Thursday, January 15, 2009

Book Review: Once Upon a Family

Once Upon a Family (Fostered by Love) by Margaret Daley Love Inspired #393 – Apr 07

This was a great book to start the Fostered by Love series (see below). This author has an affinity for people and animals that are in any way disadvantaged whether physically, mentally or emotionally. It shines through her books like no other author I’ve read. She uses this first book in the series to set the stage for the other 2 which all centre around the need for good loving foster homes for kids that need shelter for whatever the reason.

In Once Upon a Family, Laura Williams is trying to get her life back together after a traumatic experience just prior to her husband’s death. Abused and disillusioned by a man she thought would protect her, she arrives in Cimarron City, Oklahoma with her 4 kids and accepts her aunt’s offer of a rent-free duplex. Laura doesn’t want to accept her aunt’s charity, but her children need a home and her aunt needs care so it’s more like an exchange, anyway.

It doesn’t help that within 2 wks of hitting town, Laura’s heading to the high school principal’s office in response to some trouble her son has been involved with. It also doesn’t help that Principal Stone is one good looking man who seems to want to get to know her and her kids better. But wait – he’s mentioned he’ll never marry again but he wants kids – that’s couldn’t be the real reason he’s paying her attention...could it?

Peter Stone is still hurting after his ex-wife’s betrayal 3 yrs ago. He doesn’t think he can ever trust a woman again – even one that he really likes being around. But her twins make him laugh and her son is crying out for help. Peter has the skills to relate to Laura’s troubled teen on a level she can’t. Peter also has a farm with a bunch of abandoned animals that Laura’s son has an affinity toward.

It seems like the animals might be the key to break down the walls her son is hiding behind. Will Peter be able to do the same for Laura?

Heat level: Affectionate

My Rating: Great - 4 stars (a keeper)

Fostered by Love:

1 – Once Upon a Family – Apr 07 – Peter Stone and Laura Williams
2 – Heart of the Family – Dec 07 – Dr. Jacob Hartman and Hannah Smith
3 – Family Ever After – May 08 – Noah Maxwell and Cara Winters

2009 Harlequin 100,000 Book Challenge: 4 books read

Harlequin Imprint: 4, Others: 0


  1. This book looks very interesting!
    Thanks for the review.
    All the best,

  2. Hey Caroline, the author of this book, Margaret Daley, is an auto-buy for me. I know it's going to be good and entertaining no matter which book of hers I read.

    And of course, the gorgeous cover with the kids thrilled to be on the horses is a treat in itself.

    Thanks for stopping by.


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