Saturday, April 2, 2016

The Firefighter Daddy

From Bachelor to Father

The Firefighter Daddy 
Published March 22nd 2016
 by Love Inspired  


Firefighter Liam McGregory is used to staring down fivealarm fires—but becoming a father to his two little nieces has him sending out a call for help. When the girls return a lost pup to its beautiful owner, Liam thinks widow Sarah Blackburn is just the person he needs—or who the children need. He's promised to never marry again. ' Sarah takes his deal: she'll watch his kids and he'll watch her menagerie of pets—but the new father is off-limits. But two determined little matchmakers can be hard to resist when they need a mom to make one big happy family…

For the Lord is good;
His mercy everlasting, 
And his truth endures all generations.
~Psalm 100:5

My Thoughts:

This is the first book in a new series that Margaret Daley is writing about singe dads and the support group they attend.  I must say after this book I am anxious to read the next books in the series. 
I absolutely loved the cover.  I know for most people a dog is man's best friend, but at my house our cat rules so that's one of the reasons I liked the cover.  Also when I saw the little girls I really wanted to hear their story.  
 When I opened this book I was immediately drawn to Sarah and Liam. Both showed their strength of character immediately.  Sarah, although not being ready, returned home to Buffalo, Oklahoma to help her mother care for her aging grandmother.  She is still dealing with grief over the loss of her husband and the constant reminder of their lives together is very difficult for her to deal with.  Liam has moved from Dallas after the loss of his brother to take over guardianship of his small nieces.  Moving to a place where he basically has no friends and into a father role that he has no clue about.  
Liam know immediately he needs help and turns to a support group at church for single dads.  For the past 6 months this group has developed into more than a support group for him, because he's also developed lasting friendships.  I like that for a bachelor even Liam knows that it's not easy being both mother and father to a child and sometimes impossible.  He loves the girls and is glad to step up and make a difference in their lives. 
Sarah is a character that will grab you by the heart.  She was happily married to her high school sweetheart and expecting her first child when the accident robbed her of both.  In a state of almost debilitating grief she makes a choice to live, but in order to do that she needs to leave the place where all her memories, good and bad, are.  
After leaving Buffalo her grief was much easily handled, but with her grandmother having health problems Sarah agrees to move back home, Buffalo, to help her mother out.  Everyday she is reminded of her loss and each day gets harder and harder. 
I loved this story. 
This is a sweet story with well integrated secondary characters. The author shows both the turmoil and raw/real emotions the engaging characters have.  This is a story that can evoke both laughter and tears. 
I would recommend this to anyone who loves a clean romance with a few twists and turns.  
*I received this book from the author for a honest review without bias or outside influence.  I was not required to write a positive review.  

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Meet the Author:

Margaret Daley 
 Margaret Daley is an award winning, multi-published author in the romance genre. One of her romantic suspense books, Hearts on the Line, won the American Christian Fiction Writers’ Book of the Year Contest. Recently she has won the Golden Quill Contest, FHL’s Inspirational Readers’ Choice Contest, Winter Rose Contest, Holt Medallion and the Barclay Gold Contest. She wrote for various secular publishers before the Lord led her to the Christian romance market. She currently writes inspirational romance and romantic suspense books for the Steeple Hill Love Inspired lines, romantic suspense for Abingdon Press and historical romance for Summerside Press. She has sold ninety-two books to date.
Margaret was the President for American Christian Fiction Writers (ACFW), an organization of over 2600 members. She was one of the founding members of the first ACFW local chapter, WIN in Oklahoma. She has taught numerous classes for online groups, ACFW and RWA chapters. She enjoys mentoring other authors.
Until she retired a few years ago, she was a teacher of students with special needs for twenty-seven years and volunteered with Special Olympics as a coach. She currently is on the Outreach committee at her church, working on several projects in her community as well as serving on her church’s vestry.
On a more personal note, she has been married for over forty years to Mike and has one son and four granddaughters. She treasures her time with her family and friends.

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