After his marriage ended, Gage Frasier vowed he'd never remarry or have children - but now he's guardian of an orphaned baby boy. Thankfully, his friend's sweet sister, Emma Wilder, offers to nanny while Gage seeks a more suitable family for the child. But soon Gage finds himself bonding with his new son...and with Emma. Parenthood surprised Gage, but will love sneak up on him, too?
Genre: Christian Contemporary
Publisher: Love Inspired
Goodreads Rating: 4.79 Stars
Why I Chose This Book
Jill reached out to ask me if I would like to review the second book in her series. I absolutely adored the first book in the series so of course I said yes!
First Initial Thoughts
Gage is a young worker on the ranch. His good friend Zieke passed away unexpectedly and left his son Hudson in his care. Emma is another resident of the ranch and knows Gage as a friend. At first Gage is reluctant in taking care of Hudson. He doesn’t want to have children, he feels that he could not provide Hudson with a good life. Emma then tries to persuade Gage to try it out, secretly hoping that Gage will change his mind.
Emma, I liked her but she kind of got on my nerves a little. She was sweet, don’t get me wrong. She just seemed a little too perfect. I think there should have been a little more hesitation at first. As a person who doesn’t have children; even with motherly instincts, I don’t know everything under the sun on taking care of a baby. It felt like she knew exactly what to do - even though she herself didn’t have children. So I would have liked to see a little bit of a flaw at first.
It was nice to return to the Colorado ranch in this series. Jill reminds me how peaceful and beautiful Colorado is. I have been to Colorado before and it’s a beautiful state! I also chuckled when she mentioned how much the weather shifts out west. One day it’s below freezing and the next day it’s 50 degrees!
Even though this is a series I don’t think you have to read the first one to understand this one. The author catches you up on what happened to the main characters from the previous book. Speaking of the main characters, Cate and Luc. It was nice to catch up with them. I also appreciated that even though they were included in this book, Jill didn’t put too much focus on them. It helped the reader focus on Gage and his story.
The only thing that bugged me just a tad was that Emma seemed a little too obvious. She really liked Gage and she didn’t hide it. Gage at first wasn’t sure if he liked Emma. While I am all for sharing your feelings, there is a point it’s too much. However, what I did appreciate from Emma is that she was always there for Gage. She helped him learn how to take care of a baby, and most important of all, be a father. Gage had no idea what he was doing, so it was nice to have someone there for him at that difficult time.
Gage I think grew the most. He was really holding himself accountable for his failed marriage when it really wasn’t his fault. That marriage really tore him up emotionally. He needed to heal and learn that what his ex-wife did was not his fault. I think people who go through adultery and divorce, they need to take time to heal and learn to forgive. Emma really helped him see that there are good people, and there is a chance for happiness. He needed that. Gage also grew while taking care of Hudson. He learned that he could be a father, despite what happened in the past. And he was a good one at that!
Even though this book was straight forward, I enjoyed the sweet romance between Gage and Emma. They just seemed so cute together and fit well together. I hope Jill continues this series! It would be nice to catch up on this couple after all the events!
Would I Recommend?
Yes, most definitely. This is a short sweet romance story perfect to read over the weekend. I think anyone would enjoy reading this sweet pick me up.
Note: I was provided a copy from the author to review. All opinions are my own.