The Christmas Baby Surprise-Shirley Jump

The Christmas Baby Surprise
Shirley Jump
Harlequin Romance, Oct 1 2013, $5.99
ISBN: 9780373742639

After a decade of an unfulfilling marriage and a sort of six-month separation, Emily Watson leaves her workaholic husband Cole in New York to fulfill her dream of becoming a writer. Her destination is her favorite place growing up, Gingerbread Inn in Massachusetts where she, Andrea, Casey and the late Melissa had so much fun together. When she arrives, she pats her stomach and talks to Sweet Pea, the nickname she has given to the baby she carries. Emily ponders life as a single mom and muses that the dilapidated for sale inn looks nothing like her childhood memory except for owner Carole.

Cole has a business crisis in Japan, but convincing his wife for them to stay married is his priority. He catches up to her at the rundown Gingerbread Inn and begins repairs. He also sees Emily’s protruding stomach. Although afraid of being a dad, Sweet Pea gives Cole a second incentive to persuade his beloved spouse to take another chance on their love, marriage and the baby carriage.

The Christmas Baby Surprise is a warm second chance at love romance. The lead couple is an endearing pair with his unintended neglect to give them a secure life devastates their relationship. Shirley Jump provides a tender well-written family drama as Emily decides between divorce and marriage. Cole is the more fascinating character affirming the child is the adult with his trepidations re losing his wife and his neurotic fears of being a father after a dysfunctional example (as a child) not to emulate.

Harriet Klausner

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