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“No one is promised a normal family, dear, and we all grow up anyhow.”
This is a story of being lost and found in love and in faith. Teresa Cooper remakes herself from abuse victim to "nanny" of four small kids as well as a young father who also needs a bit of a nanny. Ben Taylor was widowed at 24 because of a drunk driver. As the only child adopted by a loving couple, he is beginning to build a life as an adult and not finding it easy struggling with school, work and his kids.He gets discouraged as he finds his biological mother's family traumatized by the secret of his birth, and part of his road to maturity is finding some more pieces of his puzzle with the journey to his biological father: an artist in the rural area of Michigan who had no idea he existed!
And then Ben stumbles upon a situation at work that might actually take all of this away.
Set in Northern Illinois and the Upper end of Michigan, Swanson has developed a story that we will relate to as much as it might confound us. Can someone be manipulated as Ben was? Can he ever have peace around his losses? Will he be a good father? Will Teresa come out of hiding? How will this truly blended family save each other?
I loved this funny, smart and thoughtful book. I liked how faith, or lack of it, is just a part of the story in a world that might discourage that. I live how each child has a separate personality and how Teresa, and later Jonah, recognize it since they interact more closely with them. And, although you are supposed to not like the "bad guys", even they are well drawn.
When I finished this book very early this morning,I realized I will miss these people....and am eagerly awaiting Swanson's next book. Highly recommended.
Teresa is my favorite character! She has a great testimony and shares it. This is my favorite quote, "I don't want my testimony to be all about what God saved me from. I want a testimony of what He has done in me since then. What He saved me to. Does that make sense? I'm saved, and that's all I need,but it's just the beginning of what He is doing in me." ~Teresa Cooper
Baggage Claim is a good Christian story that is exciting, adventurous, and romantic and I highly recommend getting your copy ASAP!
Ben Taylor is a dad to four lively children. Teresa Cooper, the Nanny, works hard to make sure they are respectable children and to keep everything running smoothly. Teresa is a Superwoman of sorts. She keeps Ben Taylor's life together. This book has some mystery and suspense. There is also some romance/relationship building. If you enjoy heavy romance novels - this probably won't be the best choice for you. I think Swanson does a good job to keep the romance light. There is enough for it to be an enjoyable development without being too much.
There is suspense throughout the story. Ben Taylor is a young physical therapy assistant. He is also in school working to become a physical therapist. Ben unknowingly gets tied up in insurance fraud. Ben's safety and the safety of his family are threatened. Thankfully he has his Nanny Teresa is there to help keep his kids safe during the investigation.
This book is a christian living novel. It is not a heavy, preachy kind of christian book. It really is more of a subtle message. You see more about how a christian lives their life and how they can show God's love by their way of life, not their words or "preaching".
The book comes to an end with enough closure for this initial storyline to be resolved. BUT, there is definitely enough open there that the author can easily continue the characters' stories. (I really hope she does!!)
I did receive a complimentary copy of this book. I was in no way required to leave a favorable review. My opinions are my own. I think you should definitely check this out!
The other plot line revolves around Teresa, a woman who escaped from her abusing husband and is now a nanny. Ben has hired her and she turns out to be a great nanny.
Much of the novel is about Ben's job. He is an assistant physical therapist and we readers tag along with his appointments. We also get to experience some of the home life of Ben and the kids and the very capable nanny Teresa.
There is a little bit of suspense as Ben fears for his family's welfare while the insurance scam is being investigated. There is also a little bit of romance, but not much. Ben seemed to be a little naive while Teresa is a savvy woman. Ben's kids are the real show stoppers, however. Their characters are well crafted and fun.
I felt the novel was a bit long for the intertwined plots. The relationship focus of Teresa changes in the latter part of the novel as does the plot focus. That was a bit of a surprise after so much of the first part of the novel having been focused on Ben. The Christian message included was well done.
I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review.
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