Cross My Heart
Series: Legacy of Faith
Published by Thomas Nelson
Publication Date June 25, 2019
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Idaho Contemporary, World War II Era - 1939 - 1946
Main Character Ages: 25-34, 35-60
Written for: Adults
Two broken paths lead toward God’s redemption in the next installment of Robin Lee Hatcher’s Legacy of Faith series.
Ashley Showalter and Ben Henning have so much in common. Both were raised by single moms. Both want to help where they see a need. And both work with horses in the Idaho valley. Ashley runs a horse rescue operation, while Ben has started an equine therapy barn on his great-great grandfather’s farm—and both Ashley and Ben have the feeling that there could be something more between them.
But they share something else that may drive them apart if the truth is ever revealed. Ben is a recovering alcoholic with ten years of sobriety behind him, while Ashley’s brother, Dylan, is an opioid addict, currently residing in court-ordered rehab. Ashley has promised herself she would never walk knowingly into the chaos created by addiction—because in her mind, addicts can never be fully cured. But with God, all things are possible. Will Ashley find it within herself to give love a chance, or will her brother’s mistakes jeopardize her future with Ben?
I would like to thank Netgalley, Thomas Nelson Publishing for giving me a copy of this book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
Also in this series: How Sweet It Is
Cross My Heart is a touching story of faith and healing.
When Ben is given the ranch which has been in the family for many generations, he has a dream of using it to start an equine therapy program. This tenderhearted man had been helped through a similar program years earlier. I really loved his heart for the Lord and the sensitivity he had toward others.
Ashley was a mite prickly; which was understandable given the things she had endured. The walls she put up to protect herself actually drew me to her – I wanted her to be able to tear them down and find peace and healing from her pain!
There was a bit of family drama: Ben’s mother trying to find a way to get money out of the ranch Ben had inherited and Ashley’s brother in court-appointed rehab.
I especially enjoyed the snippets in the historical portion of the story, following Ben’s ancestors through World War II. Andrew’s faith and determination to keep trusting the Lord through all their uncertainties was so beautiful. Seeing him journal in his Bible and then later seeing Ben find the things he had written there was a great touch!
While I could tell at the beginning I was not reading the first book about this family, Cross My Heart was written in such a way that it easily stand alone. I am now, however, very curious about the things I missed in Andrew’s life and have plans to find and read Who I Am With You.
Due to the dual timeframes of the story, readers of historical and contemporary fiction will both enjoy this sweet story.