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    Review of A FAMILY FOR DANIEL by Anna DeStefano (see her website) ****


    Harlequin Superromance #1280, June 2005

    Amy Loar, climbing the corporate ladder in Atlanta, and Joshua White, a school principle in tiny Sweetbrook, share little except a past as best friends. But when their two children--Amy's daughter Becky and Josh's nephew Daniel--get in trouble together at school, they have a mutual problem, and they have to work together to solve it. Along the way, they rediscover their closeness, which blossoms into something far deeper and more complex.

    Amy has recently escaped a verbally abusive husband and is committed to building a secure life for herself and Becky the only way she knows how--pursuing a big-city career with dogged determination. She knows Becky is getting the short end of the stick in terms of her time and attention, but only until this one big project is over. Josh has all the financial security he needs, and more. But it's not enough for Daniel, whose father was physically abusive. Daniel is holding everything inside, and unless he confides in someone, his horrible father stands a good chance of regaining custody.

    I loved this book for its many complex issues, and I agonized with Amy over what was the right thing to do. These characters faced so many difficult choices. Getting into the viewpoints of the troubled children added dimension to the story, and their triumphs were all the sweeter because of the pain they'd faced. A great, emotional read; a quality sophomore effort from an author to watch.

    See more reviews of novels by Anna DeStefano.

    Four Stars

    Reviewed 6/14/05

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