Thursday, 5 May 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #46
Their Newborn Gift - Nikki Logan
Mills and Boon Romance/Cherish
Harlequin Mills and Boon
From the back cover:
"One big secret…
When Lea became accidentally pregnant she decided that she would go it alone. Rodeo star Reilly wasn’t the sort of man who’d want to be tied down. But five years later she needs to tell him her secret…
One tiny blessing…
Learning he’s a daddy is bittersweet for Reilly, because his little girl is fighting to survive. Her only hope is a new brother or sister. Can he and Lea create a newborn miracle – and a future together?"
This book was originally published under the Mills and Boon Romance line but was re-branded and re-released under the Cherish Line in ebook form when Mills and Boon re-branded many of their lines and covers in late 2010. This was offered as a free ebook download (along with 12 more titles) from www.everyonesreading.com or you can also get these titles free from the Amazon Kindle store, which is where I got my copy from.
The story begins with the heroine Lea travelling with her little daughter Molly to visit the hero Reilly. Five years ago Lea and Reilly shared a night together, Lea had left in the early hours never seeing him again and did not tell him that he is Molly's father. Reilly is surprised to see Lea again, he was angry that she left as he felt they had connected and he is even more angry when he learns of Molly's existence. Lea informs Reilly that Molly is very sick and needs a bone marrow transplant, preferably from the cord blood stem cells of a full sibling. She asks Reilly to get her pregnant again so this would be possible. Reilly tells her that due to injuries sustained while he was a Rodeo competitor he can't get her pregnant in the biblical way! But offers her the use of his banked sperm.
Both Reilly and Lea are wary of relationships from issues in their childhoods. Reilly sees this new baby as his last chance to have his own family, and sets the condition that Lea must give him full custody once the baby is born. Lea knows that giving up the child will be one of the hardest things she will ever do but knows she must in order to save Molly. As Lea and Reilly spend time together during her pregnancy they begin to get to know one another properly and start to work through some of their own issues.
This was a very emotional and intense book, and very beautifully written. The characters are both very well developed, and I really enjoyed the fact that both were flawed and had the chance to grow and move on within the story. Nikki Logan has certainly written about a hard hitting subject with the impending loss of a child and a parents attempt to do anything in their power to save that child. I will admit that I felt a little uncomfortable initially about the subject matter of creating one child in order to save another, however this was handled with care and sensitivity by the author and there was no doubt that the characters would love the new baby equally.
I loved the Australian countryside setting and all the references and descriptions of the local nature, although I did have to keep looking up the occasional thing after not having a clue what it meant! I have actually learnt quite a few things about Australian nature and wild life from reading this book!
I have Nikki Logan's recent UK RIVA release on my TBR pile and if it's as good as this one then I can't wait to read it!