Sunday, July 29, 2012

Belonging


Belonging by Robin Lee Hatcher is the story of new beginnings for Felicia Kristoffersen.  Felicia knows the pains of crossing the country on the orphan train waiting for a family to take her in.  She has waited sixteen years to escape the unloving home she was placed in and follow her dreams of teaching.  Her opportunity has finally arrived in Frenchman’s Bluff, Idaho.  Colin Murphy, a store keeper, widowed father and a member of the school board has opposed Felicia’s presence from the very beginning.  He fears that she will up and marry and leave his daughter heartbroken like the last two teachers did.  He doesn’t expect that his staunch opposition begins to blossom into something entirely different. 

I am a sucker for novels with school teachers in them since I taught for six years.  This is my first Robin Lee Hatcher novel and I enjoyed it.  It was a very quick read and I finished in a couple of days.  The history of the orphan trains was a very interesting and sorrowful component.  I loved the character development of Charity; she gave the story a humorous aspect.  This was a good old fashioned love story!  
Belonging (Where The Heart Lives)

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