by Cindy Harris

November 2001
ISBN: 0-8217-6914-6
Reviewer Graphic Button Zebra Books
Mass Market Paperback

Child’s Play is part three of a four part series in the Zebra Ballad line called Dublin Dreams. Cindy Harris did a wonderful job on writing this story and I enjoyed reading it.

Barrister Sir Steven Nollbrook and widow Rose Sinclair have a tenuous but rather important connection through a deceased “lady of the night” named Katherine. Both Rose’s husband and Steven have had “contact” with Katherine, which resulted in several children that Rose is resolute in adopting. Steven and Rose were brought together by this unusual circumstance as Steven is the father of one of the children, while Rose’s own deceased husband fathered twin girls.

Steven feels that he is a failure as a man so he throws himself in his career; as a result, he has become very successful in his profession. But on the subject of his illegitimate child, he is torn between what he thinks is the right thing to do and what he feels he ought to be doing. Steven has a natural need to get to know his son but doesn’t feel he is worthy enough to be a father. Should he let Rose adopt him and stay out of young Stevie’s life?

It’s always easy for me to get wrapped up in the books I read, and Child’s Play is a particularly engrossing story with likeable characters. I wanted to crawl into the book and tell Steven that he can learn to be a dad! And while I was at it, I also wanted to tell Rose not to be selfish and let Steven get to know his son! Luckily, things worked out before I got TOO frustrated! Now I have a new problem… finding the other books to this series!

Reviewed in March 2002 by Dorraine.

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