A Baby for Easter (Willow Park #2) by Noelle Adams
A Baby for Easter (Willow Park Book 2)
Alice Grantham lost her fiancé and her job, so she’s had to come home to Willow Park to live with her parents. To recover some sense of independence and security, she’s cobbled together different part-time jobs, including one as assistant to the pastor of her hometown church. Nothing seems to be going right for her. Even Micah, the pastor’s brother and the first boy she ever loved, is standoffish with her now.
Micah has always been a prodigal son, but now he’s trying to put that lifestyle behind him. Then a five-month-old daughter he never knew existed is dropped on his doorstep, the result of one of his many one-night stands. He needs help from Alice to care for his daughter, but he can’t let himself hope for anything more from her than that. He can’t help but want it, though…
Since it is Easter today I thought A Baby for Easter would be the perfect read. I read the first book in this series, Married for Christmas, as part of my Christmas reads and really enjoyed it. The author does a good job of having characters who are religious but not making the story a preachy one. The characters are just spiritual, deal with things that come up with their religious beliefs in the forefront as they are very religious, but it is just them being them. A lot of times I find it hard to read books with religious characters as it just turns into preaching to the reader which I don't like. Or it just feels like the story is really contrived and just a vehicle for the religious talk. I'm always happy when I find one that is just a good story with characters who happen to be religious.
Alice has not had the best of luck in her personal life. She has two failed engagements, she lost her job and she is now back home living with her parents. She always wanted to move back to her hometown, just not like this. She has a few part time jobs to try and make enough money to move out of her parents home, but it is tough. She works part time for the church, for Daniel whom you know from the first book if you have read it. It was nice to get little glimpses of how happy Daniel and Jessica are.
Micah is Daniel's brother and he has recently come back to town as well. Years ago Alice and Micah spent a summer together both working at the same summer camp and Alice fell for him. One night he kissed her, but then left for college without another word. That was the first of the disappointments from men for Alice. Micah went a bit off the rails, sleeping around and partying hard. He was not living the devout life he wanted and now he is trying to right the wrongs from his past.
Alice is trying not to be stupid about guys again. She is trying to not read anything into their actions or make things more than they are. When she returned home she was curious to see Micah again, would have loved to have been friends with him, but he doesn't seem to want to have anything to do with her. He never smiles or is friendly with her as he is with everyone else. Then a baby shows up from one of Micahs's one night stands, the mother having died recently and Micah is now in charge of a child. He never even knew the girl was pregnant so it is a bit of a shock. He ends up enlisting Alice for help with caring for the child and things just progress from there.
It is not easy of these two to get together. Alice keeps trying to not read things into Micah's actions, to not fall for him again when he is not giving her any indication that he wants something long term with her. Micah feels like he is not good enough for Alice so he is a bit hot and cold. Micah has a lot of things to work through, lots things with his faith to get him to where he needs to be. It did take him a long time to get to the point where he had worked through his issues, but it all works out in the end. It was a fun read with a happily ever after so I enjoyed it.
Rating: ★ ★ ★1/2