Monday, November 7, 2016

Harlequin Blog Tour Book Review: A Child Under His Tree

By New York Times and USA Today bestselling author
Allison Leigh

'Tis the season for second chances…and secrets!

Forget the mistletoe maneuvers. Kelly Rasmussen isn't planning on having that reunion kiss with Dr. Caleb Buchanan any time soon. Things had long ago gone south for these former high school sweethearts. Except for that one night six years ago—which resulted in an explosive secret Kelly's kept till this very day.
Now career and family have brought them both back to Weaver, Wyoming. Their unavoidable clashes—and instant chemistry—make them realize this town isn't big enough for the two of them. Or three of them—counting Kelly's son. Because there's something about that little boy… For one thing, he has Caleb's eyes…

Review:  I'm getting a little tired of books where the heroine hides the birth of a child from the father. I'm not sure why this is such a huge plot point lately. That said, in the case of A Child Under His Tree this tired plot point works really well. I think it has to do with the fact that Dr. Caleb Buchanan isn't an arrogant jerk, he's a good guy.

It is Kelly that really has issues, mostly because her mother, who has recently passed away, was really a lousy parent. I felt sorry for her for most of the book, because of this. Her mom was really a piece of work and it really shaped the woman that she became. In some ways good and others it made her much like her mother.

The character that really surprised me was her son Tyler. I'm glad he was a real character in this book and not just a plot device. He was an adorable kid that you have to love. He was very much the typical 6 year old. I loved how he tried to name Caleb's puppy.

This wasn't a romance as much as it was a relationship story. There wasn't a period of falling in love, because it seems both had never lost their past feelings for each other. 

This was a beautiful sweet romance that you can read easily in one afternoon

Rating: 5 flowers


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