A BABY ON THE WAY—AND ON HIS DOORSTEP
When an infant shows up on Nick Slater's desk with a note, this case has the detective stumped. At which point beautiful Georgia Hurley shows up in his office as well, with an explanation for why she dumped him—and sporting a baby bump that dates back to their one night together four months prior…
Georgia knows she turned on Nick for his own good…but will Detective Daddy believe her? She offers to help care for his "temporary" baby for one week—surely the mother will turn up by then. But when the seven days are up, will they part ways and go back to their separate corners? Or will they find that a week of living as husband and wife, mommy and daddy, just made them hungry for the real thing?
This story really moved me, the way the past abuse has molded Nick's mind and attitude, and how he grows through the story, to see himself more as others around see him.
The story has a lovely small town feel to it, with caring and nurturing neighbors and families, that pull together at the moment of crisis.
Timmy is one special little boy, that teaches every adult around him something about life. The mystery of his mother, and who left him at the police station, gives another dimension into the sweet story.
Nick has more than just Timmy in his hands, there's also his sister Avery, and Quentin, the their future.
As Nick is trying to fix life for everyone else, and keeps telling Georgia he will be there for his child, he learns more about himself, he opens his eyes to see himself as an adult man, not his father's son, and he learns that he definitely is not his father. The attraction between them isn't something they can put aside, while taking care of Timmy, and trying to figure out their own future.
I admired Georgia's spunk, her willingness to stand for what she wanted, and work for, to get the future she desired.
There's so much emotion and turmoil in Nick's life, and everyone's around him. The life lessons are constant, and the importance of learning from our past, and letting it go, instead of letting it control our future is so clear in the message of the story. From the confusion and furor, the pain and shame of the past, is it possible to overcome all the turmoil, and built a new life, with love, happiness and joy of being a family?
~ Four Spoons with a teaspoon on the side