The start of a new chapter?
Braden Garrett felt blessed the instant his adopted baby girl was laid in his arms. Fifteen months later, the widowed CEO feels out of place as the only man at the local library's toddler music class! Until his gaze falls on the librarian. Beautiful Cassie MacKinnon sparks a desire he'd long forgotten…but why can't he convince her to go out with him?
After a disastrous broken engagement, Cassie's given up her dreams of white picket fences. That is, until tall, dark and sexy Mr. Garrett sparks fantasies of a different kind! Tempting as Braden is, though, Cassie is afraid the single dad only sees her as a substitute mommy. Or is the dedicated daddy offering everything she's ever wanted—true love and family—in one perfect package?
Baby Talk & Wedding Bells was more realistic than I expected and hit home on two questions rarely seen tackled on romance novels: adoption and infertility, and a relationship/marriage for the sake of a family instead of romance and love.
Both Braden and Cassie were likable and relatable characters that I enjoyed getting to know. Cassie had had her heart broken by the loss of family and unsatisfying relationships. She was determined not to fall in love, even though Braden and his daughter, even his mother, were so tempting with the warmth and affection that had been missing in her life for so long.
Braden has had his own heartbreak and trouble with his marriage before his wife died. He will not fall in love, has no interest to get emotionally involved, yet he is looking for a wife as a companion and a mother for his daughter.
The feelings that both Braden and Cassie goes through are rather raw and deep. The process for them to find peace in their hearts and lives, and find the balance they are looking for, the joy and cheer they were able to share with each other, it all takes it time, effort, and compromises they had not expected to make.
During this process, Cassie goes on a date with another man, and Braden claims to want only a marriage of convenience without bringing Cassie up to the same page with him. Both things that I wasn't a fan of, and in general don't like in my romance novels.
Braden's rowdy family around them, and Cassie's family of heart at the library, are a great addition to the story and the secondary characters help to move the plot along and contribute to the story in a significant way. Not to mention little Saige, Branden's daughter, who stole every scene she was in with her cuteness overflowing.
A fascinating story about marriage, children, the journey one has to go through to get to the point to be ready to be in a committed relationship, and the fumble life and love sometimes is.
~ Three Spoons with a teaspoon on the side
MY GRADING SCALE:
5 Spoons - Amazing, memorable story that I loved and want to read again. The best of the best and not given lightly
4 Spoons - Fantastic, entertaining story that I enjoyed and connected with and will gladly recommend to readers
3 Spoons - A good story, not much that stood out but I was engaged enough to spend the time to read it through
2 Spoons - A story with some issues, that were a problem to me
1 Spoon - Not for me