ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Robin Lee Hatcher discovered her vocation as a novelist after many years of reading everything she could put her hands on, including the backs of cereal boxes and ketchup bottles. The winner of the Christy Award for Excellence in Christian Fiction (Whispers from Yesterday), the RITA Award for Best Inspirational Romance (Patterns of Love and The Shepherd's Voice), two RT Career Achievement Awards (Americana Romance and Inspirational Fiction), and the RWA Lifetime Achievement Award, Robin is the author of over 50 novels, including Catching Katie, named one of the Best Books of 2004 by the Library Journal.
Robin enjoys being with her family, spending time in the beautiful Idaho outdoors, reading books that make her cry, and watching romantic movies. She is passionate about the theater, and several nights every summer, she can be found at the outdoor amphitheater of the Idaho Shakespeare Festival, enjoying Shakespeare under the stars. She makes her home outside of Boise, sharing it with Poppet the high-maintenance Papillon.
She also likes to blog. Go leave her a comment at Write Thinking!
ABOUT THE BOOK:
Katherine Clarkson has the perfect life. Married to Brad, a loving and handsome husband, respected in their church and the community. Two grown daughters on the verge of starting families of their own. A thriving ministry. Good friends. A comfortable life.
She has it all--until the day a reporter appears with shocking allegations. Splashed across the local news are accusations of Brad's financial impropriety at his foundation and worse, an affair with a former employee. Without warning, Katherine's marriage is shattered and her family torn apart. The reassuring words she's spoken to many brokenhearted women over the years offer little comfort now.
Her world spinning, Katherine wonders if she can find the truth in the chaos that consumes her. How can she survive the loss of what she thought was the perfect life?
The Perfect Life had a riveting beginning. I was dying to know what had actually happened. Then it looked like the mystery was over and I wasn't sure I wanted to finish the story. However, I decided to give it a chance and am glad I did because the story didn't shake out the way it seemed like it would at first. It's very hard to sustain tension and genuine spiritual struggles in a novel about marriage relationships without it getting annoying for the reader due to the harping and bitterness that tends to develop within a storyline where trust is broken in marriage. However, the author does a fabulous job with this novel and not once did I want to slap the heroine, as is often the case. The tension in The Perfect Life was realistically done and believable. The spiritual arc was fabulous and extremely honest. In short, I loved this story and highly recommend it, especially for couples who have discovered a lack of trust in their relationship.
The Perfect Life was published by Thomas Nelson and released in February 2008.