An Unexpected Blessing

Debra St. John
An Unexpected Blessing
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The Wild Rose Press
Release Date
November 2012
Contemporary Romance

Single Mom Katy Roth thinks life can't get any worse. In the past six months she's been let go at work, had to move back home with her parents, and found out her ex is cutting his child support payment. As Thanksgiving approaches, she finds little to be thankful for in a life that is quickly spinning out of control.

Joe Mason is the town's bad boy. Literally. He's just returned from a four year stint in prison. He wants nothing more than to put the past behind him and get on with his life. He's had a secret crush on Katy since grade school, but when Katy's parents hire him to be their handyman, she's less than thrilled to have him around.

But soon, through her young son's eyes, Katy discovers the good in Joe. As their feelings for one another deepen, small town gossip and prejudice threaten to ruin everything. Will Joe's past come between them, or will they be able to get beyond it and hold onto a love neither expected?

Book Review by debra taylor (reviewer)
Jan 12, 2013   [ OFFICIAL REVIEW ]
188 people found the following review helpful
It's hard to outrun your past in a small town. Joe Mason finds that out the hard way when the ex con returns to his hometown after a four-year prison stint. Joe's just looking for a fresh start but not even his old friends can look him in the eye. The Roth family's offer of a job and a place to stay are the answer to his prayer.

Single mom Katy Roth moved back home with her parents after she lost her job a few months ago. She's very protective of her young son and her parents and is disturbed to learn that her parents have hired an ex-con to help out around the house. It's difficult for her to trust Joe around her family and it's those fears that cause her to treat Joe less than kind. But it's not only her parents that see the good in Joe. Katy's son, Kyle, idolizes Joe. Soon, Katy herself starts to see that the ex-con has a good heart. Before long, Joe and Katy are dating. But they have a lot of obstacles in the way of their relationship. Katy's ex husband and the people in town make it hard for Joe to prove that he's on the straight and narrow path.

I enjoyed this story. The author did a good job of portraying the reality of living in a small community. Your life is an open book and people have long memories. And people are remembered more for their infamous deeds than the good ones. Ms St. John addressed a very difficult subject in this book, and she told the story with grace and sensitivity.

Last but not least, the romance between Joe and Katy was very believable and Ms. St. John handled it in a tender manner. So I'm giving the book four stars and I look forward to reading more from this author.
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