“Welcome to Westen. I’m Lorna Doone. Yep, spelled just like the cookie and I own the Peaches ‘N Cream Café here in Westen. You might think nothing much happens in a small mid-western town, but as my friend Harriett says, things aren’t always what they appear. Take our girl Emma for example…”
Emma Lewis has a lot on her plate. The single mother of two precocious twin boys and an aging mother who is having trouble getting through each day, the last thing Emma needs is a man in her life, especially a doctor. So when the town’s doctor goes on vacation and his handsome nephew takes over, Emma is shocked to not only find him standing in her bedroom, but accusing her of being a neglectful parent.
Clint Preston came to Westen for the year to fill in as the town doc while his uncle took a long needed vacation. Clint also needed a sense of peace and calm to try to find his passion for medicine burned out by long shifts in an urban hospital’s ER. Angered to find two boys in his clinic with broken wrists and no accompanying parent, he is determined to confront their mother. The feisty redhead he meets quickly dispels his belief that she’s a neglectful mother, but he can see her situation is more critical than she wishes to face and finds himself volunteering to help care for her sons and the remodeling of her home.
As Emma and Clint forge a relationship among the slightly off-beat characters that inhabit Westen a menace from Emma’s past threatens her and her sons. Clint and Emma join forces to prevent the loss of either boy and the love they’ve discovered in each other’s’ arms.
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Great start to the Westen series
This is my first book by Suzanne Ferrell, but it won’t be my last. I really enjoyed reading Emma’s and Clint’s story. I love small town stories and this one included everything a small town needs, good friends, good family, and people looking out for each other. I loved how the town came together, when Emma needed them the most. Her return to Westen may not have been what she wanted, but it was exactly what she needed. You will fall in love with her twin sons, Brian and Benjamin. It was smart thinking on their parts, in how they got Emma and Clint to meet, lol. Little ears don’t miss much.
Great quick read. Loved the characters. Couldn’t put it down at the end!!
Close to Home
Overall, I enjoyed this book and liked the characters very much.
My only criticism is the ending where there seemed to be a rush to wrap everything up, leaving the reader with one major flaw.
The flaw is the unrealistic concept of Dwayne not being put in jail in exchange for giving up all parental rights to the twins. Being a self-indulgent wacko, he will most certainly continue making Emma’s life scary and miserable, even with Clint by her side to protect her.