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Forever a Father (The Delaneys of Sandpiper Beach) Mass Market Paperback – February 20, 2018
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I'm so happy to share mytwenty-fifth Harlequin book, Forever aFather, the launch book for The Delaneys of Sandpiper Beach trilogy. Inbook one, I introduce Daniel Delaney, the eldest brother, and Keela O'Mara, ayoung lady from Ireland who works for him. The more I got to know Daniel andKeela, the more I rooted for them and their happily-ever-after. If any coupledeserved it, they did, but both had been disillusioned by love and have theemotional scars to prove it.
As Keela's boss, Daniel is aware hewalks a fine line if he lets his attraction to his employee get out of hand.He's starting a new business, and he needs her expertise to keep things runningsmoothly. That should be all. Enter Keela's four-year-old daughter, Anna, andDaniel's eighty-five-year-old grandfather, Padraig, and things really getcomplicated. With the beautiful Sandpiper Beach as a backdrop, and a predictionfrom a fortune cookie, Daniel and Keela begin to tiptoe toward the L word, and in so doing, help eachother conquer their heartache.
Now settle in and meet the family:Padraig, Maureen (Mom), Sean (Dad) and brothers Daniel, Mark and Conor. TheDelaneys may run the third-best hotel in Sandpiper Beach, but where family,love and loyalty are concerned, they're hands-down number one.
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Text Copyright © 2018 by Lynne Marshall HARLEQUIN®SPECIALEDITION
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Keela has returned to Sandpiper Beach to start life over again after a pain-filled divorce. The light of her life is her five year old daughter, Anna. Too bad that the father is a total idiot who was abusive to Keela in emotional ways… and still pulls his bullying and non-show up dad routine to this day. She’s not looking for love again as her trust in anything male has been badly beaten down by her ex-husband’s continued actions. She’s content to live near the ocean, her job at Daniel’s clinic and having her daughter close by to love. Funny thing is, love seems to show up when we least expect it… and with the most unlikely people.
Forever A Father is a deeply emotional romance between two people who have been hurt so badly that taking the risk on loving again seems to much to ask. Without giving away spoilers, I understood Daniel’s stand. His pain is one that you never really recover from, but learn to live with. Keela’s reactions to Daniel are as natural as rain, yet she also carries baggage that makes giving her trust again a very difficult decision. I understood, and hurt as well as got mad for them both. Their former partners really did a number on them each and getting beyond that is going to take time, patience and understanding. But if you don’t know exactly why someone is holding back it’s difficult to offer those things. Little Anna is the sunlight in this romance. At times she’s so delightfully innocent that it hurts. Slowly she’ll steal Daniel’s heart – she already stole mine.
With a delightful group of secondary characters, some who will have the spotlight shining on them in future stories, Forever A Father becomes a steady, emotional, and entertaining look into the lives of this family. I loved and ached for Daniel and Keela, watching their journey to finding an everlasting kind of love was painful at times, always emotional. If you’re in the mood for a really good romance that will tug at your heartstrings, entertain you for a while and have you looking forward for the next story in this series… then I’d strongly suggest you get started on the Delaneys of Sandpiper Beach series with Forever A Father. You’ll fall in love, and believe in second chances.
I own a Kindle edition of this story.
Keela is a lovely Irish lass who came to America to marry the father of her daughter. But the man she married wasn't what she thought he was and his betrayal cut deep. Now she works for Daniel as a physical therapist and raises her daughter on her own.
I enjoyed the development of Daniel and Keela's relationship. It started as a purely professional one, with Keela handling everything in the office easily, including Daniel's sometimes grouchy moods. They have also noticed each other in a more personal way, but their pasts discourage them from pursuing it. Then one day Keela needs Daniel to watch her daughter for a while. I ached for Daniel as he panicked over his ability to do so, and the paralyzing grief that swamped him. I loved how Anna's sweetness pulled him out of it and started him on the road to living again. Keela can't help but notice how good Daniel is with Anna, which warms her heart toward him. There are some terrific scenes involving Daniel and Anna. It isn't long before the sparks between Daniel and Keela flare hotter. I enjoyed seeing them get to know each other outside of work, but each of them was holding back a bit, worried about being hurt again.
I got a little frustrated with Daniel's frequent flip-flops on their relationship. Things would be going well, then something would happen to ruffle his memories and he would pull back. This was hard on Keela, whose husband had pulled back from their relationship after their daughter was born. I ached for them both as they let their fears come between them. I liked seeing Daniel take a good hard look at himself and his future and realize what was really important. The ending was great as both of them take their courage in hand and face their vulnerabilities together.