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Title: Her Baby, His Love
Author: Lynne Marshall
Publisher: Tule Publishing, Montana Born
Published: March 27th, 2017
This is a moving contemporary, second chance at life, romance with the ‘heroine’ having struggled with finding trustworthy men in her life, except for her grandfather! She discovered that the latest man in her life was married when it was announced in the newspapers and a colleague shared the news with her. Determined not to be around when he returns from his honeymoon, she finds herself a new job and house to live in hundreds of miles away in the comparatively small town of Charity, Montana.
She’s quite disappointed with the home when she first arrives as it is quite dilapidated and in desperate need of painting. However, inside it is much better and the friendly person who manages the rental properties, Joe Collins, soon gets things fixed and helps her to settle in. Joe also owns and runs the local garden centre and Taylor can’t believe how attracted she feels to him despite having sworn off men for the foreseeable future. When she discovers she’s pregnant, she’s even more determined to keep her distance. As friendship and trust grow between them the arrival of Taylor’s cheating ex is going to test everything they hold dear, especially as he wants his as yet unborn child!
The theme throughout this story is one of trust. There are some stereotyping of both ex-cons and single Mums but the story generally flows well. Joe is an ex-con who is working hard to put his past behind him and to atone for his mistakes but Taylor struggles to accept or trust him because of his past and how she’s been mistreated by the men she’s trusted in the past. I liked Joe’s character much more than Taylor’s! She seems quite blinkered and determined to condemn anyone who is an ex-con and repeatedly voices her prejudices.
As new friendships, a growing sense of community and belonging all develop for Taylor she needs to reevaluate her beliefs and expectations whilst Joe needs to learn to trust his heart and value himself and his achievements. The author takes the reader through the whole gamut of emotions, including some laugh out loud moments. Both the main characters are isolated from most of their family and would love to be the special someone in someone’s life. Their relationships with the community are the strongest and their support – well, apart from Arlene – is heartwarming.
Many thanks to the publishers for gifting me a copy of this novel, via NetGalley, with no obligation. This is my honest review.
All Taylor Clark ever wanted was a normal life and a traditional family, but so far she’s had neither. Soon after discovering that her boyfriend was secretly engaged and she moves to Charity, Montana for a fresh start, she realizes she’s pregnant. As her new friendly and sexy landlord helps her settle in, they become friends, although Taylor has to keep reminding herself to keep her distance. The last thing she needs is to start something new.
As an ex-con, Joe Collins knows a little something about fresh starts. Despite his determination to keep his head down, he can’t ignore Taylor’s natural beauty or obvious vulnerability. In short time, a tentative friendship blooms along with something more precious—trust.
When Taylor’s ex comes to town, he threatens everything that Joe and Taylor have built together. Joe steps up to care for and protect her, even though he risks losing more than the woman he loves.