I wasn't sure if this was a novel I wanted to read or not but after reading brief description of it in "RT" I took a chance and purchased it anyway; I'm so glad I did. In the normal scope of life first comes love, then marriage and then baby. This novel does not fall into the normal scope.
Beautiful and eccentric rancher, Annie Hollister decided to leave the high paced life of advertising and return to the ranch her grandparents left her to enjoy a life she loves, fresh air, trees, grass, animals, etc. After returning to the ranch Annie's biological clock is ticking loud and clear but she sees no man she'd want to have a child with so decides to go to a fertility facility and have a child on her own. Annie has a beautiful baby girl, Madeline, by means of artificial insemination believing that the donor signed an agreement stating that he would not be a presence in her or her child's lives. Things don't always work out like we want.
Handsome and determined attorney Jake Chastaine discovers he has fathered child (in fact Annie's child) because of an unscrupulous doctor who uses Jake' sperm which Jake and his wife had hoped to use one day but sadly that day never comes as his wife is killed before the deed can be performed.
Once Jake finds Annie Hollister and has gotten a look at Madeline who happens to be the spitting image of himself he decides he wants to be a part of this child's life is every sense of word and will do anything to attain that goal even if it means a court battle.
Annie's afraid of losing Madeline and initially wants to leave town as she wants no part of Jake but she gets sick and guess who ends up taking care of Madeline, right, Jake and that's when things slowly begin to change to the normal scope. Jake has a tough time dealing with a very active 14-month-old baby who gets into everything a toddler can get into but Jake eventually gets the hang of things. When Annie is released from the hospital she realizes that it might not be so bad having Jake in Madeline's life. The story continues in the normal scope: first comes like, then love, and then marriage but getting there is no easy road for these two very different people but they do say that opposites attract. This is a wonderful novel filled with much humor and love that will leave you feeling wonderful all over. I enjoyed it Baby Oh Baby so very much and you will too.