Keeper of the Stars

Keeper of the Stars

Keeper of the Stars (Thomas Nelson, January 2016)

Because it’s not always love at first sight!

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.

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  • Best Reads says:

    Brad is an interesting secondary character — especially since he’s dead! We’re treated to insightful flashbacks from his perspective over the years leading up to the car crash and his untimely death. Hatcher expertly weaves his memory through the lives of those who loved him. His steadfast faith becomes the anchor that ultimately frees them all. A powerful testimony to God’s purpose even in the midst of sorrow.

  • Robin Lee Hatcher has become one of my most favorite authors and she has done it again with this sweet final story of the Kings Meadow Romance Series. Keeper of the Stars was such a touching love story that dealt with grief and loss. I don’t want to spoil the story for the reader. I will say that Robin Hatcher is a Queen wordsmith when it comes to writing a sweet, wholesome, and beautiful love story that is romantic but not sickeningly sappy. I love the faith elements that are present and I love how she portrays the grace of God. I cannot wait to get my hands on her next book. This is a must read.

  • Keeper of the Stars is the third and final book in A King’s Meadow Romance series.There is so much happening in this story there is never a dull moment.

  • Keeper of the Stars is book three of the Kings Meadow Romance series. I love, love, love Robin Lee Hatcher’s books! I was so excited when I started reading this book and I promise you it was definitely and awesome read. This author sure knows how to write, if I do say so myself. I can not wait to read more of her books!

  • I loved this book it was excellent, I never put it down. I have to say the whole series was fantastic. Hatcher is one of the best voices in contemporary romances.

    I was just not sure about Penny in the beginning but I fell in love with her and was so country music singer Trevor came into her life at just the right time. I love the forgiveness in this book.

    I gave this book 5 stars two times. I HIGHLY recommend this book as well as the whole Kings Meadow series.

    I was given a copy of this book by the publisher for my honest review.

  • Hatcher’s novel is a good one on character transformation. We see that hearts can be changed when God is at work. The story line is pretty straightforward and there are no great surprises. I recommend it to those who enjoy a good Christian romance.

  • Robin Lee Hatcher is one of my favorite authors for contemporary fiction. She has such a way with words and characters you can’t help but fall in love with the story. This book takes you back to Kings Meadow, which is a place I wish I could visit! Penny’s brother has just passed away, a tragedy she can’t understand or want to forgive. Trevor doesn’t know why he is in Kings Meadow but feels like it is where he needs to be. Despite Penny’s reluctance to have anything to do with him, the story takes you into their daily lives and we find out more to the story.

    Excellent writing and I love the setting. It’s a fairly short and simple story but captivated my attention.

    Highly recommend.

    “I received this book from Litfuse for free in exchange for an honest review.”

  • What a beautiful story of grief and healing. The characters in this novel react to the loss of one amazing young man in vastly different ways, yet all are impacted by not only his life but the lives he touched. The story is told from multiple perspectives- Trevor, Penny, her father, and flashbacks from the life of her brother. The author skillfully weaved them all together in a way that shows the journey of each and the ties that bind their relationships together. Penny’s anger and sorrow is realistically portrayed, as well as the process of letting go. Trevor is not exactly sure why he feels prompted to continue to help the family, but his spiritual growth quickly becomes the reason he stays.

  • More Of Him says:

    This is book 3 of the Kings Meadow series, however, you don’t have to have read the previous 2 books to understand what is going on. It definitely stands on it’s own.

    Penny is a small town librarian is is protecting her heart even more these days after the death of her younger brother in a car accident. She blames Trevor for this accident and for taking her brother away from her and their father. She wanted his life to be something entirely different than it ended up being. Her brother had dreams of being an musician and she couldn’t understand this. When he died, something inside of her died, too.

    Penny lives with her father, Rodney, as he has back and health issues. Her mother died several years ago and Penny feels a strong obligation to take care of her father. They have a cattle ran

  • I could not put this book down! What an amazing story of how God works through grief to bring a father and daughter through a difficult circumstance on the other side. And Trevor, well, enough said! Read the book!! Great job, Ms. Hatcher!

  • An extremely powerful, touching story of faith, forgiveness and healing. My heart was so sore for Penny, the pain she must have felt going through so much loss. She carries so much resentment and pain in her heart and lashes out at certain people who she feels are the cause of her pain, such as Trevor.Keeper of the Stars was an awesome book from start to finish.

  • The IE Mommy says:

    I just finished an incredible suspense novel so I was kind of in the mood for romance. I can always count on Robin Lee Hatcher to give a good romance without it being cheesy or cliche like a lot of romance novels these days. Keeper of the Stars had a depth to it that took it levels above your traditional romance.

    Robin Lee Hatcher will keep you guessing and not make it obvious, even if you’re hoping for a happy ending in Keeper of the Stars!

  • This final book in Robin Lee Hatcher’s Kings Meadow Romance series is a beautifully composed harmony of forgiveness, faith, and falling in love. With elements to the story that you don’t see in every other book, Keeper of the Stars provides a unique read that still leaves you wrapped in a comforting cloak of familiarity. If we must say goodbye to Kings Meadow, Trevor and Penny’s story – and Brad’s too, in a way – is the perfect farewell.

  • The beauty of this book are the flashbacks on Brad Cartwright’s life. I loved reading about his tremendous faith in God and how just by living for the Lord he was able to lead Trevor to Kings Meadow. I believe that’s how God works in this life- every person fits together like pieces of a puzzle. It’s not always easy to see the big picture but Robin Lee Hatcher delights and comforts us with this wonderful story of God working through tragedy and joy.

  • I loved this book!! It was a great written story with great characters. I was new to the series but I felt like I knew the town and the people because you immediately felt at home in this small town. It was hard to put down when I got started but I had a lot of things going on over the weekend so it took a little bit to get through the book. Once I got to the end, I wish that there was more!! I hate when that happens because you get so invested in the characters that you don’t want them to leave. Getting to know Penny and Trevor will have you wanting to know if there is another one coming soon…I just don’t know because she says at the end of the book that she isn’t sure what she is writing next. I hope that you check out this book and enjoy it as much as I did!!

  • As this is a romance novel, I had no doubt that Penny and Trevor would find their way to one another, and I loved the scenes where the two were getting to know one another (albeit reluctantly on Penny’s part). I did think that the shift from dislike to love came a bit quickly (not timewise, but in how the characters were portrayed on the page), and the romance was not my favorite aspect of the novel. The characters are very strong, though, and they carried the novel when the romance wasn’t as toe curling as I’d hoped. I absolutely loved Penny’s dad and his relationships with both Penny and Trevor, and Trevor’s transition to small town life was enjoyable, too.

  • This is book #4 of the King’s Meadow Series, the last book of the series. You don’t need to read the others to read this book. It goes well with the series but can be a stand alone read. This is a romance about forgiveness and finding your purpose in life………

  • Slow It Down says:

    Robin Lee Hatcher has crafted a wonderful story of the power of forgiveness and letting go. It’s about family, community, grief, and new beginnings; and the theme that unites them all is faith. Penny has to figure out how her faith is going to impact her relationships with her family, community, and also Trevor. These aren’t easy situations for Penny to navigate through but throughout the story she learns to rely on the Lord.

  • Robin Lee Hatcher takes the reader on an emotion-filled journey in this tender story of love, loss, and forgiveness. Penny’s grief is palpable and it is easy to empathize with her as she attempts to cope with the loss of her brother, a loss that reopens the wounds in her heart caused by her mother’s death. Hatcher cleverly intersperses flashback chapters of Brad’s life to give the reader a stronger sense of the loss that Penny, her dad, and Trevor are coping with. Keeper of the Stars will have you alternately laughing and reaching for a tissue.

  • 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. 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.

  • Moments says:

    I have enjoyed the King’s Meadow series by Robin Lee Hatcher and “A Keeper of the Stars” is a wonderful addition to this series. Penny and Trevor were both characters whom I loved and loved how much growth and strength developed in them throughout the book. Penny was filled with so much hurt and anger and justifiably so; however she is forced to deal with that when Trevor arrives.

  • Keeper of the Stars isn’t just a romantic novel, it’s a story of love with family, with each other and with God. It’s a story that shared with us the vulnerabilities of a new faith, as well as those who have been a Christian for some time. “And remember, following Christ is a lifelong journey. Christians are foot solders, so to speak. Always on the march. Always learning. Always growing stronger.” (101). Sometimes to get stronger, you might need a little reminder. Pick this one up!

  • One portion of the book that I ended up really liking was something that I originally wasn’t sure about. Every few chapters, the reader gets to see a little glimpse back in time from Brad’s perspective. Brad was Penny’s brother who had recently passed away. I thought that reading these segments might make me very sad, however, the opposite was true. The flashbacks were from different points in time in Brad’s life and served to help me feel that I really “knew” Brad, both the boy he had been and the young man he became. I ended up loving this method of connecting me with this character!

  • Keeper of the Stars is a beautiful story on the surface but dig deeper and you will find it is a study of faith in a God Who wants an intimate relationship with us.
    The novel deals with the themes of anger and guilt, and the need to forgive the face in the mirror.
    It shows love and faith in action. It will make you smile. It will make you cry. And hopefully it will strengthen your faith in God Who loves you.

  • KEEPER OF THE STARS is the final book in the King’s Meadow series, but it easily stands alone. I only read one of the novellas in this series and I was not lost at all. I greatly enjoyed getting to know Penny and Trevor and even Brad and Rodney. The father and Brad stole this book away taking it from good to amazing.

    The other books in this series are: Love Without End, Whenever You Come Around, and I Hope You Dance.

    I greatly enjoyed reading KEEPER OF THE STARS and highly recommend this story

  • …I just love how Robin writes! 🙂 I always know her books are going to be entertaining in one way or another….

  • WORD Up! says:

    “Keeper of the Stars” is a beautiful book about forgiveness and finding the path home to Christ. It’s about love and family and friends and celebration and honesty. And there’s a sweet romance that develops within its pages. This is one of those books that makes me want to be a better person and use my giftings.

  • I really wanted to love this book, and I do love the setting and the backdrop of the story, but the characters never really grabbed me. They didn’t make me want to care. Maybe it is the seasonal blahs, but I just didn’t get into the story at all. I struggled through the book, and while the setting is lovely, it is not a favorite from this author. But it is not a deal breaker either, I will read her next book, I am sure. I just wasn’t over the moon on this one, which always makes me feel bad, because I want to love every book I choose to read. Overall I have to give the story 3.5 stars. This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.

  • I have enjoyed this entire series. I just love when an author writes multiple books in a series where we get to see different people that are connected to each other!

    The sense of helping others, the bigger picture, and family comes through so beautifully in this story, especially in the relationship between Trevor and Penny’s father Rodney.

  • 1 Six 1 Five says:

    This may be the first book of the Kings Meadow series that I’ve read, but I will definitely be looking to pick up the previous two books in the series.

  • I think this might be my favorite King Meadows book yet! I love that both characters have to learn to forgive and move past the grief that separates them in order to love. I really liked the main characters! Robin does a wonderful job of bringing both of them to life. Those who have read the other books in the series will enjoy some of those characters popping into this story.;) 
    I think another of my favorite things about this story is that there are flash backs to let the reader get to know Penny’s brother, who’s death plays a big role in the story.
    This is a wonderful book to read, whether you have read the others in the series or not!

  • Cara Putman says:

    This is a story that pulls you into a tight knit community and the broken lives of two independent people. One just wants to help while the other just wants him to leave. This is a story of finding healing even when you aren’t sure you want it or you’re not sure how to proceed. This is a story of the sweet grace God weaves into our lives that we don’t always see in the moment. It’s a story that illustrates how God puts the pieces together in His perfect timing and way.

    Keeper of the Stars is a great novel for those who love contemporary stories of love that point to the greatest Love of all.

  • This story has a powerful message of forgiveness…forgiving oneself; forgiving others. There is also the message that that forgiveness can only come through one’s faith in and dependence upon God. One of the surprises in the story is diabetes related, which tends to bring any story a little closer to home for me (since my daughter has Type 1, my dad and I have Type 2).

    If you enjoy stories of faith, with a little romance thrown in, you may enjoy this book.

  • I liked the characters in this book a lot. They aren’t cheesy; they are very likable. This is part of the Kings Meadow series, which I didn’t realize when I started reading the book. Now that I have read this one I would love to read the others in the series. Great book for a feel-good, easy read.

  • Keeper of the Stars is such a moving book that had my heart feeling so much for the characters – pain and sadness from death in the family, blossoming love and survival mode for family left behind after deaths. This book was such a great reminder of the power of forgiveness, the destruction of hate, anger and blame, and the peace only God can give when we trust him with our lives and leave our burdens on his shoulders instead of our own!

    This book was written beautifully and had me holding me breath hoping for pain to be replaced with love! Hatcher never disappoints!

  • I love that forgiveness is the central theme of this novel because of the vital importance it plays in the life of people every day who feel a sense of entitlement of holding onto grudges like that punishes the offender somehow, but in the end all it does it hurt the one holding on to it by relieving the circumstance over and over again. It also vital why the Bible says we must forgive, because we never know if we will ever see someone again because tomorrow’s are never guaranteed and once that time is gone, we can never say we are sorry. That is a regret that is too hard to carry around with us. There is a great discussion guide included at the conclusion of this novel and in my opinion, this one was well worth every single 5 out of 5 stars.

  • Robin Lee Hatcher ‘s newest book is a ‘keeper’ in more ways than one! It may be a love story at heart, but there’s much more happening within the pages of this book.

    This isn’t your ordinary love story. There’s not a simple obstacle keeping the two main characters apart, and finding love isn’t simple on either end. Penny’s been seriously hurt in the past, and she’s still grieving the loss of her brother. She’s not ready to trust her heart with anyone, and staying in control sounds great to her. Forgiveness isn’t an easy road to walk.

  • The romance was adorable, slow, and just right. It didn’t feel forced by the author or hastened. Rather, I felt the story had just the right amount of space for Penny to resolve her anger and come to terms with all of her feelings.

    Overall, I found much improvement over the previous novel. a cute story to close it all out.

  • Overall, this is a fantastic read, full of faith, family and forgiveness. I loved Rodney Cartwright, Penny’s father. He’s the real deal, a cowboy, a Christian, great father, and a hardworking man. I loved his conversations with Trevor, there was great dialog throughout, but Trevor and Rodney’s talks were my favorite! A fantastic read from beginning to end, with great character progression and growth, engaging from the start, and filled with hope.

  • Robin has done a great job writing another fun Kings Meadow Romance novel. I liked the way the story bounced from the perspective of Brad in the past to the present story of Penny and Trevor. I thought it was a great way to fill in the gaps by having the character, Brad, tell his own story instead of the story being shared as seen through the eyes of his sister. The book didn’t take very long to finish because it was so interesting and kept my attention.

  • A beautiful setting vividly conveyed. Love of family. A community that helps out when needed. Guilt, grief, anger. Forgiveness. A spiritual journey of growing faith…But one theme rises above all the others to my way of thinking, and that is influence. There are several messages that readers will take away – the need to simply let go and forgive, to offer up everything in our lives to God – but the importance of our witness spoke strongest to me. We don’t always see the effects of our personal witness, but Brad’s life was a gentle reminder that God is always working through us, drawing people to Him. Thank you, Robin, for the spiritual themes you weave throughout your writing. Highly recommended.

  • I am so glad that Ms. Hatcher followed her natural born talents and entered the field of telling stories. She is exceptional at this. “Keeper of the Stars”, I think, is her best book to date. Ms. Hatcher has given us characters in Penny and Trevor that are marvelous, meticulously crafted, and each one literally breathes on the pages.

  • I loved this book. Ms. Hatcher deals with grief, remembrance, forgiveness and healing amidst a blossoming love story.

    I enjoyed the way Ms. Hatcher had chapters for Brad, the main characters deceased brother who died prior to the start of the story. It gives the reader the opportunity to get to know Brad at different ages of his life which lets the reader understand why the main characters,Penny and Trevor feel the way they do about him.

    This is a beautifully told story of how grief can be healed and how forgiveness can be a gift.

  • All in all, Keeper of the Stars is a sweet read filled at points along the way with emotion that Hatcher keenly portrays. I do have to add that I did not read the previous two books in the series and this could have played a part in my finding it hard to connect with the story.

  • EmpowerMoms says:

    This story has a good pace with real emotions and heartbreaks. It is a story about love, forgiveness and seeking God’s direction in life. Most of the chapters are written from Penny’s point of view, but we also get a glimpse into her father and brothers thoughts as well.

  • When I started reading Keeper of the Stars, I anticipated it to be your typical romance novel and while it didn’t have any great surprises, it was very enjoyable to read. I found myself sympathizing with both Penny and Trevor in how they were dealing with the loss of a brother and a friend. I like how the author had “flashbacks” from the brother’s perspective that filled in details of why Brad was with Trevor when he died and also why he wanted Trevor to go to Kings Meadow….

  • There were so many touching moments, some of heartbreak, some of introspection, some of hearts opening to God and others, and some romantic. It was enjoyable and heartfelt. Definitely a story for Christian romance readers.

  • Robin Lee Hatcher has a way with storytelling. The way she weaves it draws me in completely and consumes me. I feel absolutely at home in King’s Meadow and I confess to crying when this book ended.

  • This book is a winner! This story and these characters had my attention with the first few paragraphs, and this story simply got better as the book progressed.

  • Keeper of the Stars is absolutely not leaving my shelves. In fact, look for it in my top books of 2016 because this one truly is a well written “keeper”!

  • This is one of my favorite books by Robin Lee Hatcher which is saying a lot since I am a fan of her books! This one was just a sweet romance that definitely wasn’t love at first sight which was a nice change from most romance books out there. I really like characters and how they both developed as the story progressed and how their romance progressed as well. I really did feel for the character Penny and all of the losses she went to through. A very touching, good read. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.

  • Robin Lee Hatcher has been one of my fav Authors for awhile & I have loved the King’s Meadow Romance series and am really sad sad to see it end.

  • Book by Book says:

    As with all the preceding Kings Meadow stories, I thoroughly enjoyed the new trip to the small-town Idaho that Keeper of the Stars provides. It’s a heartwarming and emotional read that will not leave Hatcher’s fans disappointed. I recommend it.

  • Fic Gal says:

    I was drawn to the title of the book. I’m not sure if that’s weird or not but that’s how I roll. I guess I could blame that on all the times I would roam the aisles at the library while looking for books to read. I really love the cover of this book. I love the font and the silver is just perfect. You have to see it in person to appreciate just how pretty this book is.

  • 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.

  • This novel was one that intrigued me from the start. That didn’t stop at all through the novel.

  • Although it wasn’t Trevor’s fault that Penny’s brother died he still partly blames himself. When her brother died, Penny lost her faith in God. Trevor made a promise to her brother and he intends to keep it. This promise leads the two into a budding romance. The romance is sweet and depicted as hope after a tragedy. It’s not an “insta-romance” and the author takes time to build up their relationship. The reader will likely find themselves as invested in the relationship as I did! It takes time to recover after such a crushing loss and I can’t imagine losing my sister.

  • I really enjoyed this story. I have not read the previous books in the series, but was able to easily get acquainted with the secondary characters that make up the cast. But my favorite character wasn’t Penny or Trevor (the main leads), it was Penny’s dad who was always pushing his daughter to try new things, and to experience a little fun and a little love in her life. What a great dad!

    Robin Lee Hatcher has always been a favorite author, and I highly recommend any of her books. “Keeper of The Stars” is a great place to start!

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