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Monday, January 25, 2010

The Father for Her Son by Cindi Myers

The Father for Her Son by Cindi Myers
Publisher: Harlequin
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full (247 pages)
Heat: Hot
Rating: 5 Books
Reviewed by Fern

After seven years away, Troy Denton has finally reappeared. Too bad Marlee Britton isn't sure she wants him back. The last time she saw him, she was pregnant and they were planning their wedding. Since then, she's struggled to raise their son on her own. So, no. She's not throwing out the welcome mat.

Still, how can she deny him knowing his son, Greg? Every time she watches Troy with Greg the guarded place in her heart melts a little. And that's when she realizes she still cares—more than she wants to. But should she protect herself from him leaving again? Or can she believe Troy's vow he's here for good?

Stories that involve betrayal, broken hearts, and forgiveness are some of my favorites. You are ensured that emotions will run high, and that the journey along the way will not be easy. The theme is brought into a clearer focus when a child is involved. In these circumstances, walking away isn’t always an easy, or viable, solution. That is one of the reasons I fell in love with The Father for Her Son. Cindi Myers has managed to take all of these essential elements, twine them together, and create an unforgettable story readers are sure to enjoy.

I immediately identified with the heroine, Marlee. Hard work and determination have allowed her to create a life for herself and her son – but it’s come at a price. No longer does she trust those around her. Rather, she’s almost obsessive in her fears of condemnation and the judgment of others. Even though she should be proud of her accomplishments, you get the feeling she feels dirty and unworthy. Of course, this is compounded by the influences in her past and the circumstances that removed Troy from her life. The recurring theme of emotional abuse runs deep here, and is a catalyst that divides Marlee and Troy throughout the story. If Marlee can’t remove the stigma she’s attached to Troy because of being raised with a con-artist father, they can never have a future together.

Troy was a hero who broke my heart. He made a huge mistake, wants to make amends, but can’t change his past. When he sees his son for the first time, you’ll sense the pain the absence has caused, and his desire to make up for lost time. Although he knows Marlee may never forgive him, he bides his time and takes the necessary steps to prove his worth. Unfortunately, Troy’s up against the remnants of a father Marlee has never forgiven, and oftentimes his patience and heart are tested. Several of the scenes in which he’s confronted with the truth – that he is a convicted felon who did something stupid – are hard to read, but add substance to his character as he strives to be the man Marlee can love again, as well as the father Greg deserves.

Ms. Myers writing style is fantastic and tugs at your heart. The material is carefully constructed, ensuring you lose yourself in the work. I loved the characters, the conflicts, and the obstacles along the way. This is the kind of book your curl up with in the bed and enjoy without interruption, savoring both the good and the bad right along with characters who seem to breathe life into the pages.

Readers who enjoy a solid romance with oodles of heart don’t want to miss The Father for Her Son.