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Monday, October 18, 2010

Reluctant Father by Margaret Tanner

Reluctant Father by Margaret Tanner
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Recent Historical
Length: Full Length (252 pages)
Heat Level: Spicy
Rating: 3.5 Books
Reviewed by Rosemary

Jordan Stamford is allergic to babies. At the height of the Vietnam war, this jet-setting playboy, whose motto is ‘money can buy anything,’ arrives in Sarah Watson’s seaside home to redevelop a disused factory complex.

Sarah is the only child of an elderly minister of religion and adores her bay side home. She yearns for a loving husband and babies.

Will Jordan’s shameful family history, and Sarah’s desperate longing for a child, be an insurmountable barrier for them to overcome?

Will idealistic minister’s daughter Sarah and millionaire ladies’ man Jordan be able to overcome their misunderstandings and find love?

From their very first meeting, Sarah Watson and Jordan Stamford’s relationship is fiery. Sarah is convinced Jordan is going to destroy the small town she calls home. And she is fighting off her fierce attraction to him as well. Until Sarah, Jordan has been able to keep his heart free from any emotional entanglements. He is steadfast in his decision to never marry or have children, but he is finding it difficult to keep his heart out of his relationship with Sarah. The couple find many obstacles in their path as they struggle to find their happily ever after.

Reluctant Father by Margaret Tanner is a well-written, fast-paced novel. Ms. Tanner also packs plenty of conflict into Jordan and Sarah’s love story. Sarah is twenty years old to Jordan’s thirty. Sarah’s immaturity contributes to some of the problems that arise between them. The next major area of contention between them is their income disparity. Sarah is barely making ends meet while Jordan’s attitude is that he has enough money to purchase anything he desires, including Sarah. Both characters have a proclivity to jump to conclusions and a disinterest in hearing each other out. Both Jordan and Sarah’s emotions wildly fluctuate from one extreme to the other but rarely settle in the middle. When cooler heads prevail, they are usually able to work together through their problems.

Reluctant Father is a highly passionate love story, and Ms. Tanner captivates the reader with wildly romantic dates and glamorous parties against the backdrop of the turbulent sixties.