You’re Gonna Love Me – Robin Lee Hatcher – Thomas Nelson – Published 12 December 2017
Samantha Winters lives her life the way a good accountant should—measured, deliberate, and safe. After watching her father die in a tragic skiing accident, she decided never to allow risk into her life again. But she didn’t count on falling for Nick Chastain, who embodies everything she doesn’t want in her safely constructed world.
Against Samantha’s warnings, Nick plans a dangerous kayaking trip over spring break. Furious that he’s so careless with his life, she ends their fledgling relationship with harsh words.
Two years later, Samantha is desperately in need of a change. When she learns her grandmother has had an accident and is in need of a caretaker, Samantha quickly packs her bags and heads to Thunder Creek, Idaho. But nothing could prepare her for the surprise awaiting her in her grandmother’s hospital room . . . Nick.
You’re Gonna Love Me returns readers to the charming, small country town of Thunder Creek. Farmland, orchards, horses, fresh air and friendship – the charm of the setting seeps from the pages and infuses the story. This is a sweeping and relaxing love story. A story about forgiveness and second chances. A story about facing your fears. A story about finding love in places you least expect it.
When Samantha returns to Thunder Creek to care for her grandmother, the very last person she expects to see in Ruth’s hospital room is Nick Chastain. Two years ago Sam and Nick spent eight months dating. Eight months in which Sam spent most of that time fearful he would be injured on one of his wild adventures – kayaking, waterskiing, absailing. They ended their relationship with harsh words and silence. Now Nick, recovering from a serious head injury that has left him with memory loss and other side effects, is staring life over. Thunder Creek offers him peace and a fresh start. Seeing Sam again gives him hope he isn’t sure he deserves. Is it worth trying to start a relationship with Sam, can he convince her he is a changed man?
Imagine a lazy Saturday afternoon. Rolling countryside, warm sunlight, fresh spring flowers scenting the air. Sounds charming, right? That’s the best way I can describe this book. It’s idyllic. Sam and Nick’s story slowly unfolds. Interspersed with the story of their reconnection are little flashbacks, memories of their first relationship. It gives the readers an insight into their past, the hurts and fears that crippled their first go at love. This time around, they are both very cautious, each with their own reasons. Sam isn’t sure she wants to trust Nick again or risk her heart. Nick isn’t sure he should risk a future where his health might impact the lives of others. As they reconnect, they learn to accept each other, face their fears, and, ultimately, trust God. I really enjoyed the gentle pace of this story. Nick and Sam take their time getting to know one another again. It takes time for Sam to work through her fears and Nick reaches out to his new friends and God while questioning the direction for his life. Combined with some helpful love and guidance from Sam’s grandmother, Ruth, they make a gradual transition back into trust, friendship, and love.
Derek and Brooklyn from You’ll Think Of Me, Robin Lee Hatcher’s previous book, are prominent characters in this book, as is Ruth, Sam’s grandmother, and many of the other residents of Thunder Creek. It is fun to see their stories continue as we start a new journey with Nick and Sam.
I highly recommend this book for readers who enjoy light and heartfelt stories of romance, love, faith, family, and second chances.
The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.
Genre: Christian contemporary.
Themes: Family, relationships, dating, romance, traumatic brain injuries, risk, fear, faith, love, forgiveness, adventure.
Published: 12 December 2017 by Thomas Nelson.
Format: Paperback, ebook, audiobook. 320 pages.