Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Keeper of the Stars {Review + Giveaway}

Keeper of the Stars (Kings Meadow Romance, #3)
Keeper of the Stars by Robin Lee Hatcher
Kings Meadow Romance #3
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Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Publishing Date: January 26, 2016
She blames him for her brother's death. Can she let go of resentment and open her heart to love?

Penny Cartwright found it difficult to understand why her younger brother would choose to join a country singer’s band rather than return to Kings Meadow after college . . . and the separation strained their relationship. Then a car accident made certain her brother could never return.

Trevor Reynolds has chased stardom in Nashville for more than a dozen years, but it remains out of his reach. After an accident kills his young drummer, Trevor goes to Kings Meadow to keep a promise—and perhaps to discover what truly matters in this life.

Thrown together by circumstances, Penny and Trevor must learn to give and receive forgiveness. And if they do, perhaps something beautiful can rise from the ashes of heartbreak.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Litfuse Publicity in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. Buy a copy today

My Thoughts:
What a cover, right?? All those cozy blues made me want to snuggle right up with this title. And snuggle I did! Welcome to the first successful, physical book I've read since having Baby Boy :) Previously, I enjoyed book one and did NOT like book two. I think I can confidently say that book three was worth the try!

As we start the book, Penny is mourning the loss of her brother and she completely blames country singer, Trevor. Believing Trevor for 'lured' Brad away from family and a good job, Penny wants absolutely nothing to do with the man. However, Trevor has come to King's Meadow to get involved in her and her father's lives. Brad's last wish of Trevor was that he help out his family in some way. As a reader, we get to see not only Penny and Trevor's perspectives but also a bit of the story through Brad's eyes which adds a intriguing dimension.

Trevor was comfortable like a good pair of jeans. He had dreams and aspirations but put it all on hold for the sake of his drummer and good friend. Trevor slowly learns who God is and why He made such a difference in his friend's life. Penny's strong feelings towards him feel completely valid and their eventual resolution felt normal, not forced for the sake of the story.

However, I think it was Penny's father that really made the story. Rodney was useful for plot progression, but I felt that he really added to the overall homey feel of the novel. He was hospitable, kind, and open to the heart of God. I think Rodney is what King's Meadow really is at the heart. I sure wouldn't mind knowing him in real life!

The romance was adorable, slow, and just right. It didn't feel forced by the author or hastened. Rather, I felt the story had just the right amount of space for Penny to resolve her anger and come to terms with all of her feelings. Bravo, Hatcher! I feel like I have been missing this simplicity for a while, because it feels so relieving!

Overall, I found much improvement over the previous novel. That one left such a sour taste in my mouth, but this tale was much more enjoyable. I'm super sad that Hatcher is finished with the King's Meadow series. I really think there could have been a full blown series set in this quaint, tiny mountain town, but this was a cute story to close it all out. 4 stars! 
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