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Direct Deposit Paperback – January 19, 2015
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Maddie Prescott didn't exactly have a biological clock ticking down but wanted a child. She and Alex had never managed to find time to be parents, thinking that as they were still young, they had time. Then Alex had been diagnosed with cancer and was gone before they could be parents. Now Maddie wanted a child and was planning to use an anonymous sperm donor from a clinic when Jack made his offer to volunteer his services to help Maddie achieve her goal of becoming a mother.
Ms. Baxter has shown great skill in taking the usual cliche-ridden plot and making it entertaining. The story does not run smoothly; the characters, Jack and Maddie, have childhood demons which haunt them. They take one step forward, then maybe a step sideways as they try and navigate a situation they never envisaged for themselves. Ms. Baxter has created characters you want to make your friends. They are real and funny and you find yourself pulling for them to find their way to a happy ending.
I have been a fan of Ms. Baxter since I read her first novella "Tea For Two." Her second book, "Better As A Memory" showed she is able to handle relationships with insight as well as humor and this book, "Direct Deposit" is her best yet. If you want a book to read which will make you laugh ("Jami-with-an-i told me you'd be here") or satisfy that craving for a good old fashioned love story, this is the one for you.
Set in Atlanta, Georgia this contemporary romance scores in my book. The main characters, Jack & Maddie are perfect for each other, and watching them navigate through their story lifted my heart.
Child Advocate attorney Maddie has made her mind up it’s time to have a baby. Jack wants to honor a promise he made to her deceased husband to take care of her. What they both find along the way is the promise of a romance destined to last a lifetime. Watching them deal with each of their own past mistakes, and haunted childhoods, provides plenty of conflict.
Baxter wove together the threads of a tale full of hope, and real-life conundrums. Her secondary characters took on lives of their own, and I especially loved Millie, the stern but motherly office manager who keeps Jack Worth on-track. I enjoyed reading how Jack and Maddie kept getting in their own way, how they learned to love each other, and how they forged through to find their heart’s desire.
The epilogue was worth the price of admission.
Direct Deposit is a winner. I’m looking forward to reading more from Marilyn Baxter.
So, yes. This was my first Marilyn Baxter. And, no. It will not be my last. My proverbial, and literary, cherry has been popped for all things Ms. Baxter. What a sweet ride that was! Great, no superb, storyline! Seriously, I've read the whole 'let-me-be-your-sperm-donor and I promise no strings' all before. And I've also read the 'I-think-I've-fallen-for-my-deceased-husband's-best-friend'. And don't get me wrong, I really do love those books! But, this was different. In a good way!
Maddie Prescott lost her husband a year ago to lymphoma. And she missed him, of course, bit she keeps playing one on their last conversations on repeat.
"I missed it, Maddie. Kids, car pools, little league, AARP. All of it. I thought I could have it all. That we could have it all. Guess I was wrong. Don't make the same mistake."
She's 33. Worried that Alex, her deceased husband, was her once in a lifetime love. As a family law attorney, she had means to take matters in her own hands. To seek artificial insemination. Her plans become thwarted when Jack Worth, Alex's best friend and business partner, found the brochure to the fertility clinic. This is a red flag for Jack because he also kept putting some of Alex's last words to him on repeat.
"He made me promise I'd look after you.
And that I'd protect you."
Maddie and Jack have known each other for years. But they don't really 'know' each other. And get your mind from the gutter people - not that sort of know! But they find this rhythm from Jack checking in on Maddie and it's a very uncomfortable one. Our it serves that way to me. The awkwardness of it all. Talking about the weather and the business that is now 100% Jack's. I knew from the blurb that he was going to offer to be her donor. But when he does, magic! Reading those moments between the two of them... it was great! His jokery (if that even a word!) and her constant need for lists and order.
"I made a list of all the reasons it was a good idea to let you be the donor and a list of all the reasons it was a bad - "
"And after you made your list and checked it twice, you decided I was naughty and not nice?"
I immediately felt - even in the awkward stage - that they were two sides of the same coin. Being the book was in third person POV, it was easy to translate what they were each thinking. Where they each were with the complicated situation.
There was more than sexual tension, hot sex, and flirty banter. This book delves into the childhood and adolescent years of Jack and Maddie. Each had their own 'demons' to overcome. I felt a bit of emotional trauma from Maddie at times. As well as some really thankful moments from Jack to Alex.
The epilogue was fantastic!! Round of applause for to the author! Great writing and even better character development! I loved, equally, Jack/Maddie and Millie and Tess! They were amazing supporting characters! I'm excited I've found another super author!
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