by Sandi Haddad

September 2003
ISBN: 1-59279-156-5
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It's time for Maggie Newman to go back home. Her husband, Chad, had been dead for several months. Soon she will be having his baby. Maggie knows she should tell his parents so that they can enjoy their grandchild. But it has been hard trying to get over Chad's death. She sells the ranch they built together and heads back to Magnolia Cove where she had grown up with the Newman boys. The youngest son, Dan, was her best friend. Chad became her husband.

Dan Newman is shocked to see his sister-in-law standing on the side of the road. She should have been in Orlando, nursing her grief. When he finds out she's pregnant, he's shocked. His brother's wife and the only woman Dan will ever love is going to have a baby. He longs to tell her what he's feeling, but can't see how he can live up to the memories of his older brother. Instead Dan opens his home to Maggie and tries to be her friend again. His heart heals from his grief and guilt as he watches his little girl welcome Maggie into their lives.

Maggie finds herself healing from the pain and loss. It becomes easier each day to open her heart a little more to Dan and his daughter. She's making a new start with friends to support her. Soon all that is left of Chad are the good memories and a wistful sadness of what could have been. Maggie realizes that she's still alive. Her baby will need her to support it. Will Maggie recognize Dan's love for her? Or will she always believe that Dan sees her only as his brother's wife?

A Stable Account is a sweet story about surviving grief and guilt. It's about being willing to live and love again even after a devastating loss. Maggie and Dan grow throughout the book, becoming wiser as they move closer to each other. It teaches about accepting death and learning from the pain to find a new life.

Reviewed in September 2003 by Jenni.

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