Jan Scarbrough
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Turquoise Morning Press
Release Date
January 2011
Contemporary Romance

New title, new look, same great story!

(2nd Edition.
Formerly titled, A Father At Last)

How was she going to keep her secret?
It had been with her like a living thing for twenty-one years.

With her daughter all grown up and married, single mom Kelly Baron can start her new life in North Carolina, responsible only for herself. But first she must help her mother by returning to the small Indiana town she fled years ago.

Newly divorced lawyer, Rob Scott, seeks solace in his small-town roots. The last thing he's looking for is a relationship—until he runs into Kelly, and the secret she's been keeping from him for twenty-one years.

Book Review by Jenn Shanks Pray
Jan 22, 2011   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
182 people found the following review helpful
Everyone should get a second chance at first love! So why is it that mistakes that take minutes to make take decades to recover from? Jan Scarbrough explores the depths to which one woman will go to keep the secret that started twenty-one years ago in A FATHER AT LAST. This engaging tale contains a broken heroine learning to heal herself and a strong-willed hero willing to fight for the right to start anew.

Plain, shy Kelly Baron goes out with popular Rob Scott right before high school graduation. Their secret tryst results in Kelly getting pregnant. Unwilling to name the father, she was shipped off to her aunt, where she received the love she needed to overcome her parents' cold treatment and demoralization, and raise her daughter. Twenty-one years later, she is poised to start her life over with her daughter grown and married. All she has to do is return to her hometown and help her mom pack up her house. This should be a piece of cake, except for the fact that Rob Scott has moved back to town, is single and has his eye on her. Oh, and his father is marrying her mother!

Rob and Kelly's chemistry smolders in that way that first love re-found only can. The complication of her mother and his father adds some comic relief on one level. Kelly's fear of reprisal when Rob finds out about their daughter colors every encounter they have. The reader becomes complicit in her deception and the weight of her guilt detracts from some enjoyment of the story overall. Experiencing Kelly's fight to overcome her fears, to reach for that happy ever after that her mother finds, makes the story worth the angst. The only question remains, will Rob forgive her fears? Will Kelly continue to deny herself the potential love brings?

With a story that rings so true, the reader will feel like they had heard it at the local beauty parlor. The craft of this author keeps this story novel. The dialogue and character development leads this story into an emotional journey without growing overly melodramatic or Hallmark Channel schmaltz!

In a nutshell, this sweet romance speaks to those who fear, those who hide truths and those who have lost hope and yet somehow hope to find it. Jan Scarbrough rewards with romance and redemption and her next endeavor is eagerly awaited.
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