I spent about ten years reading every Harlequin Superromance, Harlequin Special Edition and Silhouette Special Edition book that I could get my hands on in hopes of writing and publishing romance novels. I had two small kids at the time and I never followed an idea all the way through, never really learned to plot a novel and my characters felt forced to me. I had really thought that when they were both in school, I would write. But I found other things to do and I gave up on the dream of writing a romance novel. Maybe someday I will write a book, but right now I enjoy reading them and working at the library.
I had not read a romance novel in almost ten years, but after reading Merrily Ever After: A Novella by Jenny Holiday, I decided to look for another Christmas book and came across this one. The description sounded great:
A runaway teen at Christmas…
brings a special gift into her life.
When Ava Cahill returns to Holly River to reunite with the son she gave up for adoption, she’s stunned to encounter Noah Walsh again. The attractive biker she knew six years ago had no idea of her secret. And now Ava’s mentoring his troubled daughter. As she and Noah rekindle powerful feelings, can she tell him the truth and become one forever family?
It might be a great romance and it might be that I have not read a romance in while, and I don’t like to give a bad review, but this book was not for me. Ava gives up her high-powered career to be closer to the son she gave up for adoption who is now in a Children’s Home – why the heck doesn’t she bring him home? I do understand that it would be confusing for a child who had been through the death of his parents, but in the real world, I do think the birth mother would come forward IF they wanted to and they would just bring the child into their home and family.
A teenage girl shows up at the Children’s Home and her father turns out to be the father of this little boy that Ava gave up for adoption? It’s just too unbelievable.
Also, I did not like Noah – the attractive biker. I kept thinking he would grow on me, but he never did. He did care about his daughter, Sawyer and tried to provide for her, but there was something about the way he was written that didn’t sit right with me.
I did like Ava’s character and I loved the big, warm Cahill family, the brothers and sisters in law and family dinners. I loved the idea of a Children’s Home and the way it was set up with the cottages. Sawyer being concerned about her dad because he had a dangerous job and feeling like he didn’t care about her because he took risks, felt real to me.