Diner Girl by Mary Malcolm
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary, Inspirational
Length: Full (250 pages)
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Fern
“Most Eligible Bachelor” Dr. Mark Stanton can’t escape all the women pursuing him for the wrong reasons. So when the only woman in the city who doesn’t know who he is shows up at his doorstep, he can’t help but want to know her better. Unfortunately, she doesn’t want to know him at all after their time together and he has no idea why.
When Jennifer Cleary discovers she is pregnant by Mark after their one night together, she is immediately faced with the guilt of her actions...and decides not to tell him. When he shows up at her diner during the most complicated part of her pregnancy, she comes face to face with a man who promises to take care of her...no matter what. But will this strong-willed woman have to let go of her independence in order to find love?
Let me start by saying that Diner Girl will, without a doubt, touch your heart. Mary Malcolm has crafted a beautiful story about second chances and new beginnings, with characters that are so relatable you might think you know one or two of them yourself.
When I started reading Diner Girl, I mistakenly believed it would be another tale of a pregnancy that ultimately brings two people together. A Cinderella story if you will. Though partially true, the premise, while not entirely unique, is presented so brilliantly and with such emotional investment that you’ll experience the doubt and confusion as if it were your own. And the greatest part is that you are given all the pieces of the puzzle, from both Jessica and Mark’s relative perspectives. Oftentimes, a story has one protagonist that is the focus of the hurt/angst/heartache and the hero or heroine seeks to bring them out of their self imposed fortress of protection.
In this, both are tainted by events of the past. Watching as they reveal themselves and, in the in doing, let go of the weight is absolutely refreshing and made the book an absolute joy to read. It’s rare that I struggle to decide whom I love more in a story, but at the end of this, I still couldn’t decide and accepted that both Jessica and Mark managed to snake their way into my heart.
So allow me clarify my previous statement and apologize for the error. This is not your average Cinderella story. It is, in fact, so much more. Superbly written and a definite keeper, this is a story everyone should enjoy at least once. I highly recommend Diner Girl.