The Secrets of Her Past-Emilie Rose

The Secrets of Her Past
Emilie Rose
Harlequin SuperRomance, Mar 4 2014, $6.75
ISBN: 9780373608331

While undergoing lung cancer treatment, Danny Drake orders his son Adam to bring Madison home to run his veterinary practice while he fights the disease. Adam argues with his dad that his late brother Andrew’s widow was selfish and didn’t want the baby she lost along with her husband during an ice storm in which she drove too fast six years ago.

Danny travels to Quincey, North Carolina to take Madison “no longer a Drake” Monroe the seven hours to Norcross, but she refuses. Angry with her while misunderstanding her no, he says his late sibling was right to call her a cold selfish SOB; while she hides the truth from his family so that they can retain their paragon image of Andrew. Still feeling she owes her veterinary mentor to hear it from her lips, Maddy drives to tell her ex-father-in-law. Danny’s wife Helen angrily pleads with her to help as she did not want to lose another Drake male. Reluctantly Maddy agrees but on her terms. As Maddy keeps two practices afloat, Adam reassesses his ex-in-law due to her dedication to her patients and their owners, and his father. Soon two revelations hammer his soul and heart: that his brother lied to him and that he loves his late sibling’s widow.

This is a warm second chance at family drama starring a wonderful cast. Though the late Andrew comes across as a selfish lazy loser with no redeeming qualities when he lived, readers will enjoy this compassionate healing storyline.

Harriet Klausner

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