In the high desert town of Frenchman’s Bluff, Idaho, Felicia Kristoffersen has set out to create a future for herself that is better than her painful past. Alone in the world with only her faith to sustain her, she must prove herself as this tiny community’s new school teacher. She cannot, must not, fail. But, there are those who never wanted her there to begin with. Five years after the death of his wife, local merchant Colin Murphy cares about just one thing: raising his daughter, Charity. Colin wants to give her the educational advantages he never had. The new schoolmarm’s inexperience doesn’t sit well with him, and if this teacher up and marries like the last one did, Charity’s heart will be broken once again. A woman who hasn’t known love. A man who lost the love he had. In the midst of the wide, sage-covered plains, each is about to discover that life’s bitterest circumstances truly can work together for good. Tender, evocative, and beautifully written, Belonging is a journey about love after loss, and about two hearts destined to become one—despite their stubbornness! Belonging is Robin Lee Hatcher at her best! —Tamera Alexander, bestselling author of Within My Heart and The Inheritance Belonging is vintage Robin Lee Hatcher: a touching, tender love story, filled with genuine conflict and characters that quietly build a nest in your heart. A skillful blend of description, emotion, and spiritual reflection, Belonging will sweep you away to late nineteenth-century Idaho, glad to have a seasoned novelist driving your buckboard wagon with a sure hand. By story's end you'll no doubt sigh with relief, smile with delight, and turn back to page one for a second visit with our determined Miss K. Loved it!" — Liz Curtis Higgs, New York Times bestselling author of Mine Is the Night
I really liked this one! Felicia Kristoffersen was a really lovely character, and Colin Murphy was so great, although sorta... gruff... at times. Kid characters often run the risk of being annoying, but I really liked Colin's daughter, Charity. I also really liked Felicia's new friend Kathleen.
Felicia's past is painful, and she's finally able to get out into the world and do what she longs to do: teach. She is accepted for a position in a remote town in Idaho and is excited and nervous to teach, especially since she got her teachers' license almost 10 years ago and has no teaching experience yet!
Colin, a widower with a 9?-year-old daughter, Charity, owns the general store. He's illiterate, but realizes that education is the key to Charity having a better life with more opportunities than he had. He wants her to get the best education possible... and he doesn't think Miss Kristoffersen is a good choice for the town. She's just another single woman who will come to town, fall in love, and quit teaching after 6 months or so. He wanted a male teacher with a family... one who would provide the schoolchildren with stability. He and Mrs. Summerville (Kathleen's dead husband's mother) were the only two opposing votes on the school board.
Then there's Mrs. Summerville... she is VERY controlling... riches woman in town, etc., etc., etc. You know—the mean, old, rich biddy type. Anyway, she's decided that her daughter-in-law, Kathleen, who has been widowed for a couple of years now, should marry Colin, so Kathleen's been making herself "available"... and even though they both know it, neither of them is very interested in the other in that way. Mrs. Summerville's plan is threatened by a new young woman in town, and she goes out of her way to make things difficult for Felicia.
Anyway, soon Colin and Felicity are feeling that pull toward each other, but then Felicity "finds out" that Colin and Kathleen are "engaged" (according to GUESS WHO!), and so she's like, "Oh my gosh! She's my friend! I can't do that do her!"
Anyway, it was cute. It had a great message on not being a gossipy, rude, know-it-all jerk-face, like Mrs. Summerville, and about how you shouldn't judge others. :) I really liked it! The ending was SUPER cute!!!read more