Veterinarian Rory Gallagher chose a different path from his brothers, both of whom became first responders in the lovely little town of Darling, Vermont. Rory's always had an affinity for animals--and the ladies. Known for his impressive track record in breaking hearts, Rory never meant to hurt anyone; he's just never been in a hurry to settle down. It's not as if he needs to pay a visit to the town's famed Kissing Bridge to magically find love. He'll know The One when he sees her. . .right?
Oaklee Ferguson is the kid sister of Rory's best friend--and, even now that she's all grown up, remains immune to the pet-doctor's charms. When she shows up at Rory's clinic late one night--devastated after hitting a stray dog with her car--Rory's so-called -bedroom eyes- are the last thing on her mind. Still, his care and kindness toward the dog, and his concern for her feelings, catches Oaklee by surprise. . .and soon the two (and rescued dog makes three!) begin to share a deep connection that neither could have ever imagined. Could it be that love has been waiting for them by the bridge all along?
What a fantastic story!! I am in awe and in tears.
Somebody's baby is a sweet and heartwarming tale, yet so lifelike, so realistic, the feelings are raw and real, and easy to relate to. The process of falling in love while it has the charm and magic of the new feelings growing and blooming it is also difficult, awkward, an uphill battle, that takes time and emotional moments of hard conversations to be able to learn to trust again, have the courage to open your heart again to be vulnerable, to have faith in a lasting relationship. And when you add the meddling townfolks and family who means well but steps on the wrong toes, it all just shows that life and love is a fragile balance of glee and grim.
I adored the characters and how they grew and developed through the story. Both Rory Gallagher and Oaklee Ferguson had had a devastating heartbreak in the past that they still struggled with. As they process the past hurt and its effects on them today, I was in tears as the feelings of betrayal and devastation were tangible.
Rory has a reputation of a player for the past years, but he is a good guy. He is generous, honest, steadfast, and reliable.
Oaklee, the social butterfly, hides her loneliness and the humiliation of the past breakup in her constant smile and cheerfulness. Her home is a mess, so she wouldn't feel the emptiness and solitude of her life. She is kind, always willing to help others, she is smart, capable, and fun, yet she is lonely in her heart.
I loved the role Buster played in the story, how Oakley's life changed, how she changed after the dog walked into the scene and to her foster care. The chemistry and connection Oaklee had with Rory were evident to all to see, the attraction is obvious. But it takes more than an attraction to built something lasting, and that is what the story shows the readers, the building of something more - hope, faith, and trust - before love is possible.
I am still feeling the ripples of the tale, of the heartfelt story so well crafted and told that it found an easy road to my heart. I have never highlighted so much while reading a book, as this story resonated with me on a very deep level, the words and thoughts of the characters so beautifully put together. This is a gem of a tale, going directly to my 2017 favorites file!
~ Five Spoons!
While bestselling author Donna Alward was busy studying Austen, Eliot and Shakespeare, she was also losing herself in the breathtaking stories created by romance novelists like LaVyrle Spencer, Judith McNaught, and Nora Roberts. Several years after completing her degree she decided to write a romance of her own and it was true love! Five years and ten manuscripts later she sold her first book and launched a new career. While her heartwarming stories of love, hope, and homecoming have been translated into several languages, hit bestseller lists and won awards, her very favorite thing is when she hears from happy readers.
Donna lives on Canada’s east coast with her family which includes a husband, a couple of kids, a senior dog and two crazy cats. When she’s not writing she enjoys reading (of course!), knitting, gardening, cooking…and is a Masterpiece Theater addict. You can visit her on the web at www.DonnaAlward.com and join her mailing list at www.DonnaAlward.com/newsletter .
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