Published by Thomas Nelson on May 1st 2018
Also by this author: Sweetbriar Cottage, Blue Ridge Sunrise, Honeysuckle Dreams, On Magnolia Lane
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After Brady Collins’ ex-wife dies, he receives devastating news—his nine-month-old son Sam isn’t his son at all. And Sam’s wealthy maternal grandparents want custody of the child. Brady knows he’s in for the fight of his life. But regardless of what any blood test says, Sam is his son, and Brady will go to any lengths to keep him.
Brady’s attorney tips him off that one major life change would virtually assure him of winning guardianship of baby Sam at the final hearing: an impending marriage. And his friend Hope is willing to step in as the loving and devoted fiance.
Local radio celebrity Hope Daniels has been driven by a solitary goal her entire life, and after a happy accident she’s finally offered her dream job. But if the truth comes out about her arrangement with Brady, she may miss the chance of a lifetime and stand in the way of a dear friend’s dreams.
As Brady and Hope make sacrifices to help each other in their times of need, they risk uncovering a truth neither of them expects to find.
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In Honeysuckle Dreams by Denise Hunter, we join Brady as he receives the devastating news that his nine-month-old son Sam isn't his son at all. With his ex-wife dead, he is faced with a hard truth and a custody battle against none other, than his ex-wife's parents.
As with every Denise Hunter book, I was anxiously waiting to get my hands on this book. I found the story to be unique as Brady is in a hard place. His lawyer tells him he would have a better chance at fighting his ex-wife's wealthy family if he was married.
Brady's friend Hope, who helps him with Sam, is willing to step up and help him fight to win custody of Sam. At first, it is just a fake engagement, but then the pressure of marriage comes, and the two have to look at what they are marrying for.
To add to the drama, Hope has a potential offer for her dream job, but it requires her to be out of town. Add that to some other plot twists, and you have an interestingly spun story.
When I first picked up this book, I expected the question of who Sam's father is to be drawn out and more of a mystery, but the story took a totally different spin. It took me a little longer to get into this story than other books by Hunter, but once the story got going, it was an adventure full of love, frustration, hurt, and forgiveness.
Hunter wove together a truly unique story and created tension between the characters. Just when things seemed to be going picture perfect, the plot would change and the weight of the situation would be felt by the characters and reader.