If you're shopping for a "fluffy" holiday read, better hop off this review. Margaret Daley's book deals with delayed stress reaction in veterans, adoption, divorce, remarriage, ADD, and home-schooling.
A sleigh-load of issues, but don't worry. Daley doesn't dump them in your brain and leave you feeling overwhelmed. This is one believeable, fascinating plot!
Max Connors is the new doctor in small-town Tallgrass, Oklahoma, joining a spot in a medical practice vacated when the husband of Rachel Howard died. Despite a supportive family, Rachel struggles to raise two rambunctious boys and Taylor, her adopted teenaged daughter caught in the high school wasteland of bullies, learning disabilities, and self-esteem struggles.
When Dr. Connors moves into the neighborhood, the Howards delight to show hospitality and gratitude to the man filling a void in the community's medical services. But Dr. Connors has an ulterior motive--to establish a relationship with Taylor, the daughter he'd never gotten to know.
I LOVED Margaret's ability to take a fascinating plot and make it believable by gradually growing the relationship between Taylor and Max, between Max and Rachel. Folks, we've got a romance that has you longing for moments under the mistletoe. Combine that with the gritty issues that lend teachable moments to the book, and you've got a Christmas present that'll have readers going, "Aha!"
"A Daughter for Christmas" will delight any lover of Steeple Hill inspirationals and page-turning romances. However, if your loved ones or friends struggle with "to home school or no," or raising children with disabilities, click "BUY" now! You won't be sorry!
Dr. Max Conners moved from New York to Tallgrass, OK to be a partner a the small town practice. He quickly starts to meet his neighbors, starting with Rachel Howard and her children. There is an instant attraction between the two, although they both fight it. Rachel has been a widow for two years and Max just found out that when his ex-wife divorce him while serving overseas thirteen years ago, she was pregnant and put the baby up for adoption without letting him know. Max traced his daughter to Tallgrass and now wants to be a part of her life.
As the story unfolds, Max learns more than he ever thought he would not only about his new-found daughter, Taylor, but about forgiveness, love and family. As Rachel and her family draw a lonely Max into their caring circle, they teach him it's okay to open his heart, not only to those around him but more importantly, to God.
Margaret's third book in the series addresses a different reason a parent and child make the decision to homeschool. In "A Daughter for Christmas," Taylor is diagnoised with Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity (ADHD) and is struggling in the normal school setting. Not only was each book in the series a delight to read, but it is apparent that Margaret researched each circumstance in depth. I highly recommend "A Daughter for Christmas" to everyone.