Hello reader friends! It’s that time again – catch up on reviews. I have five books sitting on my desk right now that need reviews. Don’t judge – these stories have been great. But I’ve been on this kind of reading streak, and once I start, it takes me time to slow down enough to write my reviews.
Today I’m thrilled to be sharing my thoughts on A Mother’s Secret by Gabrielle Meyer. To say I enjoyed this story would be an understatement. I know Ms. Meyer is typically known for her historical stories, but let me say this – she can write contemporary fiction, and write it well!!
Her home is at stake…and her first love holds the key.
Joy Gordon’s life is far from perfect. The lavish house she lives in with her children was loaned to her by a wealthy philanthropist—and his death means she has to give up her home. To satisfy his controlling father, Chase Asher must take his great-uncle’s property from the woman he once loved…but what will he do when he learns he fathered Joy’s twins?
A Mother’s Secret is a beautiful story of forgiveness, second chances, faith, and standing up for what’s right. I should also mention the power of prayer, and what makes a true family, are big components of the story. Meyer had my attention from beginning to end – I nearly read it in one sitting (if only lunch breaks were five minutes longer!). I had such an emotional connection to the characters, that latched on pretty quickly I might add, and just couldn’t tear myself away.
Joy is such a wonderful heroine. She is flawed, and yet always has the best interest of others at heart. The fact that she took on fostering 3 children, after already having young twins, is extraordinary. This selfless act of love is something I want to see more of in Christian fiction. Let me start by saying I am a huge believer in family, in a traditional sense. But sometimes God has other plans for people, and sometimes that means being a single parent by means of fostering or adoption. I have a huge heart for adoption and fostering – I wish more people would do it really. Meyer has painted of beautiful picture in this story in how fostering and adopting can change lives – and not just the lives of the children.
I have to admit that I was drawn to Chase from the start, but some things he did really bothered me. Like not standing up to his father. But honestly, even though it drove me absolutely crazy, I could understand him and it actually made him pretty relatable. How many of us have someone in our own lives that we struggle to stand up to? It may not be a parent, but the concept is the same. Chase’s journey to learning about true family and its place in his life was so sweet to read about.
Contemporary romance fans are going to love this sweet story of second chance love. Highly recommend! I received a complimentary copy of this book. I was not required to write a favorable review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Gabrielle Meyer lives in central Minnesota on the banks of the upper Mississippi River with her husband and four children. As an employee of the Minnesota Historical Society, she fell in love with the rich history of her state and enjoys writing fictional stories inspired by real people, places, and events. You can learn more about Gabrielle and her books at www.gabriellemeyer.com.
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