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Cross My Heart (A Legacy of Faith Novel) MP3 CD – Unabridged, June 25, 2019
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- ISBN-10 : 1978676956
- ISBN-13 : 978-1978676954
- Dimensions : 6.75 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches
- Item Weight : 3.5 ounces
- Publisher : Thomas Nelson on Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (June 25, 2019)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,849,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The future is the main time period. Ben and Ashley are both burdened with memories of addiction and the heartache that it leads to. They both love horses and are using that love to move on. They each need to learn how to let go of the hurt though. Their journeys intersect at many times throughout the story and I loved reading both of them. The information about equine therapy is fascinating. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about how both the horses and people can be helped.
At the beginning of the book Ben is given his great-great-grandfather, Andrew’s bible. As we move through Ben and Ashely’s story we get snippets from his life during WWII.
I’ve read a number of books set during WWII but this author has done a masterful job of expressing the emotions that surrounded this tumultuous period. She includes the feelings of parents, Jewish people living in the United States, and the young people whose lives were shaped by the war.
I absolutely loved this book and am giving it a rating of 5-stars. I highly recommend it.
Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book 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. 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.*
For me a story that involves horses as an integral part of daily life is always good. The ability of using horses in the healing of a person is such a wonderful and loving gift that makes so much sense. When I was a young person I was always involved with horses and riding every day that it was possible. If this type of therapy had been available I would have spent my life doing what Ben was doing. Using God's wisdom and support and the knowledge passed on from Ben's ancestors to learn how and what to do was so uplifting.
Thank you Robin Hatcher for being a wonderful, knowledgeable writer being used by God to let others know the way of salvation in a way that is absolutely based on the Bible. And after accepting that gift of Salvation, then you explain for everyone what they need to do to walk with the Lord daily. You are real, because you include the reality of us humans not being able to do that walk on our own, and God is faithful to always forgive and lift us up!
Ben Hennings is a recovering alcoholic whose experiences with equine therapy have inspired him to turn his great-great-grandfather’s farm into a non-profit equine therapy center. He is relying on donations and leases to provide the horses he needs to open Harmony Barn and he is happily surprised by how many people are eager to help him. Ben’s deep faith sustains him as he maintains his sobriety and works to bring his dream to fruition. He is quite close to his grandpa Grant, but Ben’s relationship with his mother Wendy is strained. He continues to work through the steps in his recovery but his efforts to make amends to his childhood friend, Craig Foster, are rebuffed time and again. After meeting Ashley Showalter, Ben enjoys their quiet friendship, but will he be able to resist his growing feelings for her?
Ashley has turned her small farm into a horse rescue but she cannot rehabilitate as many horses as she would like. She works full-time at a local store but she is hopeful she will one day be able to expand her horse rescue. Ashley is thrilled to donate two of her rehabilitated horses to Ben and she is surprised by how much she enjoys spending time with him. She is close to her mom but their reactions to her brother, Dylan’s addiction problems, are completely opposite. Ashley considers tough love to be the best approach, but her mom continues to enable him. Due to her experiences with Dylan and her former boyfriend, Ashley distances herself from romantic entanglements. But when she realizes she is beginning to fall for Ben, will Ashley take a chance on love?
Chapters from Ben’s great-great-grandfather Andrew Hennings are sprinkled amongst present day events. Andrew and his wife Helen have survived the Great Depression, but now their lives are threatened by the looming threat of Hitler and World War II. Andrew’s faith never wavers as his oldest son Ben joins The United States Army Air Forces as a combat pilot. His comments and observations on various passages of scripture are powerful messages to Ben who is now in possession of Andrew’s bible.
With an exquisite undercurrent of faith, a realistic storyline and genuine characters, Cross My Heart is a marvelous Christian romance. Ashley’s reaction when she learns about Ben’s alcoholism is understandable and she finds unexpected comfort through her growing relationship with God. Ben is an incredibly likable character whose deep faith sustains him on his life’s journey. Andrew’s story continues to reverberate throughout the generations as his Bible makes its way to his descendants who need it most. Robin Lee Hatcher easily engages readers with her realistic storylines and thought-provoking incorporation of Scripture into everyday life. This latest addition to the Legacy of Faith series is a wonderful story of grace, love and redemption. Highly recommend to fans of Christian fiction.
I received a complimentary copy for review.