Forgiveness is the only cure for heartbreak. But can Penny forgive the man she holds responsible for her brother’s death?
When her mother died from pneumonia, Penny Cartwright was heartbroken. But now, after burying her younger brother just 12 years later, she is devastated. Anger, guilt, and sorrow cloud Penny’s mind, and the last thing she wants is to be reminded of her pain—but that’s exactly what happens when a stranger comes to town.
Trevor Reynolds has been chasing fame for more than a dozen years, but his musical career can’t get off the ground. While on the road, an accident kills his young drummer, Brad Cartwright. Trevor wasn’t behind the wheel, but he still blames himself…and so does Brad’s sister, Penny. Now Trevor finds himself in Kings Meadow, determined to follow through on his final promise to his friend.
Still feeling the pain of Brad’s death, Penny and Trevor must learn that forgiveness is the only thing that can heal their hearts. And if they do forgive, something beautiful may rise from the ashes of heartbreak.
Keeper of the Stars is the third book in Robin Lee Hatcher’s Kings Meadow Romance series, coming after Love Without End and Whenever You Come Around. I really enjoyed the first book and absolutely loved the second, so I couldn’t wait to finally get the chance to read this one. Fortunately, I wasn’t disappointed in the least. This novel was completely and utterly wonderful, and I am so, so glad I got to read it. Robin did a fabulous job of weaving this story together; I honestly couldn’t imagine it being any more perfect than it was. Keeper of the Stars is the perfect conclusion to this series.
Penny Cartwright is by far one of my favorite heroines. I know that I say that all the time, but I really mean it now. She goes through so much—between the death of her mother when she was young and then the death of her brother not even fifteen years later—and while that does affect her in a huge way, she is still a strong woman. It may not look like it all the time, but she is. She works so hard, too hard really, to help her father and make his life easier, while juggling her own job and the pain and anger she feels, and that just says so much about her character. And I absolutely love her and Trevor together, even in the early stages when she wants absolutely nothing to do with him. Actually, I think those are some of my favorite moments. Besides the last few chapters though.
Trevor is just as sweet as can be! Yes, he has his own issues to get through, but he is such a kind and caring man and makes for the perfect hero for this story. He also works so hard to help make Penny’s father’s life easier, and it is so wonderful to see how hard he tries to keep his promise to Brad, even though he has no idea why he made it. And you’ve got to love a good musician; don’t they make for some of the most swoon-worthy characters? Anyway, Trevor is definitely one of my favorite heroes of all-time, and he is a huge reason I love this novel as much as I do.
All in all, I cannot sing Robin’s praises loudly enough when it comes to this book. It is perfection, every single page of it, and I am absolutely positive I will be reading it again. I cannot imagine giving it anything other than all five bookshelves, and it had a place on my all-time favorites list before I had even finished half of it. This novel really is the perfect story of forgiveness, second chances, and love unlike anything that ever could be imagined, and that is why I’m telling you to go read it. Right now. I promise you won’t regret it.
I received a copy of this book from the Litfuse Publicity Group in exchange for only my honest review.
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