Friday, May 2, 2008

Three Boys and a Baby-Laura Marie Alton

Three Boys and a Baby
Laura Marie Alton
Harlequin American, May 2008, $4.99
ISBN: 9780373752157

In Brown, Kansas Ella Garvey's eight year old twin boys Oliver and Owen and Jake Tate's seven years old son Dillon are playing together when they find an abandoned baby girl in the nearby park. The kids bring the infant home.

Meanwhile their single parents, casualties of the divorce war, are attracted to one another, but hesitant after their first respective marital failures. However, none of their three sons are pleased with Jake and Ella beginning to see one another. As the adults fall in love, the kids team up to sabotage the relationship especially when Dillon’s mom comes home.

Outside of the initial matchmaking the baby subplot never feels like part of the prime story line as the tale focuses on two caring adults struggling between their love for one another and what is best for their respective children. The cast is strong and fully developed as the kids make it clear they oppose a relationship between their parents and each adult wrestles between their desire and that of their sons. Fans will enjoy this entertaining family drama as love is complex when kids are involved.

Harriet Klausner

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