by Barbara Freethy

Septemeber 2001
ISBN: 0-380-81553-2
Reviewer Graphic Button Avon Books
Mass Market Paperback

Some Kind of Wonderful is the first book I have read by Barbara Freethy and I highly enjoyed it. I bought this book based on someone's recommendation, so I thought I would give it a try. I had a hard time putting the book down once I started it. Some Kind of Wonderful had some very emotional elements happening throughout, which at times had me laughing and crying.

Two very different people, or so it seems, are pulled together by a baby that is left in their hallway. Matt is a newspaper reporter, very independent, handsome and who lets only a very few select people into his life because of his childhood. Caitlyn is a wedding gown designer, owns her own shop, and is hiding a secret from the whole world that she does not want to believe. This secret has put a hold over her life; even though she owns her own shop with her cousin Jolie, she has not been able to design a wedding dress since her skiing accident 18 months earlier. Matt and Caitlyn are attracted to each other almost from the very moment they meet - when Matt announces there is a baby in the hallway! The sparks, and sometimes fireworks, fly between them wherever they go. They feel comfortable with each other and share confidences that no one else knows - all within a day of meeting each other.

A baby left in their hallway, in an apartment building that allows no babies, pulls Matt and Caitlyn together. The baby, Emily, is delightful, as all babies can be, and she brings out the protective and parental instincts from both Matt and Caitlyn. Emily, it turns out, is Matt's niece. Matt has been looking for his sister Sarah for 13 years, since they were sent to separate foster homes after their apartment was set on fire. Sarah returns to Matt's apartment, after seeking help for her problems, a week after she left Emily in Matt's hallway. By now, Matt and Caitlyn are attached to Emily and do not want to see her go. Matt, Sarah and Caitlyn must all face their past demons to reach the happiness they all want, desire and deserve before they can move on with their lives and share it with the people they love.

Ms. Freethy did a superb job. Not only with Matt and Caitlyn but also with the all the secondary characters (Sarah, Emily, ex-fiancÚ Brian, and several others). Each of them brought their own fears, problems, and hopes to the story, and without them the story would not have been as good, in my opinion. This was the first, but not the last, book I will buy by Ms. Freethy. I would recommend Some Kind of Wonderful to anyone who loves to read a well-written heartwarming romance.

Reviewed in February 2002 by Pam.

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