Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Unexpected Gifts by Holly Jacobs

In the past two years, I've read at least seven of Holly Jacobs' romances. Unexpected Gifts, the twenty-eighth she's written for Harlequin Books, is filled with the same type of likable, loving characters that drew me to her earlier books.

Fifteen years ago, Elinore (Eli) Cartwright, a teacher in the George County School District in Pennsylvania, saw the need for a teen parenting programming in the largely rural county. In all those years working with single mothers, she never thought she'd be in the same boat. But, at forty-four, she found herself pregnant, with an older, stuffy boyfriend, who never wanted to be a father, and had no interest in a baby. Her break-up with Arthur, along with her intent to help one of her students, put her together with Zac Keller.

Zac, the manager of his family's chain of grocery stores, had been interested in Eli, but he wouldn't poach as long as she was dating Arthur. As one of six adopted children, he came from a close, loving family, and that's what he hoped to have someday. Although Eli just wanted to be friends, Zac hoped he could eventually persuade her he was interested in her, and her baby. Eli sees more problems than Zac, because she's offering Arthur every chance to have a relationship with his child. And, she knows she's ten years older than Zac. Zac only hopes she'll see he loves her.

Eli's students, her friends and family, and Zac's family, all hope for the best for them. And, those characters add to the warmth and charm of this book. From the very beginning, it's obvious that the relationship will work out for Zac and Eli. And, it's that big, loving family, of adopted brothers and sisters, that offer glimpses of hope. Unexpected Gifts is the story of two people falling in love, despite problems. Zac sums the book up beautifully. "Life happens. What truly defines us as people is how we handle what life throws at us." And, when Holly Jacobs writes more romances, I'll treat them as Unexpected Gifts.

Holly Jacobs' website is www.hollyjacobs.com

Unexpected Gifts by Holly Jacobs. Harlequin, ©2009. ISBN 9780373783465 (paperback), 320p.


*****

FTC Full Disclosure - I received Unexpected Gifts from the author, with hopes I would review it.

14 comments:

Elizabeth Spann Craig said...

Great review! I like the storyline behind this book and the realism of it all.."life happens" and we all work at keeping our relationships strong when problems arise.

Elizabeth
Mystery Writing is Murder

Lesa said...

Thanks, Elizabeth. Holly always has terrific characters in her books, and, there is a realism in most of her romances.

HollyJacobs said...

Lesa, Oh, thanks so much for the review...and really thanks for the kind words!!

Holly

Ingrid King said...

Looks like another winner for the Christmas reading list. I've not read anything by Holly Jacobs, but this review definitely makes me want to check her out.

Mason Canyon said...

What an inspiring story for the holiday season. Thanks for introducing me to another great author. I can see this book being good Christmas surprise gifts.

Lesa said...

You're welcome, Holly! And, I'm looking forward to the Everything But...book as well.

Lesa said...

The nice thing is, Ingrid, it has a Christmas cover, but it isn't really a Christmas book. You can read it anytime.

Lesa said...

Hi Mason,

Yes, it would be a nice gift for Christmas. Holly's books are always comfortable romances.

caite said...

so, she is a cougar too?
I am not really a fan of romances, but this one sounds rather sweet.

Lesa said...

I hadn't thought of that, Caite, but, yes, she's a cougar!

I don't read a lot of romance, but I'm a Holly Jacobs fan.

Barb said...

Sounds like a good book, I'll have to read it!

Lesa said...

If you like a nice story, Barb, this will fit the bill. Sometimes, it's just great to find an enjoyable book, with nice characters, and a happy ending. (I hate books with unhappy endings.)

hampers said...

Thanks for sharing the Unexpected Gifts by Holly Jacobs review. It was nice going through your blog. Will buy my copy soon.

Lesa said...

Thank you! Hampers, I hope you come back and read other blog entries in the future. Enjoy Unexpected Gifts!