Kathleen Korbel's A ROSE FOR MAGGIE touches on a sensitive subject but with great care. A child with Down's Syndrome. Allison Henley married a man who did not want to have children. She loved him completely so when she became pregnant it was hard for her to accept him distancing himself. Okay, I have to mention what occurred to me while reading this part...why didn't he have a vasectomy or, at least, use a condom if he didn't want children? It was mentioned in the storyline that the pregnancy was an accident.
So Allison has the baby and her husband is with her in the delivery room until they realize something is wrong. He takes off and we don't hear from him again. She is left to raise the baby. Without any assistance from her family she moves, takes a new job working for a publishing house that will comply with the hours she needs, hires a housekeeper/ sitter and, for the most part, takes care of Maggie.
Weeks pass and one day she comes face to face with the reclusive L. Wood Dowd, aka Joe Burgett, an author of some popular children's books. He is nothing like she imagined. The remaining story is about how he pursues Allison and tries to get her to open up. They have their ups and downs but he doesn't let anything interfere with getting to know her for the better. For him, she is 'the one'. He just has to convince her of that.
Kathleen Korbel retired from trauma nursing. Her experience in the medical field helps to solidify what could have been a very sad subject with a romance. She shows the good and the bad when you are the parent of a child with continual medical needs. She wrote the character of Joe Burgett as though he was made for Allison. And Maggie. Lastly, the epilogue was a great ending to a heartwarming/heartwrenching romance.