A Family for Christmas
(Where Secrets Are Safe #13)
by Tara Taylor Quinn
Adult Contemporary Romance
Mass Market Paperback & ebook, 384 pages
November 1st 2017 by Harlequin Superromance
A second chance for Joy
While recovering at a remote cabin, Dr. Simon Walsh stumbles across Cara Amos. Injured and left for dead, Cara is harboring dark secrets. Yet Simon can’t help falling for his mysterious patient. As her memory returns and her injuries fade under his gentle care, he vows to help her find her missing daughter.
At The Lemonade Stand shelter, managing director Lila McDaniels is helping Cara’s estranged father, Edward Mantle, bond with his traumatized granddaughter, Joy. And his feelings extend well beyond gratitude.
Bringing this family together seems impossible… Luckily, Christmas is the season of miracles.
Yes, this is me right now. So many emotions but these tears are both sad and good. Good because if this is the last book in the series, it will end just perfectly. The sad tears are because the series is ending. If you didn’t know, the Superromance line will cease to exist late next year. I have been privileged to read all the books in the series and many other books over the decades in this wonderful line and it just makes me sad to see it go.
The reason why this book is pure perfection is the way Ms. Quinn wrapped up all the loose threads that we didn’t know where there. Lila has always been in the books but to FINALLY get her story is both heartbreaking, beautiful and romantic. I loved how her relationship with Cara’s dad, Edward, carried on from the last book. If there were two people that needed to be friends, it was these two. Sad backstories but when they weren’t looking love, love snuck up on them. Ms. Quinn does an excellent job of showing how an older couple act together and in the end, watching Edward finally butting in Lila’s personal business in the end. Honestly, how Brett figures into the whole Lila/Edward relationship…SHOCKED ME!!! Once I got over the shock, it totally made sense. Highly emotional scenes with Lila and Brett but it is totally worth it. I had tears…tears. And more than satisfying. Bravo Ms. Quinn.
Cara and Simon are dealing with much more than just emotional issues. Cara is a secondary character in the last book but I just had a feeling that her story would be a doozy and I was right. At the end of the last book, I knew that something wasn’t quite right and I couldn’t wait to see how the Cara/Joy/Shawn/Mary/Edward storyline would play out. It is emotional, raw and deals with some definite domestic violence issues that will make you squirm. I loved how in the end of the book Simon tells her that she never wanted to die. Cara had her mother with her the whole time and just that realization had Cara believing that he was right…all along. The scenes were Cara/Joy/Edward are finally reunited are brilliant. While in the cabin with Simon, Cara finally comes to terms with everything that has happened over the last 12 years with her mom, her dad, Shawn and eventually Simon.
I loved Simon. Patient and kind but also realizing that he just couldn’t let Cara do everything by herself. He had to teach her that by herself, she is strong but with him on her side, there was nothing that she couldn’t do or deal with. *swoon* Plus, he had his own demons to deal with and Cara never let him down. *sigh* Never had two characters in the whole series deserved the happiness that they needed.
Again, I’m so very sad if this is the last book in the series. I’ve come to love The Lemonade Stand and everything that it stands for. Ms. Quinn has written that rare series that is relevant, relatable, emotional, swoon-worthy, at times raw but in the end of so satisfying. *sniffs*
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