|Series: Legacy of Faith #1|
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Released: Dec. 11, 2018
For these two broken hearts, the first step toward love will be a huge leap of faith.
Jessica Mason isn’t looking for love when she meets Ridley Chesterfield. Instead she is still reeling from the tragic, unexpected loss of her husband and daughter—and awaiting the arrival of her unborn child. Harboring the secret of her husband’s betrayal, her pain is deeper than anyone knows.
Ridley Chesterfield is hiding out in Hope Springs, Idaho, avoiding a political scandal and the barrage of false media headlines that have tarnished his good name. The last thing Ridley wants is a relationship—but when fate leads Ridley to form a friendship with his reclusive and pregnant neighbor, he wonders if this small-town hideout might be more of a long-term destination.
When Jessica begins to read her great-grandfather’s Bible, she finds a connection with a man she never knew. Somehow the verses he marked and the words he wrote in the margins open her heart to healing. And as Ridley and Jessica help each other forgive the people who have wronged them, they must decide if the past will define them or if they will choose to love again.
Who I Am With You weaves together a modern-day romance with Jessica’s great-grandfather’s story from the 1930s, reminding us that some truths can cross generations and that faith has the power to transform families forever.
While I liked the characters I struggled with various parts of the story. One being I could not figure out how the dual-timeline connected and I got frustrated with the jumping between the two. The connection does come out near the very end of the book, but by that point I was done trying to figure out the connection. The second thing that bothered me with this story was that Jessica seemed to deal with her struggles really quickly and easily, it did not feel realistic. I enjoyed the interaction between her and Ridley but the relationship felt like it moved too fast for me, considering what Jessica was dealing with.
I enjoyed Andrew Henning’s story the best. I liked how he faced his challenges head on and took his marriage vows seriously. The way that he was determined to stick with his wife and work through their difficulties was inspiring.
This story is about love and commitment, learning to forgive and moving forward. There is a lot of emotion in this story, dealing with the loss of people, loss of jobs and heartache. I enjoyed seeing the characters turn to God and lean on him rather than others. The friendships and commitment are what kept me reading, I really wanted to know what happened in Andrew’s marriage, were they able to work things out? I was pleased with the way his story wrapped and my questions were answered.