Somebody's Baby

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Somebody's Baby

A Darling, VT Novel, #3

Baggage. Every person has baggage. They usually adapt and learn to work around it. Some actually fare rather well – using their baggage as sort of a learning tool – and nobody is the wiser about their past – their baggage. Others have a difficult time getting past it. Their baggage is a sort of roadblock to success, to the future. Life is about adapting, short and simple. In SOMEBODY’S BABY Donna Alward truly and honestly tackles the prospect of the lives of two people whose baggage has defined their lives. SOMEBODY’S BABY completes an awesome series about the magic healing powers of love with just a little touch of magic thrown in for good measure. Obviously Donna Alward believes in love, romance and passion. Her works are testament to these tenets. Each book in this series won my heart and made me a devote fan.

In Darling VT there is a Kissing Bridge – yes I am capitalizing it since it is a destination of many young lovers hoping that the magic of that bridge will make their love last forever. Beautiful sentiment and the people of Darling seem to have some proof that that magic is alive and well and they are not embarrassed to use it as a center for their tourism plans. Oaklee Collier is one of the people spearheading that campaign. As such we have seen how driven and imaginative Oaklee is.

Poor Oaklee is actually a very accomplished actress. She has everyone in Darling believing she is a self-assured, socially outgoing woman. She practically exudes confidence in her dealings with the people of this small town. Her abilities on social networking have brought about some wondrous successes for the town and several businesses. She a home town girl who seems content working in what is a small market when her talents could certainly earn bigger bucks and have more far reaching accolades in a large city. So then why did I call her Poor Oaklee. Well it seems that she has a big secret that is going to stay that way. But Oaklee has let that secret diminish her life in many ways.

Her brother Cam’s best friend Rory Gallagher has been a part of Oaklee’s life – well forever. Rory had been her teenage crush when they were kids. Oaklee was that kid that relentlessly followed Rory and Cam everywhere. Rory was fine with watching out for Oaklee when Cam left for the NHL. But he never counted on having anything other than sort of brotherly feelings for her.

Both Rory and Oaklee have been burned in the love department. Each took a very different approach to their social life based on their unfortunate experiences.

Rory became known as a sort of social butterfly. The steady stream of dates was the fodder for quite a lot of town gossip. Rory went on a lot of first dates. And he seemed just fine with that status quo. He absolutely wasn’t looking to ever put his heart out there again. He was one of the walking wounded as they say.

Oaklee took the opposite tack. Outward appearances aside Oaklee lend a rather lonely life outside of her job. Her job was her only outlet for social contact it seems. If she was being honest with herself she didn’t really have many friends – more like business acquaintances. And for a long time that was just fine with her.

SOMEBODY’S BABY is about self-discovery – which isn’t always so attractive – and getting yourself out of a self-imposed rut. And Donna Alward made it her mission to help Oaklee and Rory find themselves and if along the way they happen to fall in love – well all the better. After all I can’t think of a better matchmaker than Donna Alward and in SOMEBODY’S BABY she definitely has her work cut out for her. You are absolutely guaranteed to fall in love with all the folk in this series. And I know that SOMEBODY’S BABY is the last of the series but you are definitely going to wish there was more.

Book Blurb for Somebody's Baby

Veterinarian Rory Gallagher chose a different path from his brothers, both of whom became first responders in the lovely little town of Darling, Vermont. Rory's always had an affinity for animals--and the ladies. Known for his impressive track record in breaking hearts, Rory never meant to hurt anyone; he's just never been in a hurry to settle down. It's not as if he needs to pay a visit to the town's famed Kissing Bridge to magically find love. He'll know The One when he sees her...right?

Oaklee Collier is the kid sister of Rory's best friend--and, even now that she's all grown up, remains immune to the pet-doctor's charms. When she shows up at Rory's clinic late one night--devastated after hitting a stray dog with her car--Rory's so-called "bedroom eyes" are the last thing on her mind. Still, his care and kindness toward the dog, and his concern for her feelings, catches Oaklee by surprise. . .and soon the two (and rescued dog makes three!) begin to share a deep connection that neither could have ever imagined. Could it be that love has been waiting for them by the bridge all along?

Night Owl Reviews Feb, 2017 4.50