Wednesday, January 1, 2014

REVIEW: ADAM'S BOYS BY ANNA CLIFTON

For fans of Kat Martin and Debbie Macomber comes a story of family and redemption...

Wrong girl — wrong time? Adam’s fling with Abbie just weeks after the death of his wife may have been all wrong, but their time together gave him the strength to return home to his newborn son, Pete, and start their new life together. 

Wrong guy — wrong time? Abbie's fling with Adam may have been all wrong, but their time together gave her Henry, the sunshine in her life, and although Adam is long gone, Abbie can never regret the time they spent together. 

But two wrongs don't necessarily make a right. Adam Cooper is back, and when he learns the truth about his unknown son, he is hell-bent on creating a home and family for his boys, even if it means blackmailing Abbie into taking part. 
Abbie has scars from her own tumultuous childhood, and losing Henry would destroy her. But with only mistrust and pain to bind them, can she and Adam ever find a way through regret to love and the family they could be?

ebook118 pages
Published September 1st 2013 by Escape Publishing
Source: received from publisher via Netgalley for review

Our Review---
Netgalley brought this gem to our attention and now I'm happy to bring it to yours! We've read several novellas in the past week and some have been really good and this is definitely one that is REALLY GOOD. :) yeah! And I love the cover! Love it! 

Adam and Abbie had a fling. He leaves and she ends up knocked up. Almost 5 years later work brings Adam back to Australia (from England) where Abbie reveals that he has another son (he has a son with his now deceased wife). You can imagine the shock he feels from the news. You can imagine the fear Abbie feels at revealing this news so late in the game. 


I felt for Abbie but less than Adam because she had kept that secret for a long time, yes...but she made that decision. I felt so sorry for Adam just reading the blurb because he is half a world away from a child he doesn't know about. The circumstances are messy, so it was easy to get sucked into the story right away! 

Honestly, this story could've gone so many ways. Adam could've handled the news way differently than he did. Abbie could've reacted to his shock differently too...but all in all, I think they handled it pretty damn well, considering. While there were definite moments of anger, bitterness, sadness, and worry, there were also refreshingly candid and sweet moments. If only all people who brought children in the world could handle issues with the care that these two did (once they got past the initial deceit, that is), we'd definitely have a happier world. The conundrum for these two is how to move forward with their sons in a way that is good for all parties involved. They figure some things out...it gets messy..but a resolution is definitely found by the end.


Totally. The boys were probably the funnest part for me. Henry and Peter are young boys but they did give a lot more life to the story than I think even their parents are able to. Communication is the killer again for these two, and isn't it so funny how things start working out when people start talking to one another in an open way? So. Funny. 

For a short novel, the story is well thought out and doesn't feel rushed or skimpy on details. I love how it ends--it just feels 'right'. I do have to say I wish there would have been a little more detail on their time together in the before he left, instead of it just being referred to. Yeah, that is my biggest deal with what was missing for me. Other than that...I'm glad it didn't drag on forever, and was the perfect length for the after portion on if they'll find their way back to one another! 


Shelley: 4 Stars
Courtney: 3 1/2 Stars

About the Author---

Anna Clifton is a lawyer by trade and a mother to three children and a couple of cats. Her husband is not quite sure how her compulsive writing squeezes itself into the family schedule, but like all good heroes he knows better than to stand in the way of the woman he loves on a mission. Anna lives in Sydney but escapes with her family as often as possible to Far North Queensland where she loves to sit with a glass of wine in her hand and watch her husband do the thing she hates doing most - cooking!


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