Sunday, March 11, 2018

Review: A Family for Easter by Lee Tobin McClain

From the Back of the Book

When wealthy single mom Fiona Farmingham rents her carriage house to widowed Eduardo Delgado, it’s purely in friendship. Insecure over her late husband’s betrayal, Fiona hides her attraction to the humble landscaper. Between them they have six children, two dogs—and a world of differences. But with half a dozen little matchmakers involved, can they find the courage to reach for happiness once more?

My Thoughts

I am amazed at how much is packed into this 220 page book! A Family for Easter is a great story which touches on several important topics. I don't think I've ever seen an Easter romance book before and I was excited to read it.

First of all, I'm amazed  at how well Fiona handles being a single mom to four children ranging in age from three to ten. We meet Fiona in the opening scene when she is on a first date with a man she met on-line. I could totally relate to Fiona when she is on this date and wishing she was home on the couch with her kids, eating popcorn, and watching movies. I did some on-line dating in my (many) days of being single and one of my standards for going on a second date was that I had to be enjoying my time with the date more than I would have been enjoying time at home in my comfy clothes reading a book. Often that was not the case. 

Fiona is a widow and is dealing with self-doubt because her husband was leading a double life before he died. Fiona's mother is very critical of her looks and size which is also a major struggle for Fiona. There are some great scenes in the book where Fiona is encouraging her oldest daughter to have a good self-image. 

Eduardo is a widower and he and his two children rent a cottage on Fiona's property.  Eduardo's children become fast friend with Fiona's children and it doesn't take long for them to start planning a future together for their parents. There is realistic squabbling between the six children which result in some great parenting moments by Fiona and Eduardo. 

Eduardo is hesitant to get romantically involved with Fiona because of how financially well off she is. That is another thing I liked about this book - the heroine was financially secure, instead of a wealthy hero saving a struggling single mom (although I love those stories, too). The couple also had to deal with Eduardo's Mexican heritage and Fiona's learning disability.

If you like contemporary Christian fiction, especially fiction with a little depth, I highly recommend this book. Pick it up now and read it before Easter!

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