Since this book was based in Australia, I expected it to be a bit different. Boy was I wrong! The culture in this book was no different than that in Australia. The word "Mate" was used a few times, and Mum or Mummy was used for Mom. Other than that, you would think you were reading a book with a setting in the United States. I guess I just didn't expect the two countries to be THAT similar...And since the author is from Australia, I have to believe it is true...
This book focuses on Jared Campbell, who's sister and brother-in-law died in a car accident. They had adopted one child (Toby), and were in the process of adopting two older children, who they'd had longer than Toby who was only about 18 months old, I'm guessing...The social worker told him that his chances to adopt would be better if he were married.
His best friend was the uncle of a girl he used to know, and a close friend of the family. Her name was Annie. She's had a very rough life, having a mother who hated her. That's one reason why when she found herself pregnant and unmarried with no support, she did what she thought was best and asked her old friend to adopt him. Her friend was Jared's sister and the child's name is Toby!
They agree to marry so they can raise the children together and solidify the adoption. Because of Jared's past with his own mother's abandonment, they went into the marriage without Annie telling him about Toby.
This book is not just about fornication and how it can tear up a family, but it's also about adoption and a mother's love. I thought this was a sweet book! Being a mother who had a child out of wedlock myself, I admire the author for not allowing a judgmental attitude to be written into this story. As a Christian, we don't need to be reminded of our past sins. I can also say that it would take a woman stronger than me to give up her child to a better home. When faced with this, I said NO. I would have kept my baby no matter what. I see now that sometimes, that may not be the best decision.
This was such a wonderful book! I loved how the subject of intimacy played into this story. A secular book would have probably had sexual content without batting an eye, but in this story the author understood that real, true intimacy has to come through the love one has in the heart or it's meaningless! I also appreciate that the first night they spent in the same bed together did not involve sex. How refreshing this story was!
The romance was awesome. The interplay between Annie and Caroline was wonderful! A very good book.