Reviewed by Bethany Kelly
Keeper of the Stars by Robin Lee Hatcher is an uplifting story about grief, forgiveness, and love. Labeled as an ‘inspirational romance’ novel, this book definitely delivers that.
When Penny’s brother, Brad, dies in a car accident just a few months after going to Nashville to be a drummer, Penny is devastated. She feels guilty for being angry with Brad for pursuing his dream instead of using his college degree the last time she saw him, and she is angry at the Nashville singer who encouraged him to be in his band. However, when this singer comes to Kings Meadow to keep the promise he made to Brad in his last minutes of life, can she forgive him?
Trevor Reynolds had been chasing stardom for many years before Brad joined his band as the drummer. However, his perspective began to gradually change as Brad shared his faith with him. When a car accident takes his new friend away from him, Trevor moves to Kings Meadow to help out the family that Brad left behind. When he starts to develop feelings for Brad’s sister, Penny, Trevor must figure out if falling in love with her is God’s will.
Will Penny’s anger and hard feelings towards Trevor go away? Will Trevor be able to give his heart to God? Will Penny and Trevor be able to give their hearts to one another?
This book is written in the perspectives of Penny, Trevor, and Brad. While Brad’s sections are labeled and dated, Penny and Trevor’s tend to intertwine with each other’s. It sometimes got confusing trying to figure out which point of view I was reading. However, after I got a few chapters in and got used to this, it didn’t bother me.
I liked the overall story of Keeper of the Stars. It was very inspirational, and I enjoyed seeing Penny heal from the loss of her brother. I thought that both Penny and Trevor, as well as the secondary characters, were well-developed. The thing that I liked the most about this novel was the references to God and scripture throughout. Being a religious person, I liked that the religious references in the novel added to the story, and didn’t take away from it or feel like an afterthought.
Overall, if you are looking for a good, inspirational romance, this is definitely a book for you.
Bethany Kelly is currently getting her MFA at Goddard College and has a BA in English. She is a writer, editor, and stay-at-home mother and wife who spends her spare time (when she has some) reading and cooking. Check out her website at www.bckwritingcorner.com.
Review copy was provided by Thomas Nelson. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.