Mixed Blessings (Love Inspired) Mass Market Paperback – 1 Jul 2004
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I think Ms. Hake showed real insight when she showed how Marie wanted to have a relationship with Luke, who was her biological son but at the same time at first was threatened by Peter's desire to have a relationship with Ricky, who was his biological son. For the sake of her son she was able to overcome this jealousy but the acknowledgement that she experienced it, even briefly, added to the credibility of this story.
This book did not delve as much as I would have hoped into the dynamics of "blended" families and was not "deep" reading but I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it and that is why I read...for enjoyment. Guess that's why I don't give two hoots in Hades for what the "experts" say in their reviews and why I don't care what Oprah recommends or what makes the Bestseller list.
I am hoping there is a story about Sandy in the near future and that her book also gives me another glimpse of Luke and Ricky! This book is a keeper!
The beginning was a bit rushed. Within just a couple hours Peter had accepted the truth - it was almost immediate and I wasn't comfortable with how quickly it happened.
The middle was great, though Marie DID get on my nerves. It seemed she wouldn't work with Peter at all. I felt sorry for Peter, who didn't have much of a choice except to try to get through to Marie. But after thier marriage of convenience, things really started moving along.
The ending was a bit cheesy - especially the "I have your son" part...But it was all good.
There was a side story about Marie's sister who had been inured in a surfing accident and about a tragedy that had hit Peter's family when he was a kid. There was also a salvation as a result of all that had happened which only added to the story.
I give this story five because it deserves more than a four, but I'd have to take away a little because of the rushed beginning and the cheesy ending...
My favorite parts was Peter calling Marie "Sweetheart" and "Honey." I thought that was totally sweet. I also loved how he took her shopping. What a sweety!