Can two broken paths—and broken hearts—lead toward God’s redemption?
When Ashley Showalter and Ben Henning meet on Ashley’s horse rescue farm, they quickly discover how much they have in common. Both were raised by single moms. Both want to help where they see a need. And both work with horses in the Boise valley. Ben needs Ashley’s help and expertise after starting an equine therapy barn on his great-great-grandfather’s farm—and the more time they spend together, both Ashley and Ben have the feeling that there could be something more between them.
They also carry the burden of past experiences that may drive them apart if the truth is ever revealed. Ben is a recovering alcoholic with five years of sobriety behind him, while Ashley’s brother is an opioid addict residing in court-ordered rehab. Holding fast to the belief that addicts can never be cured, Ashley has promised herself she will never walk knowingly into the chaos created by addiction. Ben knows that with God, all things are possible—but will Ashley find it within herself to give love a chance? Or will her brother’s mistakes and the pain of her past jeopardize her future with Ben?
Cross My Heart threads together a contemporary love story with the heartwarming tale of Ben’s great-great-grandfather, Andrew Henning—reminding us that God’s Word is timeless and that His promises are new every morning.
This sweet split-time read is a standalone novel, though it can be read as a part of the Legacy of Faith series.
Book one: Who I Am with You
Book two: Cross My Heart
Book three (coming in 2020): How Sweet It Is
Book length: approximately 79,000 words. Includes a reading group guide.
“Hatcher writes with realism and compassion about how hope and healing can grow from our deepest wounds.” —Beth K. Vogt, Christy Award–winning author
Hatcher (Who I Am with You) continues her chronicle of the Henning family in the powerful second installment of her Legacy of Faith series. Ben Henning is a young man with a troubled past determined to begin a new life running Harmony Barn, a horse therapy farm in Kuna, Idaho. He enlists the help of Ashley Showalter, a young woman who works with rescue horses. Ashley is attracted to Ben, but has been burned by men before and is determined to keep their relationship purely professional. When Ben reveals that he is a recovering addict, Ashley, who has a younger brother going through rehab, hardens her resolve not to give in to her feelings. Ben refuses to give up hope, and he trusts in God and prays for Ashley's heart to heal. In a secondary story that feels like an afterthought, flashbacks show Ben's great-great grandfather (who gave Ben his Bible) finding strength in God during WWII while his oldest son fights overseas. This touching story of forgiveness and redemption will appeal to fans of Colleen Coble.
Wow, what a fantastic read
Robin Lee Hatcher does it again. This was such a great book. It keeps you on the edge of your seat with such relatable characters and a phenomenal story line, this is a page turner that you can’t put down. The quotes in this book are life changing. She leaves you wanting more page after page but totally satisfied at the end. I look forward to reading anything this author writes.