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Author: Robin Lee Hatcher
Can two bitter pasts make one sweet future?
In the high desert town of
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.
BELONGING is the first book in Ms. Hatcher’s series Where the Heart Lives. Felicia had a good life in her home after she went west on the Orphan Train, but she lacked for love. Now all grown up, she still hungers for love and friendship. Colin loved his wife though they had their differences, and he’s tired of having women schoolteachers come just to find a husband and quit. He thinks it’s be better to hire a man. Still, when Felicia and Colin meet, they can’t help but notice each other. Felicia might not be beautiful, but Colin develops cautious feelings for her. I hoped that these two would let go of their distrust and learn to love each other.
The book is well-written and held my interest. I enjoyed getting to know Colin and Felicia as well as the secondary characters. I’m looking forward to reading the second book in this series, Betrayal, which is already out. $14.99. 288 pages.