Saturday, January 9, 2010

The Family Way by Jayne Ann Krentz

Expecting a baby was supposed to be the most incredible thing in her life, but for Pru Kenyon, it was bittersweet. Her relationship with live-in love Case McCord was both exciting and deeply satisfying. But Pru knew Case wasn't willing to take it to the next level of commitment.

Pru wasn't about to force Case's hand by revealing her secret. Sher didn't want him to propose to her out of duty- she wanted him to want her for herself.. So she did the only thing she could... She walked away from the love of her life.

She knew she could have this baby on her own, that she could love her child enough for two. But she hadn't bargained on what Case was willing to do for love.

This is an oldie in my collection of books. I bought a used copy a few years ago, because after reading the one from my library I knew I was going to be going back to it again and again. This is a classic, uncomplicated romantic story. The focus is solely on Pru and Case and their relationship, though Krentz does bring in a hint of mystery with Case's past. Sometimes it's really nice just to take a step back and read a story that doesn't take a lot out of you. The book is contemporary in feel, though it was originally published in 1987 (not surprising, really. I mean, look at that old Harlequin cover!). I was reading another review of it on Amazon, and this particular reader was annoyed because she thought Case was too cold and aloof a character for Pru to fall in love with, but I think I've read stories with much worse heroes. Case might be a little stoic but you can always tell that he cares a lot for Pru and when it can finally say that he loves her at the end of the story you're really touched.

Overall Feeling - Thumbs up. An oldie, but a goodie. A great romance that stands the test of time!

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