Friday, June 10, 2022

I'll Be Seeing You by Robin Lee Hatcher

 I'll Be Seeing You

Book Summary

Generations of secrets unfold as a young college student learns the truth about her great-grandmother’s World War II heartbreak and love. For fans of Francine Rivers and Karen Kingsbury.

Brianna Hastings’s life seems dull and full of disappointment until a handsome young man visits her church. She’s instantly smitten by the charming Greg, who leads an exciting, independent life—the kind of life she longs for. But when a college history assignment forces Brianna to interview her great-grandmother about life during World War II, she can’t believe it when Daisy presses her with questions about Greg’s character. “What sort of man is he? Who is he at his core?”

What could her great-grandmother possibly know about love at first sight?

The questions take both women back to Boise, Idaho, in the early 1940s, when war emphasized how fragile life could be. Daisy and her older sister pine for the same handsome bomber pilot—until one night of terrible judgment reveals their true characters and drives them apart. Trying to protect the people she loves the most, Daisy condemns herself to live a lie.

In the years that follow, as Daisy grapples with the consequences, she receives unexpected grace from a man she’s known her whole life but never looked at twice. Could what she learned about love save Brianna from heartache three generations later?

My Thoughts

I’ll Be Seeing You by Robin Lee Hatcher has Brianna Hastings doing a research project for her college history class.  She must interview the oldest member of her family who happens to be her ninety-eight-year-old grandmother, Daisy.  Daisy tells her granddaughter about living through World War II in Boise, Idaho.  She has valuable good life lessons to share with Brianna. GeeGee hopes that Brianna is ready to hear them.  I thought I’ll Be Seeing You was well-written with realistic, relatable characters.  The story is told from multiple points-of-view.  It is also goes from the present to the beginning of World War II (the bombing of Pearl Harbor).  I had a little trouble in the beginning adjusting to the back-and-forth, but I soon adjusted.  We get to see how one mistake changes a person’s life and others.  We see how a lie impacts not only the person who told it but to those around them.

With God’s help, we can be forgiven so we can move forward.  I like how the author incorporated faith into the story.  It was well-done and not preachy.  My favorite Christian line is, “When she’d confessed her sin, He’d forgiven her.  There is therefore now no condemnation to them that are in Jesus Christ.” I loved the references to movies from that time period (The Song of Bernadette, Holiday Inn, and Mrs. Miniver).  I’ll Be Seeing You deals with realistic situations and problems.  We see how the characters overcome them with God’s help.  I enjoyed watching the characters grow as people and in faith. I did feel that the book was a little too long.  There were points that were repeated a few too many times.  A couple of changes would have made I’ll Be Seeing You an even better story.   I’ll Be Seeing You is a touching tale that will hold your interest until the very last page.  I like that we get to see how one bad choice was turned into good.    I’ll Be Seeing You is a story about family, faith, forgiveness, history, salvation, love, and God’s grace.  

I'll Be Seeing You is available from Amazon*.  You can find Robin Lee Hatcher's other novels here.  I appreciate you stopping by today to read my review.  Next time I am featuring A Fatal Booking by Victoria  Gilbert.  It is the third A Booklover's B & B Mystery.  I hope that you have a lively day.  I am heading outside to plant seeds in the garden.  I planted morning glories last week and they are already almost two inches tall.  I have been ordering seeds for the last year.  All the flowers are either red, white, or blue so they go with the theme of our house (The Star Spangled Manor).  We shall see what happens.  It has been hit and miss for me with seeds that I have started indoors.  That is why I am planting the seeds directly in the garden.  Wish me luck!  Take care, stay cool, and Happy Reading!


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