There’s never been a better time to pick up a feel-good book and A Mother for His Twins by Jill Weatherholt was the perfect remedy for me. Weatherholt’s book is part of the Harlequin Heartwarming Inspirational Romance novels, in which modern characters with real-life problems learn to let go of sadness and past mistakes, to grab that second chance at love.
In this story, Joy Kelliher is a first-grade teacher in the small town of Virginia’s Whispering Slopes, nestled in the Shenandoah Mountains. She’s working on her master’s degree because her biggest dream is to honor her father’s legacy and become principal of the school. Sure she will never have a family of her own, Joy’s work and being around children has taken on a profound importance.
Then Nick Capello returns to Whispering slopes and Joy’s life is turned upside down. They were high school sweethearts, with plans to marry, but he’d left town suddenly and with no explanation fourteen years earlier. Now he’s back with young twin sons and is vying for the same principal job.
Readers hope that Joy and Nick will find their way back to each other, but each faces unique and shared hurdles of deeply-buried pain, anger, resentment, jealousy and misunderstandings. In addition, both have questioned their faith when bad things have happened to them.
I enjoyed this polished and loving story, the characters and community of Whispering Slopes, a place that offers the appeal of small-town living, and where friends and family care about each other. Weatherholt writes smartly with both humor and realism and, through Joy and Nick, shows readers that there is a way to get past hurt and loss.
In a note to readers after the book, Weatherholt talks about how her characters get trapped in the “if only” mindset. “If and only—two words that can start a person down the road of self-doubt.” There’s always a way to start down a new road and this story shows how.
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