Meridian author Robin Lee Hatcher has established herself as a gifted writer of historical romances, but the present-day King’s Meadow series is my favorite of the many books she has penned.
I am sorry to read that “Keeper of the Stars” is the last book in this series. King’s Meadow, the fictional Idaho town, has grown on me and I wish I could drive up into the mountains to experience it myself.
The book centers on Penny Cartwright, who has had her share of heartache. Her mother died when she was a teen, leaving Penny, her younger brother, Brad, and their dad to cope with the loss. Now she and her father are reeling from Brad’s death in a traffic accident.
Penny is trapped in her cycle of grief because of the anger she feels toward Trevor Reynolds, the musician who had hired Brad for his band. If Trevor hadn’t hired Brad as his drummer, he’d still be alive.
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Fulfilling a promise Trevor made to Brad before he died, Trevor comes to stay in King’s Meadow between gigs, in hopes of experiencing what Brad had growing up, a stark contrast to his own unhappy and painful childhood.
Trevor’s presence is a constant reminder of what Penny lost and no apology or penance is enough to cool her anger. Finally, unable to hold onto her pain, Penny accepts that the key to her healing is forgiving Trevor, a process that is much harder than just saying the word.
As Penny and Trevor warily circle around each other’s pain, their growing relationship becomes too large to ignore, and Penny must accept God’s sovereignty in Brad’s death — and God’s grace in giving her someone with whom to share her life and to love.
“Keeper of the Stars” is a very comforting read for a cold month.