Ms. Ferrarella, a prolific author, has written romances with diversified plot lines. Her writing style, alone, is usually enough to hold my attention throughout a book. This book was very difficult for me to read because I did not like the heroine at all, along with her machinations and omissions.
Cole James and Veronica McCloud were inseparable all of their life and everyone knew the couple would marry someday but Veronica wanted more. Veronica wanted to go to college and she wanted Cole to come with her. Only Cole was happy living in Redemption and saw no need to go to college just make a bigger mark on the world. The night of their last argument, they made love and Veronica left town the next day without a word. Six years later, she reappears after a family emergency. Unbeknownst to Cole, she gave birth to his son and never informed him of his child.
Of course, it was stated earlier on that she had very good reasons for not telling him, but as far as I am concerned unless the parent is violent or unfit, there is no “good” reason why the father should not be informed of his child. What was so ironic in the this story was that it took Veronica’s father two weeks to inform her of the family emergency and she took umbrage as to why she wasn’t informed immediately. Considering the fact that she waited six years to tell Cole of his child, she is the last person who should be complaining about someone not divulging information in a timely manner.
Ms. Ferrarella tried to give the impression that the heroine was so unselfish that she put in for a leave of absence to be at her family’s side for this emergency but she was still trying to figure out how she can get in and out of town without disclosing that she had Cole’s child. She was even “thankful” that Chris looked so much like her so no one could guess his parentage. Her actions does not represent an unselfish person to me. She had so many chances to tell Cole about the child until we finally find out at the end of the story that she only wanted Cole to tell her that he loved her. That is about as asinine a reason as I have ever read in a book. The child is an individual and the situation should have been treated as such. This is a good reason for not marrying him, but not a good reason not to tell a man that he is a father. Cole could have kept the child while Victoria finished her education without getting married. There is no written law that a mother must have custody of her child and have to marry the father. Nor does it make you a bad mother because you recognize that a child would fare better being in the custody of his father while you get your life together. This book sends the wrong message to young women–limiting their options.
Even after Cole and his son, Christopher, bonded Veronica still did not tell them the truth. The child practically begged his mother not to take him away from his father because he wanted to stay with him. Cole’s mother even called her out about the not telling her son about his child. Both pleadings fell on deaf ears and Veronica did not give in until she got Cole to say “I love you” when she clearly did not deserve it after all of the pain and anguish that she had brought him. The author would also have us believe that Cole’s mother still liked Veronica even though she had seen all of the havoc that this woman has wreaked to her only son. That is totally unbelievable. This book had so many flaws and problems that I cannot fully enumerate them in this forum. They were about as numerous as there were pages in the book.
Veronica is by far the most self-absorbed and self-centered heroine that I have ever encountered in a romance. I found myself hoping against hope that for once this romance wouldn’t end with the hero and heroine having a happily-ever-after ending. I hoped Cole would wish Veronica well, take custody of Christopher, send her on her merry way, and find a woman who would really appreciate him. She is usually the woman the man got rid of before the story began. I cannot recommend this book under any circumstance.