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A Daughter for Christmas (Helping Hands Homeschooling, Book 3) Mass Market Paperback – November 1, 2010
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Dr. Max Connors had no idea he'd fathered a child thirteen years ago. Or that his baby girl had been given up for adoption. He locates his daughter in a small Oklahoma town and moves there, hoping to become a part of her life. But when he meets her widowed mother, Max is unsure how to reveal his identity. As he helps Rachel Howard with her plans to homeschool the girl, he's welcomed into the family. But with the holidays approaching, Max must tell Rachel who he really is. Can he make his dreams of family come true by Christmas?
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A sleigh-load of issues, but don't worry. Daley doesn't dump them in your brain and leave you feeling overwhelmed. This is one believeable, fascinating plot!
Max Connors is the new doctor in small-town Tallgrass, Oklahoma, joining a spot in a medical practice vacated when the husband of Rachel Howard died. Despite a supportive family, Rachel struggles to raise two rambunctious boys and Taylor, her adopted teenaged daughter caught in the high school wasteland of bullies, learning disabilities, and self-esteem struggles.
When Dr. Connors moves into the neighborhood, the Howards delight to show hospitality and gratitude to the man filling a void in the community's medical services. But Dr. Connors has an ulterior motive--to establish a relationship with Taylor, the daughter he'd never gotten to know.
I LOVED Margaret's ability to take a fascinating plot and make it believable by gradually growing the relationship between Taylor and Max, between Max and Rachel. Folks, we've got a romance that has you longing for moments under the mistletoe. Combine that with the gritty issues that lend teachable moments to the book, and you've got a Christmas present that'll have readers going, "Aha!"
"A Daughter for Christmas" will delight any lover of Steeple Hill inspirationals and page-turning romances. However, if your loved ones or friends struggle with "to home school or no," or raising children with disabilities, click "BUY" now! You won't be sorry!
The Woman: Rachel Howard is widowed, has an adopted 13 year old daughter and four year old twin boys. Her husband died suddenly of a heart attack 2 1/2 years ago. Since then, her daughter has struggled because she loved her father so very much. She meets the new doctor and immediately falls for him. But he's hiding a secret - one that just may keep either of them from having a romantic relationship!
Other people in this story: well, there's of course Jordan, the thirteen year old daughter, whom this story is really about. Then there's Rachel's Mom who just may be falling in love with the other doctor of Tallgrass. The grandma is of course dating Dr. Connors' new neighbor. We may be hearing wedding bells soon! Then there's the twin boys who are best friends one moment and enemies the next! Oh, and we cannot forget Rachel's sister (who's story was in the previous book) and her new husband, Zachary. All these people make the book even more exciting!
Issues: Divorce; lies; ADHD; Adoption; Death; Senior citizen dating; Forgveness. These are just some of the issues!
Negative elements: There are none that I could see. There is one kiss (there's more but one im particular stood out) that took place on a blanket in front of a roaring fire that could be construde as more sensual then emotional but I loved it personally...There is no drinking, drugs, cussing, or sex in this entire book. The only negative element I really saw was Max's "conversion." It seemed it never really happened.
Spiritual elements: It's pretty light in this book. Rachel does a lot of praying for her daughter and the sudden situation she finds herself in. Jordan lets her Max and Rachel know that she leans heavily on God. Max goes to the preacher for assistance with forgiving his ex-wife.
Conclusion: This is just one of those feel good books that leaves you hoping they get together at the end. The major, emotionsl part of the story focuses on Max and Jordan - and Max and Rachel - I'm very satisfied with the ending of this story.