Sunday, June 30, 2013

Fear, Hope, and Bread Pudding

Author: Marie Sexton
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN/BIN: 978-1-62380-555-5
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary Series
Rating: 4 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx

Jon Kechter has settled into life with his millionaire lover, Cole Fenton. When he learns Cole desperately wants a child, everything changes and suddenly they’re planning a wedding and weighing the pros and cons of adoption versus surrogacy. A commitment ceremony follows in Paris and by the time they return to Phoenix, they’ve decided on adoption. It’s a long and disheartening process and the long months wear on both Jon and Cole as they wait for news.

Jon’s father, George, has longed for a grandchild for years and because he strongly believes in family, he encourages Cole to reconcile with his estranged mother. After many years of hurt, Cole isn’t thrilled, but while on a trip to Munich he agrees to try and it’s as he fears—meeting his mother is horrible. But waiting for a child is even worse and as the months pass, their fear increases. Will they ever get a child?

Fear, Hope and Bread Pudding is the new release in Marie Sexton’s Coda series. It follows shortly after the ending of the last book, so Strawberries for Dessert should be read first. 

I just love these guys and starting a family together is a wonderful way to continue their story. The process of adopting a child is difficult for anyone and Ms. Sexton does an excellent job expressing the myriad range of emotions Cole and Jonathan go through as the months roll by. Cole’s pain is particularly well done and you can’t help but feel his pain—his desperation. The story is heart wrenching, but what kept it from being too maudlin is Jonathan and his support. He’s a great guy—totally behind Cole, not just in their struggle for a child but in Cole reconnecting with his mother.  Adding in Jonathan’s father, George just rounded out the family and made the story even more sweet, entertaining and heartwarming. I don’t know if anything else if planned for these two great characters but I hope to see more of them and their family in the future.

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