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Child of His Heart [Mass Market Paperback]

Joan Kilby
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3.0 out of 5 stars The difference between paternity and fatherhood Dec 29 2001
By C. Penn
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A broken two year engagement and her grandmother's heart attack lead Erin Hanson to leave Seattle and return to her small hometown. She finds it comfortable to greet folks on the street she's known all her life, to settle into an assistant manager's role at the bank, and to live with her grandmother. She still vaguely hopes for a reconciliation with her ex-fiancé, but isn't overly concerned when he never calls. Then the new fire chief Nick Dalton arrives in town and she finds herself avoiding even an introduction as she anticipates her responses to the town's sexiest bachelor.
Something about Erin captures Nick's attention from the first glance. With a precocious twelve-year-old daughter he's anxious to remove from a big city lifestyle, Nick looks forward to settling into his new home. At least the kids in Hainesville don't sport eyebrow and bellybutton piercings like his daughter, or the tattoos of the boys she preferred in LA. Nick's also troubled by the confession his wife made on her deathbed regarding the paternity of their daughter. So he doesn't react graciously when Erin announces her pregnancy. But he can't just forget about her, either.
Responding to CHILD OF HIS HEART is a bit difficult for me. On the one hand, I grew impatient through the first half of the book. While the necessity of the heroine's heart to be free to love another is obviously necessary for the plot line, despite her pregnancy, Erin's feelings for the father of the baby seem a bit thin.
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4.0 out of 5 stars engaging relationship drama Dec 13 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After a two-year engagement, Erin Hanson breaks up with her boyfriend when he once again delays their wedding. More important to Erin than a breakup with her boyfriend is the need for someone to stay with beloved her Gran who suffered a mild heart attack. Erin quits her job as a loan manager in Seattle to return to her home in Hainesville to stay with her beloved Gran.

Worried about the behavior of his twelve year old going on adulthood daughter Miranda, Nick Dalton leaves the Los Angeles fire department to accept a job in Hainesville, Washington. There Nick and Erin meet and both feel the attraction between them. As they become better acquainted, Erin learns she is pregnant carrying her former fiancee's child. Nick feels déjà vu has struck him because he doubts that he sired Miranda. Though he loves Erin, Nick struggles to cope with fathering someone else's child.

The story line of CHILD OF HIS HEART is an engaging relationship drama that plays out on several levels besides the obvious one between the lead couple. Though the plot over emphasizes small town living at the expense of urban dwelling, the characters are likable (with one exception), charming, and seem authentic. That critical genuine spin turns Joan Kilby's multi-layered relationship drama into an entertaining reading experience.

Harriet Klausner
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3.0 out of 5 stars The difference between paternity and fatherhood Dec 29 2001
By C. Penn - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A broken two year engagement and her grandmother's heart attack lead Erin Hanson to leave Seattle and return to her small hometown. She finds it comfortable to greet folks on the street she's known all her life, to settle into an assistant manager's role at the bank, and to live with her grandmother. She still vaguely hopes for a reconciliation with her ex-fiancé, but isn't overly concerned when he never calls. Then the new fire chief Nick Dalton arrives in town and she finds herself avoiding even an introduction as she anticipates her responses to the town's sexiest bachelor.
Something about Erin captures Nick's attention from the first glance. With a precocious twelve-year-old daughter he's anxious to remove from a big city lifestyle, Nick looks forward to settling into his new home. At least the kids in Hainesville don't sport eyebrow and bellybutton piercings like his daughter, or the tattoos of the boys she preferred in LA. Nick's also troubled by the confession his wife made on her deathbed regarding the paternity of their daughter. So he doesn't react graciously when Erin announces her pregnancy. But he can't just forget about her, either.
Responding to CHILD OF HIS HEART is a bit difficult for me. On the one hand, I grew impatient through the first half of the book. While the necessity of the heroine's heart to be free to love another is obviously necessary for the plot line, despite her pregnancy, Erin's feelings for the father of the baby seem a bit thin. After all, they were engaged for two years; their child was conceived during the weekend they broke off the engagement because he insisted upon another postponement; he's running for congress and refuses to acknowledge the child; and he's sleeping with the woman from his office that openly pursued him while he was engaged. At the least, I would expect some genuine anger and disillusionment. Instead, Erin holds out for the possibility of reconciliation, even when he blows her off after she announces her pregnancy. And leaves for a date with the office bimbo.
On the other hand, Nick's responses are genuine and convincing given the weight of his burden regarding his daughter. He handles the news of the pregnancy badly, as I would expect, but reconsiders over time. As he reconciles the difference between paternity and fatherhood, my heart couldn't help but reach out to him. His obnoxious twelve-year-old daughter only adds to the fun as he struggles with raising a child/woman and all that inludes. These tangled and challenged relationships give CHILD OF HIS HEART a depth that makes it an engaging read that comes recommended.
4.0 out of 5 stars engaging relationship drama Dec 13 2001
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
After a two-year engagement, Erin Hanson breaks up with her boyfriend when he once again delays their wedding. More important to Erin than a breakup with her boyfriend is the need for someone to stay with beloved her Gran who suffered a mild heart attack. Erin quits her job as a loan manager in Seattle to return to her home in Hainesville to stay with her beloved Gran.

Worried about the behavior of his twelve year old going on adulthood daughter Miranda, Nick Dalton leaves the Los Angeles fire department to accept a job in Hainesville, Washington. There Nick and Erin meet and both feel the attraction between them. As they become better acquainted, Erin learns she is pregnant carrying her former fiancee's child. Nick feels déjà vu has struck him because he doubts that he sired Miranda. Though he loves Erin, Nick struggles to cope with fathering someone else's child.

The story line of CHILD OF HIS HEART is an engaging relationship drama that plays out on several levels besides the obvious one between the lead couple. Though the plot over emphasizes small town living at the expense of urban dwelling, the characters are likable (with one exception), charming, and seem authentic. That critical genuine spin turns Joan Kilby's multi-layered relationship drama into an entertaining reading experience.

Harriet Klausner
5.0 out of 5 stars review Feb. 18 2013
By Anna M ODonnell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
The package was just as described and it was shipped and arrived on time from shipper. I would recommend this shipper
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