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Father to Be

Father to Be
Author: Marilyn Pappano
ISBN 13: 9780553579857
ISBN 10: 553579851
Edition: N/A
Publisher: Bantam
Publication Date: 1999-10-01
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 384
List Price: $6.99

Four miracles and a bachelor add up to...one family.

J.D. Grayson agrees that the Brown kids, abandoned by their parents, deserve a loving home. He's just not sure that one man is parent enough for four young children—not if he is that one man. But a persuasive—and mysterious—young woman insists he's exactly what the children need. Now he has to convince twelve-year-old Caleb, fierce guardian of his younger brothers and sister—and then pass muster with Kelsey Malone, Bethlehem's newly arrived social worker.

With one good deed, J.D. finds his life turned upside down. The kids barely talk to him and they won't eat his home-cooked meals. Then he finds himself looking forward to Kelsey's home visits too much. Her buttoned-down suit and tough-as-nails professionalism can't hide the vulnerable woman inside. But haunted by the shattered life he left behind, J.D. doesn't want to risk loving again.

It'll take a miracle to make a family of them all...but as one enigmatic young woman knows, Bethlehem has no small supply of miracles.

Publishers Weekly

Pappano's newest contemporary romance (after Some Enchanted Season) is a story of redemption and love found in the small town of Bethlehem, N.Y. On impulse, lonely psychiatrist J.D. Grayson takes on the Herculean task of fostering four abandoned preteen children. Social worker Kelsey Malone, new to Bethlehem, is assigned the case to decide whether the arrangement will work. The new father soon realizes that he's in over his head, juggling work responsibilities with raising kids who won't speak to him; he also finds himself taking a most unprofessional interest in the enigmatic and very professional Kelsey. While many romances use children to decorate the story or interfere with the budding love story, Pappano succeeds in creating fully realized characters. An otherwise strong work of fiction, however, suffers from a resolution that feels rushed and is therefore less than credible. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.