm still pretending we were happy at the end." Isolating herself from family and friends after the untimely deaths of her husband and daughter, Hope Springs, Idaho artist Jessica Mason continues to grieve a past that wasn't as idyllic as it appeared to be. Now expecting the birth of her second child, and anticipating being a single mother, Jessica is surprised to find that the empty property next door has a new inhabitant; a man, who like herself, is seeking isolation. Ridley Chesterfield h "And I'm still pretending we were happy at the end." Isolating herself from family and friends after the untimely deaths of her husband and daughter, Hope Springs, Idaho artist Jessica Mason continues to grieve a past that wasn't as idyllic as it appeared to be. Now expecting the birth of her second child, and anticipating being a single mother, Jessica is surprised to find that the empty property next door has a new inhabitant; a man, who like herself, is seeking isolation. Ridley Chesterfield has arrived in Hope Springs hoping to escape a proverbial media storm of political nastiness; being falsely accused of leaking private information about the candidate that he publicly supported. Moving into his parents' new vacation home seems the right things to do in the interim, he just never expected to bond with his lovely, single, pregnant next door neighbor. Not only has the author written a lovely contemporary story, she has quietly and effectively slipped in a legacy of faith; for Jessica's family Bible, bequeathed to her upon her dear grandmother's death, is a treasure trove of wisdom, perfectly suited for two hearts learning how to live, love and forgive. I received a copy of this book from the author and publisher. The opinions stated are entirely my own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Loraine

    This novel contains a dual time both contemporary and historical. Jessica, a pregnant widow, is the main character in the contemporary time line; and Andrew, her grandfather, is the star of the historical period. Both characters are strong, realistic people while caught in the midst of major problems with their spouses. This is definitely a character driven story filled with pain, difficulty, and heartache for each of them. It shows tremendous growth in each of their characters as their faith gr This novel contains a dual time both contemporary and historical. Jessica, a pregnant widow, is the main character in the contemporary time line; and Andrew, her grandfather, is the star of the historical period. Both characters are strong, realistic people while caught in the midst of major problems with their spouses. This is definitely a character driven story filled with pain, difficulty, and heartache for each of them. It shows tremendous growth in each of their characters as their faith grows and they learn to trust God more. Both love stories are driven by faith. It is a journey to love, healing, and forgiveness for each of them. Ridley played the perfect role in the contemporary love story as he developed a friendship first with Jessica before ever moving further towards a relationship. I fell in love with "Kris" the adorable dog that brought Jessica and Ridley together. An enjoyable and uplifting story that makes me anxious to read the second book in this series. ** I received a complimentary copy of this book from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. Opinions are mine alone. I was not compensated for this review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Victoria Bylin

    I adored this story. Loved it from start to finish, and even teared up at the end. I don't usually do that, but this book was just so tender, so sweet, and so honest about spiritual struggles. Really loved it! Highly recommended for readers of contemporary romance, Christian fiction, women's fiction, and any other kind of fiction about families, marriage, healing, and forgiveness. I adored this story. Loved it from start to finish, and even teared up at the end. I don't usually do that, but this book was just so tender, so sweet, and so honest about spiritual struggles. Really loved it! Highly recommended for readers of contemporary romance, Christian fiction, women's fiction, and any other kind of fiction about families, marriage, healing, and forgiveness.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lilian

    oh my goodness, all the feels came rolling in for this book. <3 I absolutely enjoyed reading about all the characters, and although it was a bit difficult to relate to each of them, I easily connected and sympathized with them. Who I Am With You fully held my attention for its 320 pages- it had a dual timeline plot going on, so that's saying a lot. I thought the characters were super sweet. Each of the struggles they dealt with were definitely different from the "normal" struggles protagonists d oh my goodness, all the feels came rolling in for this book. <3 I absolutely enjoyed reading about all the characters, and although it was a bit difficult to relate to each of them, I easily connected and sympathized with them. Who I Am With You fully held my attention for its 320 pages- it had a dual timeline plot going on, so that's saying a lot. I thought the characters were super sweet. Each of the struggles they dealt with were definitely different from the "normal" struggles protagonists deal with, which was super refreshing and enjoyable yet heart-aching to read. I definitely rooted for their romance. ;) However, I did find one thing really confusing at first. I mentioned that there's a dual timeline plot going on- there's Jessica and then her great-grandfather Andrew. I didn't get that there was a dual timeline at first, having started the book before reading the blurb, so I thought there was going to be a love triangle type situation between Jessica, Andrew, and Ridley. *facepalm* So that's pretty much my only complaint about this book, but if I read the blurb beforehand I would've been totally okay with it. :) Overall, wow! I enjoyed this beautiful piece of work highly and would strongly recommend it to just about anyone. <3 4.5 stars. *FTC DISCLOSURE: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.*

  24. 4 out of 5

    Kav

    I might have exploded into a tilt-a-whirl of bookish euphoria when I discovered a sheltie heroine in this story. Don't worry, there's a human one as well, but bear with me for a moment. I've been owned by four shelties in my lifetime and I might be considered a bit sheltie-centric. I've often lamented the absence of my favourite breed in my fiction. Labs, poodles, terriers, mutts -- I've read 'em all but nary a sheltie until now! And that makes me ridiculously happy. :-) And so does this story -- I might have exploded into a tilt-a-whirl of bookish euphoria when I discovered a sheltie heroine in this story. Don't worry, there's a human one as well, but bear with me for a moment. I've been owned by four shelties in my lifetime and I might be considered a bit sheltie-centric. I've often lamented the absence of my favourite breed in my fiction. Labs, poodles, terriers, mutts -- I've read 'em all but nary a sheltie until now! And that makes me ridiculously happy. :-) And so does this story -- though we wade through some dark waters on our way to resolution and hope. Both Jessica and Ridley have chosen isolation as a way to cope with the crisis and pain in their lives and it's that aforementioned sheltie that builds the bridge between them. :-) The grief and despair is tangible and sometimes I felt gutted and enraged on behalf of these characters. But there are sweet moments too as they cautiously venture into friendship. And then emotions run high (mine included) as friendship develops into something deeper. There's a secondary timeline featuring Jessica's great-grandfather which the author has expertly woven around the contemporary story. I loved the glimpse into the Depression era and that a family bible links Jessica to her past. A beautiful example of the legacy of faith that can survive generations.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Gloria

    This is a sweet dual time line story that covers two generations many years apart. Jessica Mason is dealing with losses-her husband and daughter were killed in a wreck a year ago and then her grandmother Frani died a few months ago. Shortly after her husband and daughter died, she found out that she is pregnant. In addition to mourning their death, unknown to anyone else, she is also living with the knowledge that her husband was angry with he left that morning. He had asked for a divorce and th This is a sweet dual time line story that covers two generations many years apart. Jessica Mason is dealing with losses-her husband and daughter were killed in a wreck a year ago and then her grandmother Frani died a few months ago. Shortly after her husband and daughter died, she found out that she is pregnant. In addition to mourning their death, unknown to anyone else, she is also living with the knowledge that her husband was angry with he left that morning. He had asked for a divorce and they argued. Did she contribute to the wreck? She dearly misses her young daughter. After her grandmother's funeral, Jessica's mom gave her a Bible that her grandmother Frani had that had been her father's. Great grandfather Andrew Henning was a young college graduate when the Great Depression hit. Andrew had just been married and started a new job at a bank at the time but unfortunately lost his job. He and his wife had to move in with her parents on their farm while he continued looking for a job in a bank. During this time, his wife had a miscarriage that devastated the couple. Eventually, he found a job in another town as a teller but the separation caused problems in his marriage. Ridley Chesterfield worked for a political candidate in Boise, Idaho as an IT specialist. When rumors started about the candidate, he was accused of leaking the rumors. To escape the media circus, he moved to his parents' newly purchased vacation/soon to be retirement home in a nearby small town for the summer and wound up living next door to Jessica. There are similarities in the marriages of Jessica and her great grandfather. They both had to deal with hurt from the spouses and had to overcome pain and disappointment. Ridley is reeling from the unfair accusations and where to go from there. Who would hire him in the future? He is only at the vacation house for the summer. Ridley and Jessica develop a friendship that helps them both heal and move on. Jessica finds comfort in Andrew's Bible and his notes in the Bible. This is a sweet story of romance, forgiveness, healing, faith and courage to move forward from a painful past. I received a complimentary ARC from Thomas Nelson through NetGalley. The thoughts and opinions expressed are mine only.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Abigail Harris

    Shh, I don't need to know it is late. RTC Shh, I don't need to know it is late. RTC

  27. 4 out of 5

    Monica

    Jessica Mason's husband and young daughter died in a tragic accident. She is grieving more than one loss and also facing life as a single mom with her unborn child. Ridley Chesterfield is hiding out in Hope Springs, Idaho, avoiding a political scandal and reeling from false media headlines that have hurt his good name. They are both hurting and hiding out when they discover they are neighbors. A sweet little stray dog brings them both together. . .but are they ready for a relationship? Jessica's Jessica Mason's husband and young daughter died in a tragic accident. She is grieving more than one loss and also facing life as a single mom with her unborn child. Ridley Chesterfield is hiding out in Hope Springs, Idaho, avoiding a political scandal and reeling from false media headlines that have hurt his good name. They are both hurting and hiding out when they discover they are neighbors. A sweet little stray dog brings them both together. . .but are they ready for a relationship? Jessica's grandmother passed away shortly before Ridley comes to town. She is given her grandmother's Bible that she inherited from her great-grandfather. While we read the story of Jessica and Ridley, we also read the story of Andrew and Helen Henning from the 1930s. It is a reminder that across the generations we face challenges and those challenges are much easier to bear when faced with God. I enjoyed Robin Lee Hatcher's latest book, Who I Am With You. Her stories flow so well and the writing is so smooth in transition that it was easy to go back and forth between the two stories. I enjoyed both stories. I espeically pulled for Andrew and Helen to make it through their difficulties. Sadly, we live in a world where people don't always make good choices, and that has gone on through the generations, and this book addresses some of those. It is also easy to see where poor communication causes problems in relationships. I think Hatcher handles it all well. At the end of the book, there are discussion questions for the reader or a book club. This is the first book in a new Legacy of Faith series so the book includes the first chapter from the next book in the series, Cross My Heart. I received this book from the publisher. I was not required to write a positive review.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Erin

    Jessica Mason's world was turned upside down in the span of a few weeks. First her husband told her he wanted a divorce, then he and their 6-year-old daughter died in a car accident. A positive pregnancy test only complicated matters. She never had a chance to tell anyone about her husband's unfaithfulness, and now it's a burden that grows heavier with each month that passes. Trying to escape a political scandal for which he took the blame, Ridley Chesterfield finds himself nearly off the grid i Jessica Mason's world was turned upside down in the span of a few weeks. First her husband told her he wanted a divorce, then he and their 6-year-old daughter died in a car accident. A positive pregnancy test only complicated matters. She never had a chance to tell anyone about her husband's unfaithfulness, and now it's a burden that grows heavier with each month that passes. Trying to escape a political scandal for which he took the blame, Ridley Chesterfield finds himself nearly off the grid in rural Idaho. Fixing up his parents' vacation home gives him a perfect excuse to hide from the world for a while. Ridley did not anticipate making any friends in the small town of Hope Springs, but he can't help but he drawn to his pretty and very pregnant neighbor. Both weighed down by secrets, both with few reasons to trust others, both trying to find out what God is doing in their lives - I may not have found myself in their exact scenarios, but I am familiar with similar situations and emotions. I really appreciated how the author wove authentic hurt with the hope of healing and of seeing God work even in the midst of tragedies. Mixed along with the contemporary setting of Jessica and Ridley's story is that of her great-grandfather Andrew Henning, whose Bible Jessica recently inherited. Brief scenes of his life during the Depression add another element to the plot, reminding us that the problems we may face today are not so different from the ones faced throughout time. This character-driven book deals with deep emotions and spiritual truths which will touch your heart. I had a very hard time putting this story down, and felt a kinship with the uncertainties the characters were going through. We don't know how things will play out. We all need God's healing and help from one another. Robin Lee Hatcher reminds us that with God all our futures are full of hope, no matter what heartaches lie in our pasts. I received my copy of this book from the publisher. All thoughts in this review are my own. This review originated at: http://reviewsbyerin.dreamwidth.org

  29. 4 out of 5

    Melissa (LifeFullyBooked)

    What a beautiful, heartfelt book! I always enjoy Hatcher's books, because she has a way of creating characters that are both realistic and relatable, but also can teach subtle lessons about life and overcoming obstacles. Jessica and Riley have trials in their backgrounds and their present lives, and the melding of these storylines with those of Jessica's great-great grandfather Andrew and his life during the Great Depression make for a richer and more meaningful evaluation of those trials. This b What a beautiful, heartfelt book! I always enjoy Hatcher's books, because she has a way of creating characters that are both realistic and relatable, but also can teach subtle lessons about life and overcoming obstacles. Jessica and Riley have trials in their backgrounds and their present lives, and the melding of these storylines with those of Jessica's great-great grandfather Andrew and his life during the Great Depression make for a richer and more meaningful evaluation of those trials. This book is only the first in the Legacy of Faith series, and it's obvious that others in subsequent installments will continue to benefit from Andrew's Bible passed through the family. The journey of life, reflected through the past, has so much to teach us today--about perseverance, trust, and faith. I also appreciated the supporting characters and their humor that balances more serious moments, and who doesn't appreciate a headstrong dog? I look forward to the next book in the series to find out more about Andrew and his family and see how the faith of the past can help shape family through the generations. I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bethany Meadows

    This is a sweet and quick read. It’s not filled with thrills and excitement nor would I call it a “page-turner”. It’s a simple, yet sweet, split-time story. A story of every-day life with its hurt,heartache and eventually, healing. It wasn’t full of drama or constant conflict between the primary characters (which I appreciated). It was about falling in love and forgiving. The faith content is rich and fills the book. So many aspects of this book inspired me. Learning to be content with what life This is a sweet and quick read. It’s not filled with thrills and excitement nor would I call it a “page-turner”. It’s a simple, yet sweet, split-time story. A story of every-day life with its hurt,heartache and eventually, healing. It wasn’t full of drama or constant conflict between the primary characters (which I appreciated). It was about falling in love and forgiving. The faith content is rich and fills the book. So many aspects of this book inspired me. Learning to be content with what life deals me, trusting God that He knows what’s best for me (even when I have other plans), and forgiving unconditionally, these are some of the things I gleaned from this book. I did enjoy the split-time aspect, it was fascinating to read the story of the main character’s grandfather and consider the story of my own family history. All the things we are not aware of but we share with our ancestors. Life is a continual circle. I look forward to reading the rest in the series. - Bethany

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