Meridian’s Robin Lee Hatcher releases new romance

“You’re Gonna Love Me” by Robin Lee Hatcher (Meridian); Thomas Nelson ($12.99)

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.

With the charming backdrop of small-town friends, beloved cousins and a whole church congregation rooting for them, can they set aside the disastrous ending of their first try at love? Has Nick changed enough to meet Samantha in the middle — and can she realize that a risk in love might be worth taking?

“A History of Indians in the Sun Valley Area” by Tony Tekaroniake Evans (Wood River Valley); Blaine County Historical Museum ($14)

The story of human habitation in the Sun Valley area began long before European trappers arrived in the early 1800s. Native Americans had hunted, fished and lived in the valleys and plains of south-central Idaho for thousands of years.

This book, based on a series of articles in the Idaho Mountain Express, traces their story from archaeological evidence of habitation in Elkhorn 10,000 years ago to the present day, when the Shoshone Bannock peoples are concentrated at the Fort Hall Reservation but return each spring to harvest camas bulbs on their ancestral lands near Fairfield.

The book covers the first contact between the Native Americans and white settlers, the Bannock War of 1878, the mining era that brought such monumental changes to the land and culture, and today’s Camas Lily Days Festival.

From the publishers

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