Secret Father by Suz DeMello

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I discovered Secret Father in a group where other authors were promoting their Kindle ebooks. I was attracted to the cover and the summary of the book caught my attention so I bought it.

I knew nothing about the author, Suz deMello, until I finished reading and saw the impressive collection of work that she has written.

As soon as I started reading,  I appreciated the skill with which she drew the reader into the reality of the characters and I really enjoyed the book.

I felt Linda Travers conflicting emotions. I could feel her shock when she realised that her new client was Dave Madsen, the man who had taken off for the Amazon, without a word, after they had spent a passionate night after the end-of-the-term college grad party. That night had meant a lot to her—Dave had been her hero, her unrequited love, since he had saved her life when she was 13 years old. But he had no recollection of who she actually was when they fell onto his bed that night…the night that had left her pregnant and on her own.

While Dave was roaming the Amazon and following his dream, her life had changed forever. She was never carefree like the rest of the people her age; she struggled to make it through her pregnancy, get her training as a physical therapist and raise their son, Mac—the son he knew nothing of. He had played no role in their life through those difficult years and she had survived without his support. Now that he had come back to town she knew that she had to tell him about the child—and she had to tell her son that his father had returned from the Amazon.

I related to her conflicting feelings. Dave definitely wanted to be a part of their son’s life, but while sexual magnetism tugged to pull them together, she was not certain if he actually cared about her.  She was torn as she watched Mac and Dave bond. Sometimes happy for them, sometimes angry and resentful, sometimes feeling shut out, Linda had so many things to work through, and she often reacted with insecurity, and was less than straight forward.

Dave, on the other hand, was unfailingly honest, and he saw things through a prism of simple facts.

Mac had problems of his own. He was a good kid, but he had a lot of adjusting to do too. He was awed at having a dad, but he also had always been the center of attention with his mother. Like all kids, he tried to play both ends against the middle between his parents until Dave caught on.

The characters in Secret Father are very believable—quite honestly I really liked Dave, and I felt for Linda.  Sexual tension oozed between them, but there was no graphic sex. Mac was a six-year-old kid; a charmer and a little devil at times. One thing that I really enjoyed was sharing the growth of the characters as they found their way.

Be sure to read this great book. It has plenty of real emotion, enough twists and curves to keep the reader interested and it took me to places that I hadn’t expected.

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