Tuesday, 30 August 2011
365 books in 365 days Challenge ... book #159
The Baby Twins - Laura Marie Altom
Harlequin American Romance
From the back cover:
"A pilot's widow, Stephanie Olmstead isn't afraid of flying...until the plane takes off, triggering a panic attack! Suddenly, the single mother of twins has a new man in her life. Brady McGuire, the pilot who saved her from a major meltdown, now sees himself as her protector. And friend.
Between flying and moving across the country to be closer to his daughter, Brady's life is hectic enough. But ever since he played hero, he can't stay away from the gorgeous single mom and her infant girls. That's when things start happening really fast. But is Stephanie ready to move on? Brady has his doubts. One thing's for sure, it's going to be a bumpy ride!"
Another American Romance book. How cute are the babies on the cover! Aww! Anyway, I enjoyed this book.
The heroine Stephanie is flying out to Miami to collect some of her late husband's possessions when she suddenly suffers a major panic attack. The pilot Brady, the hero, helps her to calm down, he was once friends with Stephanie and her husband. Brady worries about Steph as he feels that her reaction on the plane is a sign of an underlying problem. They spend some time together and aside from one very awkward kiss they become good friends. Both Steph and Brady are having a tough time lately; Steph is still grieving for her husband and trying to cope with being a single mother to her nine month old twin girls as well as the pressures of running a business. And Brady is in the process of moving back to his home town in order to spend more time with with 8 year old daughter and deal with his issues over the break up of his marriage after his wife had cheated with his brother. As the weeks go on Brady and Steph spend a lot of time talking and spending as much time as they can together, and they gradually fall in love. But while Brady is trying to come to terms with everything Steph seems to be suffering from ever increasing panic attacks.
I really enjoyed this books, it has a wonderful mix of fun and tenderness, as well as dealing with some tough issues. Both the characters are flawed and, to me, this makes them feel very real and three dimensional. Steph's problems with her grief and depression are heartbreaking and handled well by the author. The conflict was actually quite surprising, I won't give anything away but I actually expected it to go in a different direction than it did, so it was a pleasant surprise. The relationship develops between the hero and heroine wonderfully and is very believable. Although I do feel that the ending is too rushed and let the rest of the book down.
Overall, this is a warm and fun read.