by Robin Lee Hatcher

August 2003
ISBN: 0-8423-6098-0
Reviewer Graphic Button Heart Quest
Trade Paperback

Faith Butler finds herself stuck in Dead Horse, Wyoming. Her daughter is sick and cannot travel any further. The acting troupe that Faith is part of must move on to meet a performance date. Faith must make a choice: risk her daughter's life or take a chance that God might provide a better life for them. She choses to take a chance on God. The doctor tells her about a housekeeping/cook job that might be available. Of course, her employer is a recluse and has nothing to do with any of the townspeople or his own cowboys. Even though she fears him, Faith isn't proud enough to hurt her children because of her fear. She decides to help her boss out of his self imposed exile.

Drake Rutledge had been shut up in his house for seven years. Ever since his accident which destroyed his face and life, Drake has been hiding from life and forgiveness. He finds that he can't refuse Faith when she asks for a job. Drake's house becomes a home as Faith cleans away the dirt and bitterness from his life. By opening his heart again, Drake comes to understand that forgiveness is his for the asking. Also, that he has fallen in love with Faith and her children. But can Faith love the half a man he has become?

Growing in their faith and love for each other, Drake and Faith dream of a new life together. Darkness looms though with the return of Faith's past. Will her shame and fear drive them apart or bring them closer together?

Drawing on Shakespearean quotes to accent her prose, Robin Lee Hatcher does a marvelous job of combining the inspirational with the secular. Drake and Faith's belief in God is a major part of the book, but the reader isn't punished with it. Drake's acceptance of his fault in the accident that took his eye reveals how time can heal almost any wound. Faith's confidence in herself as a woman and a wife matures as the story unfolds. The secondary romance between Gertie and the doctor is more light hearted, even though it too has its moments of suffering.

In the words of one of my favorite Shakespeare quotes: Love is not love which alters when alteration finds or bends with the remover to remove, Speak To Me Of Love is a tale of accepting one another with all our scars and sins. It talks of loving with faith and trust, no matter the troubles.

Reviewed in December 2003 by Jenni.

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