The story begins where the last book ended after Henry Harris’ family learns not only of his death in a Marine training accident but also that he has a 2-year old daughter he’d abandoned. His adopted brother, Trevor, takes on the mission to locate the child and her mother, Morgan Riley, and reach out to them. When he finds them, Trevor immediately connects with her and little Etta. Despite her typical wary nature, Morgan develops a bond and trust with him as they prepare for the family reunion.
I initially enjoyed how this story developed as Trevor and Morgan took tentative steps toward developing a friendship, building trust and the beginnings of a relationship. He had great instincts that she responded to almost immediately, both sort of aware of a slight attraction. I liked both of them and how Etta connected the two of them. What fell flat for me is Morgan’s reaction to the rest of Henry’s family, specifically Trevor and Henry’s mother, Ellie, and her behavior towards Morgan. The story spiraled in a direction that didn’t make sense nor felt true to either character. And, there were significant time gaps that really tested my sense of reality.
What began as a really good story settled into something less than. It transitioned to lots of details about mundane activities while briefly mentioning more important actions. It ended rather abruptly with a resolution that felt hollow. I really enjoyed the first two books and had high hopes for this one considering the storyline. The conflicts felt contrived when there were better directions the story could have taken. I’m hoping the next book recaptures the magic of this series.
- Release Date: July 10, 2018
- Series: Fostering Love #3
- Page Numbers: 368
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(I received an advance copy from NetGalley in exchange for an unbiased review)