by Roberta Gayle

August 2002
ISBN: 1-58314-282-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Arabesque Books
Mass Market Paperback

If you had the chance to renew your relationship with your childhood sweetheart, would you do it? That is the dilemma that Charlotte Ann Brown (Charlie) is wrestling with.

Ten years ago, at seventeen, Charlie was a divorced, single mother. She has always resented the fact that Arthur Ross, her ex-husband, left her and their son so easily. He has never kept his promises and has paid no child support. Now a successful heart surgeon, Arthur Ross has returned to their hometown in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. He has suddenly decided that he wanted to a father to their son Deon and a true husband to Charlie.

At first, angry and determined to keep an emotional distance from Arthur, Charlie goes out of her way to be argumentative and uncooperative. On the advice of her best friend and fellow single parent Steven Parker a widower, who is convinced that Charlie is still in love with Arthur, Charlie begins to slowly get reacquainted with Arthur. From here it becomes a matter of Charlie making up her mind about what she really wants.

As time goes by and as Charlie tries to impress Arthur and his coworkers at the hospital by dressing differently and not being herself, she slowly begins to doubt her love for Arthur. It doesn’t help that suddenly Steven is no longer Arthur’s biggest fan and she discovers a newly emerging desire for Steven.

Ms. Gayle has written a nice story about what families really are and the sometimes-rocky path love can take. Her portrayal of the two ten-year-old boys, Deon and Mike is very realistic. They are not the precocious children you see in most books or the invisible beings only trotted out for major scenes or comic relief. Charlie’s inability to make up her mind is a little tedious and her continued resistance to her feelings for Steven is a little tiresome, but all in all I enjoyed this story. If you are looking for a quick read I would recommend this one.

Reviewed in September 2002 by Carolyn.

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