Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Robin by Julane Hiebert - REVIEWED

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Wings of Hope Publishing Group (November 15, 2015)
Julane Hiebert


Julane is first of all a child of God. She is also a wife to Bob, mother to two living sons,Kip and Rob, two daughters in heaven, two wonderful daughters-in-law, Becky and Tami, and grandmother to six perfectly wonderful grands, as well as an additional three ‘other grands’. She lives with her husband in a wee cottage by a small lake nestled in the beautiful Flint Hills of Kansas.

Though encouraged by many to pen the story of raising two daughters with an incurable disease, she has chosen to incorporate the lessons learned into the lives of her not-too-perfect characters. Her passion is to present the promises and hope found in God’s Word in down-to-earth, everyday experiences through her stories.

Julane loves reading, decorating, junking, antiques, and chocolate! No particular order, but one would be safe to insert chocolate between all other interests.


In 1877 the Wenghold sisters inherited an overwhelming debt with their father’s passing. An uncle they’ve never met offers a solution—come help on his Kansas cattle ranch. The oldest sister, Robin, agrees to go.

Ty Morgan has suffered through a year of misery after being jilted by the town beauty a few months before their wedding. But a tornado whirls an unexpected breath of hope into his heart when he rescues Robin, his neighbor’s newly arrived niece, and a small boy who was orphaned by the storm.

Robin’s crippled leg prevents her from being a real help to Uncle John, but she seems to be exactly who Ty needs to heal his broken heart. Until his former fiancĂ©e returns and a mysterious, elusive stranger casts worry over the entire community.

A woman determined to honor her obligations, a man entangled in a long ago-made commitment, an orphaned child in need of security . . . Can God guide these three souls to peace and fulfillment together?

My Thoughts:
Now would’t that buy granny a new hat---and a pink feather to put in it?”  (p. 255)

Uncle John’s thought about his current situation is represented pretty accurately in this statement.  He is the one character in Julane Hiebert’s novel, Robin, who speaks his mind with no apology!  Robin Wenghold has no idea of the treasure her Uncle John will become in her life when she sets off for Kansas to beseech his help with the debt left to her by her father.  Robin encounters a host of personalities and situations that are quite foreign to her, but, over time, become quite dear to her!

This is a prairie version of a coming of age story of two adults who need a new perspective on life in general.  My only angst with this story is the “praire” language that seeps from the lips of the characters from time to time.  (Uncle John starts sounding more and more like Jed Clampett)   Otherwise, this is a tale that will give you a pleasurable break from reality as the characters face challenge after challenge to overcome circumstances they neither expected or understand.  Hard work, patience and a lot of honesty go a long way to mend the hurts and anxiety in the lives of the characters in this novel.

If you like a good prairie romance, look no further!  Robin is just what you’ve been waiting for!

If you would like to read the first chapter of Robin, go HERE.

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