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Review – Wanted: A Real Family by Karen Rose Smith

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About the Book:
Genre: contemporary
ISBN: 978-0373657599
Page Count: 224
Price: $ 5.50
Reviewer: Amelia Richard
Sensuality Rating: Sensuous
Star Rating: 4.5 Stars

Author's Website: http://www.karenrosesmith.com/

The Mommy Club miniseries begins with a story filled with dilemmas that seem to increase instead of decline. Just when the heroine thinks her life might change for the better, another setback adds more misery. Though the main couple is not looking to start a serious relationship, inner desires keep pushing them to explore their feelings for the other. Yet doubts will not simply go away unless trust can be established between them. WANTED: A REAL FAMILY is a heartwarming story, where Karen Rose Smith makes the emotions genuine and characters constantly likable.

After the death of her husband, Sara Stevens has done her best to give her daughter a good home, despite the financial burdens. A fire recently claimed almost all her possessions, and though she hates receiving what she feels like is charity, the needs of her daughter come first. A group has arranged for the two of them to stay in the guesthouse located at a local vineyard. The owner’s son made the generous offer, as Jase Cramer already knew Sara because of the physical therapy she previously gave him when he was severely hurt.

When Jase was receiving treatment, much of the advice Sara gave him had to do with rehabilitating his body. However, some of her suggestions helped him to recover emotionally as well. Since she was married at the time, any feelings he had about her remained professional. With her now living nearby for a short time, he starts wondering if there really could be anything meaningful between them. Though Sara does feel very attracted to Jase, she worries about how others will question her motives if she does become involved with the man who is helping her out. Since both of them have trust issues about the opposite sex, forming any kind of relationship will be difficult.

Realistic situations are always depicted in a story by Karen Rose Smith. The families in all Ms. Smith’s stories could be someone who lives in your neighborhood, and the many predicaments they end up facing are also ones that could crop up in the daily lives of ordinary folks. The Mommy Club miniseries is about a group that gives aid to parents who need assistance because of some dire event. Sara definitely qualifies as she cannot make it on her own at the moment because of a devastating fire, and concern for her young daughter has her accepting help from the organization. I liked how family oriented the story always is, as all feelings and requirements are taken into account. Ms. Smith knows how to make the scenes where children are featured come across as accurate, and the responses of her young characters are often important to the adults.

There are quite a few doubts in the relationship between Jase and Sara, as several individuals in each of their past were not always open. Ms. Smith makes these two work for their future happiness, as one challenge after another often causes them to waver amongst a number of choices. Sexual desire is shared by them both, and while she considers many factors before giving in to the temptation, those moments are honestly sincere with much passion. WANTED: A REAL FAMILY is another stirring story from Karen Rose Smith.

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posted Saturday, August 3rd, 2013

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