Title: His Daughter....Their Child
Author: Karen Rose Smith
Publisher: Silhoutte an Imprint of Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Publication Date: January 18, 2011
Print ISBN: 978-0373655809
eBook ISBN: 978-1426884788
Length: 224 Pages
Series: Reunion Brides
Celeste Wells didn't think twice about becoming a surrogate mom for her twin sister. But when Zoie's marriage ended suddenly, heartbroken Celeste just couldn't let the little girl go.
Clay Sullivan's world shattered once his wife walked out on him and their daughter, and Celeste was a reminder of the painful memories the tough survival guide had barely survived. Yet she was everything her sister wasn't—loyal, loving, committed to the child to whom she'd given birth. Not to mention the attraction that sizzled between them the moment they came face-to-face at their fifteen-year reunion! Would falling for Celeste be making the same mistake twice…or giving Abby the mother she was always meant to have?
I bought this book on a whim when I was shopping in the Harlequin store. I was attracted to the blurb and I’m happy to say that I’m pleased with my choice. The characters are likeable and the dialogue is engaging. I was drawn into the story and read it in one day.
Celeste is a great character; she’s thirty, single and attractive. She’s also shy and self-conscious about her past and what people in her hometown think of her family. When her fraternal twin Zoie asks for help in having a child, she agrees thinking Zoie and her husband Clay will be good parents. She didn’t know their marriage was in trouble and never imagined Zoie would divorce her husband and abandon their child. Now that Celeste is back in town for their high school reunion, she’s determined to get to know Abby, the little girl she gave birth to. She plans to stay in town and become a part of Abby’s life. She didn’t plan on falling for her sister’s ex.
Clay Sullivan is an interesting character; he’s attractive, smart and a successful outdoor and wilderness guide. He’s still angry with his ex-wife for betraying him and abandoning their daughter. He’s a great dad, it’s clear that his daughter Abby is the center and main focus of his life. Clay is threatened by Celeste’s return and is at first reluctant to allow her to have a relationship with Abby. Yet, he knows he wouldn’t have a daughter if she hadn’t agreed to be a surrogate. He didn’t plan on the immediate physical attraction he feels towards Celeste or on the emotional relationship that they develop.
The romance between Celeste and Clay isn’t without problems; they both have reservations about their attraction and about how their friends and the people in town will react. They also have to deal with Clay’s family, who don’t always approve of his choices. I was completely mesmerized by how Ms. Smith developed the characters and paced the story. The dialogue is engaging and Abby is a precocious child. When Zoie comes back to town, she adds to the tension between Celeste and Clay, which forces them to face their remaining issues and make choices about their future.
I was very happy with how the story ends and with how Celeste, Clay and Abby’s are doing and where their future is headed. I look forward to reading the next book in the series which will be released in October of this year.
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Crowns
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