Derrick Richmond has uprooted his life, resigned his naval commission, and started his own accounting business so that he can provide a stable home li..Show More »fe for his godson, Timmy. He's raising his godson now because, ten months ago, Timmy's father, his cousin James, also a Navy officer, died in a training accident.
Timmy has never really had a stable home life, and Derrick has never before James's death been responsible for a child. He knows he has a lot to learn, and a lot to work through with Timmy.
But when Anna Maxwell, Timmy's kindergarten teacher, says Timmy is having behavior problems and needs "extra help," Derrick has visions of the labeling of the "special ed" kids when he was in school, and is determined not to listen to her on the subject.
But he very much does want to do right by Timmy, and knows he needs help.
Meanwhile, Anna Maxwell loves kids, but has her own little secret on the subject, one which she thinks is an insurmountable obstacle to true love.
It's a nice story, about novella length I think, and Anna and Derrick are both likable. This is a nice little read, or listen. Recommended.
I received this audiobook as a gift from the author.
I have read and reviewed this book in traditional form, and coming back to it a second time in AudioBook form was a real treat. Jason is a widowed si..Show More »ngle father, juggling his guilt, his job and his daughter, Gina, fairly competently until his housekeeper quits without notice.
Jason is not perfect, but he is trying to appease his in-laws, perhaps allowing them more say in his decisions than would be normal if his wife were still alive. When Katie appears at his door, instantly he is attracted but more importantly his daughter is interacting with her as well. Katie instantly is able to manage the little girl, and she is willing to do housework as well.
The two slip easily into a schedule and routine, Jason finds himself looking forward to coming home to Katie and his daughter: and Katie has a much needed reprieve from her society life, commitments and unwanted push toward marrying a man she doesn’t love. With her quiet and competent manner, all is well until Jason’s mother-in-law resorts to drastic measures to run Katie off. His mother in law’s fears and anger over the loss of her daughter, and her continual interference in Jason’s life are easy to Katie to see, and she pities rather than is angry with the woman.
Laura Jennings narrating a Donna Fasano story is perfect casting. Her voice is clear and diction is precise, with small modulations in tone and tempo that delineate characters without undue distraction. There is a softness in her delivery that lends itself to the presentation of the sweeter and gentle romances that Fasano writes, and there are moments when her enjoyment of the text is apparent in the smile you can hear in her voice.
And Fasano has written a story that will make you smile: her characters are honestly realistic with failures and foibles, their pain and hesitations are apparent, and their relationships grow comfortably. Additionally Jason and his two cohorts, Derrick and Reece all meet for some “Dad bonding” time, often with hilarious results. Each relationship is portrayed and developed with care and the stories are certain to leave you with a smile.
I received an AudioBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.