Waiting for a Miracle
by Jennifer Wilck
GENRE: Contemporary romance (holiday)
Benjamin Cohen, a widowed father of six-year-old Jessie, is doing his best to hold it together through order and routine. The last thing he needs is his matchmaker mother to set him up with her next-door neighbor, no matter how attractive she is.
Rachel Schaecter’s dream of becoming a foster mother is right within her grasp until her meddlesome neighbor tries to set her up with her handsome son. What’s worse? He’s the father of her favorite kindergarten student! She can’t afford to let anything come between her and her dream, no matter how gorgeous he may be.
Can these two determined people trust in the miracle of Hanukkah to let love and light into their lives?
“Can I come in?”
She stiffened. She was going to turn him down. But then, she stepped away from her doorway and motioned him inside.
He stepped over the threshold. “I thought I heard you!” His mother’s voice over his shoulder made him turn. His stomach dropped. Just what he didn’t need. She peeked out of her doorway. “I thought I heard your footsteps on the stairs, but when you didn’t come to my door, I figured I was mistaken,” she said, walking into the hallway. “And then I thought I heard your voice, and I was right.”
He clenched and unclenched his jaw. “Hi, Mom. I’m here to see Rachel.” God, it was like high school all over again.
His mother’s face brightened. “I see. Where’s Jessie?”
“She’s at a friend’s house for a play date.”
“So you’re having your own?” His mother’s raised eyebrow set his teeth on edge. She’d never been this excited, or sarcastic, about his dates back when he lived at home. Not even with Lauren. Guess this was her idea of progress. In his opinion, it needed work, preferably back in her own apartment.
“We’re going for a walk,” he said.
“We are?” Rachel asked.
He turned toward her. “Please?” The last thing he needed was a witness. Especially when the witness was his mother.
Her brown-eyed gaze shifted between him and his mother. “That’s right, Harriet, a walk. It’s a gorgeous day.”
The sleet and cold were miserable, but he wanted to kiss her for going along with him. Not in front of his mother, though. And certainly not until he settled what happened between them.
“You two have fun,” she said, her voice filled with glee. He clenched his fist so tight, it was a miracle his hand didn’t shatter.
This is exactly what I needed to read after the holidays. It’s sweet, relatable and it features a holiday that doesn’t get a lot of stories published. But I digress. Thank you Ms. Wilck and The Wild Rose Press for publishing it. Plus, our heroine is a teacher, which I totally relate to. And our hero, sorry to say, is a bit of grump. Look I get the whole I’m just trying to keep it together but he really needed to lighten up some. Heck, even his mother knew it. LOL!
This is a shorter book but it still packs a punch. I felt every emotion that Rachel and Ben had in the book. From anger to loss, to that first kiss. This is a sweet romance but I can still sense that what Rachel and Ben had was hot in spades. Ms. Wilck does a great job of building it up and then letting me figure it out in my mind long after the book is done. Some authors don’t do that but she does. Bravo. Jessie, Ben’s daughter, is an outright character, too. She’s not overly cute but does seem to push her dad into Rachel at just the right moments and then makes him see reason when he makes a mistake.
Overall, I loved it. I’ve read Ms. Wilck before so I knew her writing style and I love it. Fluid, sweet, emotional, funny and relatable. If you have never read her, please do. You won’t be sorry. And no, I didn’t think that Harriet was meddlesome. I found her hilarious. Ben just didn’t want to listen to his own mother sometimes. Like most sons do.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Jennifer started telling herself stories as a little girl when she couldn’t fall asleep at night. Pretty soon, her head was filled with these stories and the characters that populated them. Even as an adult, she thinks about the characters and stories at night before she falls asleep or walking the dog. Eventually, she started writing them down. Her favorite stories to write are those with smart, sassy, independent heroines; handsome, strong and slightly vulnerable heroes; and her stories always end happily ever after.
In the real world, she’s the mother of two amazing daughters and wife of one of the smartest men she knows. She believes humor is the only way to get through the day and does not believe in sharing her chocolate.
She writes contemporary romance, some of which are mainstream and some of which involve Jewish characters. She’s published with The Wild Rose Press and all her books are available through Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
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