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(Where the Heart Lives #1)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  2,078 ratings  ·  168 reviews
In the high desert town of Frenchman's Bluff, Idaho, Felicia Kristoffersen has set out to create a future for herself that is better than her painful past. Alone in the world with only her faith to sustain her, she must prove herself as this tiny community's new school teacher. She cannot, must not, fail. But, there are those who never wanted her there to begin with.

Paperback, 277 pages
Published August 16th 2011 by Zondervan
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Oct 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
OMG!!! I loved this book from the beginning. Maybe because it was about a teacher or maybe because the author is just so fabulous at what she does!!! This story is so amazing I don't know how to put it into words. First off I fell in love with the characters. (Besides Mrs. Summerville XD) Also I love that the main character was a teacher because when I grow up, I want to become a teacher! This story is about Felicia. She was an orphan when she was about 10 and then a couple adopted her but they ...more
Jan 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
i don't normally read christian fiction. i don't want to be preached at. although a christian of sorts, my beliefs are very different from the christian right, who usually write christian fiction.

that said, i read this because several years ago i also read one of the prolific ms. hatcher's books. i like historical american fiction. i thoroughly enjoyed this book. the story was believable, the dialogue realistic, the characters well developed. the christian references were not offensive to me. al
I lost myself in this one, perhaps it was a little predictable but I enjoyed it thoroughly. A good Christian fiction with all the trappings.
I really enjoyed this story and read it quickly. There were a lot of things to like about it. First, there were Scriptures quoted by the heroine, Felicia, and her random thoughts about the Bible. This fit her personality so well that it seemed like a natural way for her to think. Sometimes in Christian novels the faith element feels a bit contrived or forced, but not so in this book. I loved the scene where the hero caught her praying. I could feel her joy and his wonder at the sight of her comm ...more
Mar 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
I can't really say I enjoyed anything about this book. The plot, characters, everything has been done a million times before and better. Can no relationship be built without first being prejudiced against one another, then a bond over a child, and then *the clincher* falling in love over being rescued (most likely from a near-drowning)? Then of course, there is a misunderstanding, causing one to flee and another to follow after them, culminating in a undying love confession in a train station.

Robin Hatcher
Mar 24, 2013 added it  ·  (Review from the author)
What a delight to "help" (as the author) each of the three orphans in the Where the Heart Lives series find happiness. It's one of the perks of being a novelist.
Felicia Kristofferson leaves Wyoming after her parents' death when she finds out she was never legally adopted and can't therefore inherit their farm. She accepted a teaching position in a small town in Iowa. From the beginning she has to deal with the dislike of the town's 'elite'.
I'll admit I'm no more that much into historical fiction and only started this book because I needed one set in Iowa. After the first chapter I was hooked and loved the book very much. I loved the characters especiall
Hilary (A Wytch's Book Review)
Hmm this is not really the type of book I would normally read, I will say it was well written but just too much Christianity and romance for me! Others will love it however not me - sorry!
Mar 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ive read " belonging " ,, a recommendation from @dhuhaaalhaddad 😍.. i wanted sweet christian fiction and it was indeed sweet ,, i enjoyed it so much 😍 i gave it 4 out of 5 stars
Holly Renee
Sep 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Following the death of her parents, Felicia Kristoffersen chooses to embrace the opportunity she had to sacrifice in order to help the aging couple who once took her into their family. She starts over as the new schoolmarm in Frenchman's Bluff, Idaho. She's determined to make an impression upon those who didn't want her as the schoolmarm--especially Colin Murphy.
Colin Murphy voted against Miss Kristofferesen as the new schoolmarm. After all, the other single schoolmarms up and left after findi
Paula  Phillips
Nov 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Reading Christian Fiction , like any genre can become a bit tiresome as it all starts to blend in together and the overall feeling of formula fiction kicks in every time you read . However, amongst all those books , there are a few authors that will bring out an amazing novel and will re-inforce and remind you why you read that genre continuously.
Belonging by Robin Lee Hatcher , the first in a new series Where the Heart Lives was one of those books that remind you why you read as it was an exce
Nov 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
This one is quite possibly my favorite book by Ms. Hatcher so far. This book has it all, with an engaging, yet traditional story line that moves along swiftly and characters that move you, and easily draw one in.

Felicia is a schoolteacher in Idaho, during the late 1800's, determined to help her students learn. But there are some things--and people that stand in her way. What can she do to gain the trust of the town, and convince them to let her stay?

Well written, and very engaging, I loved this
Maureen Timerman
Nov 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011-read
Robin Lee Hatcher is sharing another wonderful story with us! She has gifted us with some wonderful characters that we can be absorbed into.
The Tale is set in Idaho in the late 1800's, Felicia Kistofferson has arrived in Frenchman's Bluff to become the Teacher. Her life hasn't been easy, she became an orphan, when her Mom died. Put into an orphanage in Chicago, she was put on the Orphan Train, and taken by a couple, that wanted a Housekeeper. She was under the impression that the Kristofferson's
Feb 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
After losing their mother at a young age, Felicia and her two siblings board the orphan train in Chicago, bound for the West. Felicia lived on a farm in Wyoming with her new family, separated from her two siblings. After the death of her new parents, she moves to a small town in Idaho to become their schoolmarm.

Colin, the local mercantile owner, is part of the schoolboard and has offered his little cottage behind his store to the new school teacher, Felicia. As their lives intertwine, will loss
Nov 29, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In general this is an enjoyable light historical romance with Christian theme. The main storyline is a classic historic, romance between Felicia, the new school teacher, and Colin Murphy, a local merchant. The story is well written and really warm, too. Bible quotes were a bit to much, but were nicely integrated with the characters.
Book Chick (Tori)
Feb 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Feb. 2014: I'm so glad I found this series. I've enjoyed all 3- even reading them in reverse. Haha This was a sweet love story. A hot man, beautiful teacher, a lady I wanted to punch in the face... It was great. :)

March 2018: 4 stars Looking forward to reading this series again.
Karielle at Books à la Mode
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
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Belonging (Where the Heart Lives #1) by Robin Lee Hatcher
Page Count: 277
Release Date: 23 August 2011
Publisher: Zondervan
Source: Complimentary copy provided by publisher in exchange for an honest and unbiased review (thank you!!)

Review: At ten, Felicia Brennan Kristofferson was orphaned; at twenty-six, she was orphaned for the second time. The deaths of her adoptive parents leaves her completely independent—save the malicious "cousin" who wants her to marry into the Kristofferson family to face t
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
And easy read and a good first novel to series. Felicia story is probably all too common in that time period, being adopted by a family that are in need of her and not necessarily willing or able to love her. But into adulthood she moves beyond that and finds happiness. Collin start off as a semibetter widower who doesn’t necessarily wish to remarry. Though he does fall victim to a scheme by a local mother-in-law to secure a new husband for her daughter in law and her two grandchildren. Obviousl ...more
Christie Lovvorn
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
The "Where the Heart Lives" series tells the heart-breaking stories of siblings Felicia, Hugh, and Diana Brennan who are sent out west after their mother dies. The children are separated and the first novel, Belonging, recounts the story of Felicia's life, picking up the thread when she is an adult undertaking her first teaching job in a small town. As a teacher myself, Felicia's love for and dedication to her students resonated with me and provided a pleasant character with whom I could relate. ...more
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Holding on to Faith

'Belonging' brought a lonely, searching Felicia to God's perfect home. Sent to a loveless home after the death of her mother was the beginning of her journey. Finding her place was the end. Enjoy Belonging.
Brenda C. McAllister
OH!! WOW!!!!!!

What another sweet book and cherished love story. God does promise that things will turn out for our God and He promised that he means for us to have a future and to not do is harm. It certainly worked that way for Felicia and Colin and their daughter, Charity.
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
A sweet and uplifting story that made for nice weekend reading.
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found another series that I enjoy! Looking forward to reading more by Robin Lee Hatcher!
Pelican Rapids
Jul 20, 2017 rated it liked it
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finished the story to the end
May 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this one. Light, fluffy, and cheesy, the story was sweet.
Dawn Jordan
Jun 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable book.
Barbara Lee
Jun 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Using God's truth

I liked that scripture was used. It helped keep a Christian perspective to a good story line. I had a hard time putting it down. Enjoyable!
Mar 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
A nice light read, with good occasion for religious introspection.
Herman Fassett
Nothing wrong with it, just nothing special either. I felt like I was reading something I'd read before; plus I hate that kind of romance confusion...
Jun 17, 2019 rated it liked it
Not a bad story just kind of boring 🤷🏻♀ ...more
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Robin Lee Hatcher is the author of 80 novels and novellas with over five million copies of her books in print. She is known for her heartwarming and emotionally charged stories of faith, courage, and love. Her numerous awards include the RITA® Award, Christy Award, Carol Award, HOLT Medallion, National Reader’s Choice Award, and the Faith, Hope & Love Reader’s Choice Award, and she is also the ...more

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“Not all friendships take a long time to grow and deepen. Some are formed in an instant.” 7 likes
“Miss Kristoffersen.” He offered his elbow to her. After a slight hesitation, she slipped her hand into the crook of his arm, and the two of them walked toward the barn. Just before they reached it, guitar and fiddle, flute and banjo, drums and tambourine began to play a lively melody. Very soon, couples swirled by the open doorway, the women’s colorful skirts soaring out behind them. Colin dared to look at Felicia again and was rewarded with an enormous smile. “It’s wonderful,” she said, loud enough to be heard above the music. “I’ve never seen anything like it.” “Your first barn dance?” She nodded. “Would you like to dance?” The smile vanished, and she shook her head. It surprised him how much he wanted to change her mind. “Are you sure?” Color infused her cheeks. “I don’t know how to dance, Mr. Murphy.” “Tell you what.” He leaned closer so he didn’t have to raise his voice. “We’ll wait until they play something a bit slower. Then I’ll teach you. Okay?” For a heartbeat, he feared she would still refuse. But then she nodded, and pleasure flowed through him. Mrs. Summerville be hanged.” 0 likes
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