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Adopted: Outback Baby Mass Market Paperback – July 1, 2008
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Barbara Hannay lives in North Queensland where she and her writer husband have raised four children. Barbara loves life in the north where the dangers of cyclones, crocodiles and sea stingers are offset by a relaxed lifestyle, glorious winters, World Heritage rainforests and the Great Barrier Reef. Besides writing, Barbara enjoys reading, gardening and planning extensions to accommodate her friends and her extended family.
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And baby makes three...
Nell Ruthven thought she'd missed her chance to be a mom when, at age nineteen, she was forced to give up her baby for adoption. Now Nell's discovered she has a tiny grandson in need of care. And her teenage sweetheart, cattleman Jacob Tucker, is in town....
At thirty--nine, this couple never thought they'd be parents, let alone grandparents! They never even thought they'd see each other again. But taking care of baby Sam gives them a second chance--maybe even a second chance to fall in love....
This is a sweet second-chance romance.
First time around, the H/h were separated by heroine's wealth & snobbish family as well as hero's relative poverty but mostly they were just too young and immature to deal with life's challenges. That's not to say they were shallow and superficial young adult characters. In fact, deep genuine emotions ran between them which made their separation so full of angst. Bottomline was that young hero was fired by heroine's Dad and I think threatened with prosecution. Young heroine later found out she was pregnant, was sent to a single mother's home for childbirth and then tricked into signing baby away for adoption.
Second time around, H/h met at their grown daughter's funeral. Neither of them had ever met her. Hero is devastated because he had recently received letter from said daughter who'd tracked him down but she died in a car crash before they could meet. Ther heroine, however, had been in correspondence with daughter since her childhood.
Post funeral, the deceased's adoptive and birth parents have a serious meeting. It turns out that history has slightly repeated itself. The H/'s young unmarried child had an infant, father unknown. The adoptive parents' were in a child care dilemma due to the adoptive Dad's having a slow debilitating illness. Would the H/h be willing to look after their grandson?
Thus, the story's title: Adopted, Outback Baby.
It seems like life is giving Nell & Jacob another shot. Can they stay together and remain happy this time around? It's not an easy go. Nell has one failed childless marriage behind her. Jacob had never married but with one secret/surprise after another being revealed about their unfinished past, he is not likely to just hand Nell his heart and trust easily, is he? And what about their baby grandson? Nell and Jacob already love the tyke. But they have promised themselves they won't do to the unknown father what's been done to them. They will track him down and give him the option of caring for his own child, if that is what he wishes.
I really loved this story. The characters have convincing substance, unlike the ditzy insignificant characters imbued with unrealistic wealth and glamour often found in Mills & Boon these days. Between most of Barbara Hannay's Hs/hs. there is a genuiness of feeling instead of mere sickly sentimentality spiced by drooling lust common in many contemporary authors.
Barbara Hannay is a secret M&B gem of a writer. Her writing and characters have that oomph! which sets her apart from her many Harlequin contemporaries. She can skilfullly and interestingly portray emotional intelligence in her characters. I buy her books fron HQN Online but the older ones not available as ebooks I have to track down from Amazon used marketplace. Bit of a hassle but worth it. I intend to review her other books as this author is really a breath of fresh air!