Can two bitter pasts make one sweet future?
In the high desert town of Frenchman’s Bluff, Idaho, Felicia Kristoffersen has set out to create a future for herself that is better than her painful past. Alone in the world with only her faith to sustain her, she must prove herself as this tiny community’s new school teacher. She cannot, must not, fail. But there are those who never wanted her there to begin with.
Five years after the death of his wife, local merchant Colin Murphy cares about just one thing: raising his daughter, Charity. Colin wants to give her the educational advantages he never had. The new schoolmarm’s inexperience doesn’t sit well with him, and if this teacher up and marries like the last one did, Charity’s heart will be broken once again.
A woman who hasn’t known love. A man who lost the love he had.
In the midst of the wide, sage-covered plains, each is about to discover that life’s bitterest circumstances truly can work together for good.
This one is pure love story -- rhe kind of book where romance takes center stage all the way through. There's no bank robbers to catch, no kidnapping to foil, no villains to outsmart...and it makes for a refreshing change! Hatcher has perfected her craft and spins an unforgettable tale about overcoming the past in favour of accepting the promises of the future. It's a tough road for both hero and heroine, both memorable characters who resonated with me.
Colin had my sympathies from the start -- both because of his past and because of his unwilling attraction to the new school teacher. It was fun to watch him fight that -- to struggle to keep his distance and his gruff demeanor. Hatcher didn't let him get away with it for long though and I loved the way the romance developed.
Felicia is spunky and funny and so terribly determined to find a place that she can call home. She has such high hopes for her first teaching position and is thrilled at the welcome she receives from most of the community. However Mrs. Summerville is a negative force to be reckoned with -- the kind of character you love to hate and want to smack upside the head a time or two! LOL. Thankfully Felicia and Colin prevail against her in the end but not without some angst.
Belonging is a lovely historical romance that will tug at your heart and stay there long after you've read the last page.
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