When a Lost Child warning blares over the mall's PA system, Carly Mason finds the little girl playing with a stuffed rabbit. Something about Penny Tremaine is different. An ex-social worker, Carly recognizes that the child suffers fetal alcohol effects, and a piece of Carly's past suddenly confronts her. Never again will she become personally involved with a client. The risks are far too great. But something about Penny--and Penny's handsome father--tugs at Carly's heart.
Dr. Ryan Tremaine is trying to put his life back together. With his ex-wife remarried and on a trip far away, his two teenage sons and Penny are living under his roof full time. Ryan has put his faith in his Sink-or-Swim list, a plan to reconnect with his children. The first step: recruit Carly Mason to be Penny's nanny.
Ryan never anticipated being so drawn to Carly, an attraction Carly seems to fight as much as he does. Could Carly be the missing piece that helps his family stay afloat, or will their blossoming romance only complicate things further?
Known for her realistic and engaging characters, Victoria Bylin delivers an emotion-packed story reminiscent of The Sound of Music, one that reminds us all to believe in the power of faith and love.
From their first scene together, Carly and Ryan are perfect together, even when they're butting heads. Both of them are flawed and hurting, but their characters came alive to me as a reader, springing to life off of the page. Their love story is sweet, genuine, and authentic, growing slowly but surely.
Before reading this book, I was not aware of Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, but I feel like I learned quite a bit about it during my reading.
5 stars for a sweet, thought-provoking romance.
(I received an e-copy of this book from Netgalley and the publishers in exchange for an honest review, which I have given.)