Must they always be continents apart?
Nobody expects Paris fashion designer Grace Railton to settle down in her Indiana town, least of all Mica Barzonni. Fifteen months ago, he turned to her for comfort and compassion following a farming accident that left him permanently injured. Then she returned to France and went silent on him.
Until, suddenly, Grace shows up on his doorstep with life-altering news.
Mica, a father? He’s barely learned to navigate his postaccident life. But this could be his chance to become the man he’s always wanted to be—the husband and father Grace and their baby son need. Now Mica just has to convince her to stay.
SERIES: Shores of Indian Lake #9
GENRE: Contemporary Clean Romance
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Heartwarming
RELEASE DATE: December 1, 2017
“…they were as mismatched as a tuxedo and a pair of cowboy boots.”
I always love visiting Indian Lake through Catherine Lanigan’s heartwarming books. Mrs. Beabots is one of my favorite characters to hang out with. Anytime we also get to visit with the Barzonni family is a delightful bonus. And that’s exactly what we get to do in His Baby Dilemma – visit with the Barzonni family AND Mrs. Beabots. So already I’m happy 🙂
Grace and Mica both take a bit of getting used to. They each have some rough edges that at first make them seem prickly and hard to relate to in their own ways. BUT as their worlds begin to revolve around sweet little Jules – instead of themselves – those edges soften and make both Grace and Mica characters you’d enjoy having as friends. A baby changes everything, after all, and that’s definitely true for Grace and Mica. To be honest, both of them are pretty selfish at first but they go through some great character growth that I think is true to life.
The romance is told in phases which I love in this case – because it gives their relationship much more dimension than just ‘insta-love’ or even ‘friends to more’. It’s nuanced and layered, and the stages happen at a believable pace. The kisses are really great too. Just sayin’ 😉
Bottom Line: His Baby Dilemma is sweet and romantic and – dare I say – heartwarming. The characters are vividly drawn and baby Jules is adorable without being too cutesy. A great underlying message about how true love puts others first, and an intriguing potential for discussion as to the form that sacrifice takes for each character. And – as always – a visit to Indian Lake that will leave you smiling!
(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)
My Rating: 4.5 stars / love it!
KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion
Catherine Lanigan is the international bestselling and award-winning author of forty published titles in both fiction and non-fiction, including the novelizations of Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile, as well as over half a dozen anthologies, including “Chicken Soup for the Soul: Living your Dream”, “Chicken Soup for the Writer’s Soul”, and more. Ms. Lanigan’s novels have been translated into dozens of languages including German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Portuguese, Chinese, and Japanese. Ms. Lanigan’s novels are also available in E-books on Amazon.com and Barnes and Noble.com, Apple Store, Mobi and Kobo. Several of her titles have been chosen for The Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Clubs. Her Vietnam war-based novel, The Christmas Star, won the Gold Medal Award Top Pick from Romantic Times Magazine and has also won Book of the Year Romance Gold Award from ForeWord Magazine as well as Book of the Year Romance from Reader’s Preference.
Lanigan is the author of a trilogy of non- fiction books regarding angelic intervention in human life: Angel Watch, Divine Nudges and Angel Tales published by HCI and Cedar Fort. Skyhorse published Lanigan’s “how-to” book on writing: Writing the Great American Romance Novel. Lanigan was tasked by the NotMYkid Foundation to write a non-fiction book addressing teen addictions. Ms. Lanigan’s first Young Adult adventure novel, The Adventures of Lillie and Zane: The Golden Flute, was published by Cedar Fort.
Currently, she has published eight novels in the Shores of Indian Lake series for Harlequin Heartwarming: Love Shadows, Heart’s Desire, A Fine Year for Love, Katia’s Promise, Fear of Falling, Sophie’s Path and Protecting the Single Mom. Family of His Own pubs July, 2017. She has recently contracted for one more in the series: His Baby Dilemma.
As a cancer survivor, Ms. Lanigan is a frequent speaker at literary functions and book conventions as well as inspiring audiences with her real stories of angelic intervention from her Angel Tales series of books. She is an outspoken advocate for domestic violence and abuse and was honored by The National Domestic Violence Hotline in Washington, D.C. (THE EVOLVING WOMAN). She has been a guest on numerous radio programs including “Coast to Coast” and on television interview and talk show programs as well as blogs, podcasts and online radio interview programs.
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What about you? How would you finish this sentence: “as mismatched as ……” ?