***I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review***
Being summoned to the emergency room to interpret for deaf patients is nothing new for Rachel Mansfield. But finding herself interpreting for a scared, abandoned little girl with nothing but a note pinned to her shirt? Well, that’s a first.
An instant bond forms between them, and Rachel’s protective instincts kick into high gear as Lily’s mysterious past meets an uncertain future. As hours turn into days, Rachel’s biggest worry is that they won’t find Lily’s family. Until she meets Lily’s uncle, Garrett. Then he becomes her biggest worry.
Betrayed by his family, Garrett Staker knows his path. He’s plotted every step. And as he closes in on his most important business goal, one thing is certain–his plan doesn’t include assuming responsibility for a niece who was presumed dead after his sister’s murder.
Despite the undercurrent of attraction, Rachel and Garrett are at odds over Lily’s future. But as Garrett’s business comes under attack from within, and the questions about Lily’s past loom larger, they must find a way to work together. Their lives, and Lily’s, depend on it.
I loved this book. My favorite lines: 1) She might not be sure of his motives, but there was something real, and painful, behind his decision. 2) “I’m a businessman, Ms. Mansfield. My life isn’t designed to include a child.” 3) She was officially in creeper territory now, but at two in the morning her objectivity was long gone. 4) Funny thing about logic, though. Sometimes it lacked conviction. 5) Principle and discipline be damned; he was tired of cold showers.
Rachel and Garrett were strangers who were forced to meet once Lily came into the picture. Lily was a cute little girl who was deaf. She was abandoned, so Rachel had to help her until she could find a home. Garrett was her uncle. I felt for all parties involved. Garrett and his mom had thought Lily had died alongside her mother. He led a busy life and didn’t have time for a child. I respected his decision, but at the same time, it would’ve been heartache if Lily was abandoned again. Rachel and Lily bonded, so Rachel agreed to move in with Garrett to a different state to help him raise Lily until he could get back on his feet.
Even though Garrett was selfish, I still liked him as a character. I thought his and Rachel’s back and forth was cute. The sarcasm was entertaining. I loved the suspense. There was something not quite right about Andy, a stranger from the park. Plus, who took photos of Rachel and Lily? Who had murdered Lily’s mom, Garrett’s sister?
The author had a brilliant talent with setting. I could touch, smell, hear, and feel everything as though I was there with the characters. The story had a very cute ending.
I RECOMMEND this book to read.
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