Rating: 4.5 stars. _PG rated sexual content (none graphic).
Note: Stands alone read.
GOOD READ! Well written, unusual storyline, touching dilemma, complex characters, great dialogue, and the ending packs an intense emotional impact. HOWEVER, the ending is a little rushed, the hero is often truculent and withdrawn which makes it difficult to believe they are able to successfully pose as a loving couple, and the hero's strategy of lying to his family just feels uncomfortable, but these issues detract only slightly from the storyline.
THIS STORY follows Londoner Belinda Rochester and Australian Flynn Bradley. Two years earlier, while in the process of IVF, Gwen and Drew Bradley (her sister and his estranged brother) were both killed in a ferryboat accident. Bel survives her grief by focusing on obtaining legal possession of Gwen and Drew's embryos so that she can become a surrogate mother.
As the story unfolds, Flynn flies to England and literally stops the time-sensitive implantation in progress. He then refuses to let the procedure continue until Bel agrees to provide legal standing for his custody challenge by moving to Australia and marrying him. Unwilling to let the embryos die, she concedes to his demands. After implantation, Bel travels to his family's outback station, falls in love with his family, his ranch, the wildlife, and eventually falls in love with Flynn. But their custody battle ends with a devastating legal decision which forces both of them to resolve their painful past in order to create a new family together.
OVERALL, a touching story about family relationships. forgiving yourself and your loved ones, and seizing a second chance.
You may also enjoy the complex characters and storytelling of N. Bruhns, A. Stuart, or E. Palfrey. For sweet, funny, heart touching romances with great descriptive imagery try Susan Fox and Cara Colter.
- Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Harlequin Books (7 February 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0373177909
- ISBN-13: 978-0373177905
- Product Dimensions: 10.7 x 1.3 x 16.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 68 g
- Customer Reviews: 11 customer ratings