Cross My Heart by Robin Lee Hatcher

Cross My Heart


Robin Lee Hatcher



When Ashley Showalter and Ben Henning meet on Ashley’s horse rescue farm, they quickly discover how much they have in common. Both were raised by single moms. Both want to help where they see a need. And both work with horses in the Boise valley. Ben needs Ashley’s help and expertise after starting an equine therapy barn on his great-great-grandfather’s farm—and the more time they spend together, both Ashley and Ben have the feeling that there could be something more between them.

They also carry the burden of past experiences that may drive them apart if the truth is ever revealed. Ben is a recovering alcoholic with five years of sobriety behind him, while Ashley’s brother is an opioid addict residing in court-ordered rehab. Holding fast to the belief that addicts can never be cured, Ashley has promised herself she will never walk knowingly into the chaos created by addiction. Ben knows that with God, all things are possible—but will Ashley find it within herself to give love a chance? Or will her brother’s mistakes and the pain of her past jeopardize her future with Ben?

Cross My Heart threads together a contemporary love story with the heartwarming tale of Ben’s great-great-grandfather, Andrew Henning—reminding us that God’s Word is timeless and that His promises are new every morning.


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I’ve been watching a TV series that focuses on horse, and deals with rescue horses as well, so I was excited to read this book. Ashley has been doing the best she can rescuing as many horses she possibly can, so when Ben Henning shows up at her small farm she was excited to meet him and find out that he is starting an equine therapy barn on his great-great-grandfather’s farm, and needs her help. This would mean not only helping more horses, but involving special children on the area and helping them as well.

Though this is a beautiful story, it sure has its ups and downs, along with it’s own secrets that neither are wanting to share. Robin Lee Hatcher creates amazing characters to tell their story, and I fell in love with the two main characters, Ashley and Ben. The two were a perfect fit, but as the story unfolds, ugly secrets surface causing more stress than they imagined. And Ben’s mom and Ashley’s brother were two family members each didn’t want the other to meet. Causing problems for bother, especially Ben because his equine therapy barn could suffer.

But as author Robin Lee Hatcher so expertly does, she weaves all of the goods and the bads and creates a beautiful heartwarming story that will stay with readers long after we finish this book. The cover is beautiful, the writing is uniquely amazing, the plot flows smoothly and it has an ending that will warm you within. The battles of addiction was dealt with in such a way that those reading Cross My Heart will know there is power over addiction to anything in your life. And I appreciate that the Christian life shows in the lives of the characters, in a subtel way. If you haven’t read anything from Ms. Hatcher, this could be a great introduction to her books. Why not give it a try, and be gifted with several hours of enjoyment and entertainment.

A copy of this book was given to me by the author or publisher. I am not required to write a positive review. The opinions here in this review are totally mine alone. I am disclosing this with my review in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.



Robin Lee Hatcher is the author of 80 novels and novellas with over five million copies of her books in print. She is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love.

Her numerous awards include the RITA® Award, the Carol Award, the Christy Award, the HOLT Medallion, the National Reader’s Choice Award, and the Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award. Robin is also the recipient of prestigious Lifetime Achievement Awards from both American Christian Fiction Writers and Romance Writers of America®.

When not writing, she enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, Bible art journaling, reading books that make her cry, watching romantic movies, and decorative planning. Robin makes her home on the outskirts of Boise, sharing it with a demanding Papillon dog and a persnickety tuxedo cat.

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