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Holiday shop owner Carol Baker infuses her business and her life with peace and good will But she has secrets from her past that make her all the determined to someday have a family of her own She never expects a sweltering July heat wave to bring the gift of a baby girl who needs a mother's loveand a man who need. 35 StarsFirst let me ramble on a bit before I start my review The book cover in Goodreads for Some Kind of Wonderful is not the one downloaded onto my kindle The cover I received was of a man and woman simultaneously kissing the checks of the cutest blue and wide eyed baby you could ever imagine Yeah I know that you shouldn t judge a book by its cover but I ll freely admit that I am a sucker for a good oneCarol Baker was forced into the child services system at the age of ten when her parents were killed in a tragic car accident Since she had no other family she lived her life in a couple of foster homes but finally settling her older teen years in an orphanage until she was basically emancipated at 18 After working hard and saving her money Carol moved to Christmas Ca where everyday is Christmas filled with tourists bombarding the town each day in preparation for the big event One night as Carol was walking her dog uinn she heard a baby crying from none other than the town s manger This is where she discovers a baby girl who has been abandoned Carroll s experience in the child care system is not a place she wants this beautiful bundle of joy to end up so she arranges to have herself appointed as a foster parent until the mother can be foundWhen temporary sheriff Jake Reilly goes out to investigate who abandoned a baby in the town manger he had no idea he wound meet his match For two years now he has been wallowing in pity over an incident while he was on the police force in LA He knows he is a crabby mess even without his mother and siblings constantly reminding him but he will only be in Christmas for a month or so and then he will take off for parts unknown No attachments no emotions and certainly no relationships As we all know things rather happen the way we plan so when he noticed Carol Baker has a vacant furnished apartment he snaps at the chance to get out from under his mother s roof He knows this single action has the potential to go extremely wrong but he is desperate enough that he doesn t careThese two shattered souls just might find redemption in the presence of a beautiful baby girl and in each other The uestion is whether or not it will be enough to overcome each of their pasts and survive the return of the mother who abandoned her baby I enjoyed this read especially because of all of the family interactions I also enjoyed the resiliency of Carol Baker I will admit that at times the character of Jack got on my nerves and I didn t immediately feel a connection between him the baby or Carol but in the end he redeemed himself I also feel that this book would have been a lot successful if the mood hadn t been so serious and ominous A little humor goes a long way in making any book better In the end I am glad I followed my intuition and decided to read this book all because of the cover Lol

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R Liz begin to bring him back to life But the past has a way of coming back again and the dark places of the heart have a way of staying hidden Still good things have a way of happening in Christmas and if the Reillys have anything to say about it what develops between Carol and Jack will be some kind of wonderful. I liked it The characters kept my interest I was actually surprised that this was not part of a series since a few of the secondary characters seemed to be set up for itHowever I was a little annoyed that the heroine was claiming that she d never been told she was loved and that she had never experienced a Christmas morning with gifts etc She was 10 years old when her parents died and we are led to believe that she had a happy childhood with them She was definitely old enough to remember

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S to heal his wounded soulEx LAPD copy Jack Reilly's back in town temporarily to fill in for the ailing local sheriff Haunted by the tragedy that made him leave Los Angeles Jack doesn't believe in forever His sassy landlady Carol with her year round Chistmas spirit gorgeous smile and adorable little foster daughte. Some Kind of Wonderful is full of interesting characters people you d want to be friends with in real life Carol Baker moved to Christmas California two years ago and has a successful shop selling candles and keepsakes and Christmas themed decorations She has carved out a happy life for herself in this weird little tourist town I say weird because I m not sure I would want to live there myself The entire town stays decorated for Christmas all year round There is a permanent Nativity scene set up in the town suare the local businesses include the Reindeer Cafe the Ho Ho Hotel Elve s Hardware and Christmas Carol s the heroine s store and the streets have names such as North Pole and Jingle Bell Way Jack Reilly grew up in Christmas and is back in town temporarily to fill in for the local sheriff who has been ill Jack used to be an LAPD cop but left the force and he took this temporary position very grudgingly He s anxious for the sheriff to come back to work so he can get back out of town He s surly and always scowling with shadows in his eyesOne night Carol is walking her dog through the town suare and finds a baby lying in the Nativity scene s manger A real live baby only a few hours old She takes the baby to her friend Phoebe s clinic and that s when she meets Jack who is of course called to investigate Jack s sister Maggie is the local county welfare officer and when Carol volunteers to be the baby s temporary emergency foster mother Maggie agrees Having grown up in the foster care system Carol has always longed for home and family She doesn t expect to keep baby Liz forever she is just determined that the baby not wind up at a group home where row upon row of babies lie in cribs waiting for someone to pay attention to them Carol and Jack are of course attracted to each other but Jack keeps her at a distance while moping around and glaring at everyone Honestly what is it about a man like Jack that is so appealing I ve not actually known one in real life but I do love a moody angtsy hero in a romance novel I was swept up in this story pretty uickly and really enjoyed the author s voice Lots of humor While the identity of the biological mother of the baby isn t revealed until the last uarter of the book it was pretty obvious early one who she was at least to the reader though not to the other characters But I think the author intended for us to figure it out as she slowly fleshed that character out and made us sympathize with her The ending was predictable and a little sappy but then I would have been upset if it had ended any differently Well actually that s not uite accurate SPOILER ALERT In my mind I pictured Carol taking both mother and baby under her wing letting them both live with her and taking care of baby while mom went to college but not actually adopting the baby as her own child But then I kind of forgot about Jack becoming a part of Carol s life also because my mind left him out of that scenario So obviously the author knew better than me how to end the story This is the first book I ve read by Maureen Child and when I looked at her back list on her website I realized that she has written a lot of books Many of them are of the HarleuinSilhouette variety but I m eager to find her other contemporary novels firstI purchased this book at a library book sale based on the cover which caught my eye


10 thoughts on “Some Kind of Wonderful

  1. says:

    The absolutely adorable baby on the cover is what made me decide to pick this one up but it's Jack Carol and baby Liz that kept me turning the pages Some Kind Of Wonderful is all kinds of heartwarming It's a romantic steam

  2. says:

    35 StarsFirst let me ramble on a bit before I start my review The book cover in Goodreads for Some Kind of Wonderful is not the one downloaded onto my kindle The cover I received was of a man and woman simultaneously kissing the checks of the cutest blue and wide eyed baby you could ever imagine Yeah I know that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover; but I'll freely admit that I am a sucker for a good oneCarol Baker was forced i

  3. says:

    This was an freebie and a solid 4 star read for me What made the story for me was our heroine Carol Although she has a tragic back story she ev

  4. says:

    Some Kind of Wonderful is full of interesting characters people you'd want to be friends with in real life Carol Baker mo

  5. says:

    This was a short novella that I really liked I liked the small town of Christmas the adorable giant dog uinn and the brief glimpse of the close knit Reilly familyWhat I loved about Some Kind Of Wonderful was Carol Baker She was so funny and op

  6. says:

    Every romantic should read this book every Christmas Start a new traditionThis is a truly heart warming love story with real people real problems The town of Christmas California is the most clever setting imaginable for

  7. says:

    This was of a story than I had anticipated In the very beginning the triteness of a town called Christmas disappointed me but I read on and now except for the everyone knows everything part I want to live thereA story about a woman who had nothing and no one and bad things in her past who meets a man who had everything

  8. says:

    I liked it The characters kept my interest I was actually surprised that this was not part of a series since a few of the secondary characters seemed to be set up for itHowever I was a little annoyed that the heroine was claiming that

  9. says:

    It was a nice story but it rates only two stars due to all of the profanity It was on every single page even from the priest and the 17 year old girl Absolutely no reason for it

  10. says:

    How do you sleep when this book is too good to put downHaving never read anything by Child I was not sure of this book the cover settled it and so I went into the night with these fabulous characters I used a half a box of tissues and finished the book at 430 in the morning I could have been uoted by someone at 1 am that I hated books that were so good that I could not put them down There is a baby found in s Nativity