Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Teaser Tuesday - Safe in His Arms, By: Dana Corbit

Safe in His Arms

From the book cover.

She Wants To Remember. He Wishes He Could Forget.
Lindsay Collins can't remember the accident that injured her and took her sister's life six months ago—but someone can. Trooper Joe Rossetti can't seem to get the images of that night out of his head. Plagued with guilt for not being able to do more to save Lindsay's sister, Joe doesn't want to get close to Lindsay. But when he sees her struggle to relate to the orphaned niece she's now raising, he can't walk away. Lindsay and Joe will have to face their pain and doubts together in order to make a new family bloom.

My Teaser: Page 20

“Miss Collins,” Clara called after her and waited until she looked back at her. “Have you ever considered that you might be better off not remembering every detail of your accident? That knowing might only cause more pain?”

“Yes, I’ve thought about that. I’ve been thinking about that for the past six months.” Lindsay chewed the side of her lower lip and then straightened and nodded. She could do this; she owed it to Delia. She would get this right for her sake. “And I still want to know.”

Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

1.    Grab your current read
2.    Open to a random page
3.    Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
4.    BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (Make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
5.    Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

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Monday, August 15, 2011

A Family of Their Own, By Gail Gaymer Martin

A Family of Their Own is the second book in the Dreams Come True series. I have to say I love series books. It’s so wonderful to catch up a little on the hero and heroine from the previous novels. Gail Gaymer Martin has given us a wonderful follow-up in this second installment.

Kelsey is the mom of a little girl with a history of brain tumors. Now at the point that brain tumors have been gone for a while, Lucy is ready to get on with being a kid and being normal. But is mom ready to move on with her life and overcome her issues with trust?

Ross, on the other hand, has a daughter with cardiomyopathy. Looking at a future with limitations all while going through those trying preteen years, Peyton pulls away from her peers. Ross is at his wit’s end with how to deal with his daughters moods and just wants someone to talk with that understands.

As the novel starts off at the wedding of Lexie and Ethan, we’re re-introduced to Kelsey Rhodes and Ross Salburg. Kelsey as the maid of honor and Ross as the best man. In the first novel we learned that Kelsey is the moderator of MOSK, Mothers of Special Kids, and Ross is the dad who the group voted to not allow in the group. This makes for nervousness from the maid of honor on a normally joyous occasion.

Once Kelsey has a chance to hear more of Ross’s situation and feelings, she realizes that maybe the group was wrong in their decision. Maybe a man would be okay in this group of caring moms. And after spending some time with Ross, she realizes she may be ready to move past the betrayal of her ex-husband.

Kelsey and Ross have traveled a long road with their daughters’. They understand each other like no one else can. And even though there is a lot of discouragement from outside sources, they find the way to love.

Following along with them on their journey, I found myself completely pulled into their heartache and joys. I celebrated at the good news and grieved at the bad news. Their struggles spoke to me and I felt as if I knew them.

Gail has created another sweet story around such a sensitive issue and has worked wonders. It has opened my eyes even more to the struggles of single parents and parents of children with life-threatening illnesses. I can’t wait until the final installment of the series. I expect another heart-tugging tale and I hope to find out who this mysterious donor is.