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From a young age, Lily has nurtured the lost and now, in her early twenties, nothing has changed. Short of money but not able to ask her overbearing, rich parents for help, she works as night manager on the assembly line at her father's factory packing cereal boxes, to pay the rent and feed the young girls she has taken in off the street. Her main ambition - apart from finding a larger place to live - is to finish her degree and get a better job. She is guardian to two of the younger girls, but the authorities do not know about the other four!
Jameson Perez, a counsellor for a Teen Centre, encourages her to do a course which will enable her to become an official foster carer, which brings her into contact with people who can help.
This is a contemporary romance WITHOUT - thank goodness - endless intimate explicit sex scenes!! I thoroughly enjoyed how Lily and Jameson interact and immediately bought and started reading the next in the series.
Congratulations, Ms Branton!
That said, I enjoyed it the first time around, but it's not one I'd pick up again. I think the issue is that the book wasn't much of a drama or a romance. The romance is mostly insta-love with only one minor hiccup that is resolved quickly. I do love the hero and heroine, but the romance wasn't the focus of the story. But the drama side of it wasn't super dramatic, either. The abused girls and runaways weren't really struggling emotionally, and all their issues were resolved fairly easily.
Thinking about it now, it really reminds me of an after school special. Something on a juvenile / middle grade emotional level, but written for adults. Not that I'm saying that the world needs to be falling apart for the story to be good, just that it has some deep subject matter that was treated in a very glossed over manner. So, if you're interested in a book that's on that level, this is a good fit for you. It was entertaining, just a little too fluffy for the subject matter.
This book addresses serious issues of child physical and sexual abuse and how hard it often is to both protect the children and abide by current laws. It is done in a sensitive (but at times, somewhat unrealistic) way.
Although though the books in this series are connected, each book is a stand-alone with no cliffhangers. There are also no sexual situations to offend any readers.
That said, it’s a sweet story between two young people trying to make a difference for hurting children, and I looked forward to picking it up again every time I had to put it down.