Thursday, February 09, 2006

Brenda Coulter's A Family Forever~Reviewed

A Family Forever
By Brenda Coulter
Published by Steeple Hill
ISBN 0-373-87358-1

When her fiance was killed just three weeks before their wedding, violinist Shelby Franklin's "happily ever after" dreams were shattered. The discovery of her unplanned pregnancy guaranteed those dreams would never be rebuilt.

Tall, husky cyclist Tucker Sharpe promised his dying brother he'd look after Shelby. When he learned there was a baby on the way, a marriage of convenience seemed his only option. But would love for the unborn child be enough to bring them—and keep them—together?

This book is more than a romance story. It delves deep into the psyche of a young woman physically abused as a child. Coulter presents a real and honest look at the fear these victims have of relationships. Shelby finds it difficult to trust and then to allow herself to be loved and to love in return.

Well written, A Family Forever is wonderful story, and Coulter an excellent story-teller. The ok is well paced and a page turner. I'm looking forward to her next book.

Reviewed by Ane Mulligan

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