Release Date: April 18, 2017
Publisher: Love Inspired
Genre: Fiction / Contemporary / Romance
Series: Family Blessings, Book One
About the Book:
A Place to Call Home
Lawman Joe Sheehan is desperate to bond with the daughter he’s just discovered he has. But as a virtual stranger to twelve-year-old Amelia, the task seems impossible. Until Claire Conley moves to town. A social worker renovating a mansion into a foster home, Claire is the first person to get through to Amelia. Falling for the single dad was not on Claire’s to-do list. But with Joe and Amelia around, the house finally starts to feel like home. Claire’s ready to fight to convince Joe that together they’ve done more than fix a house…they’ve built a family.
“The Dad Next Door” is the first book I have ever read by Stephanie Dees and it most definitely will not be my last. This was a super adorable read that would make a wonderful Hallmark movie.
Sometime after Claire meets her biological father who passes away shortly after and her adoptive mother passes, she learns that her father left her his plantation house. She finally has the opportunity to begin on her dream of turning the plantation house into a home for delinquent backgrounds, sibling groups, older children, basically children who would be harder to place into homes.
Joe is one of my favorite fictional guys. He is your boy-next-door with a great heart and compassion towards others, but he too is carrying baggage of his own. He was once a delinquent as a child until the town’s police chief took him in and helped him turn his life around. Now he’s a cop who has returned to Red Hill Springs where he learns he has a 12-year-old daughter that he never knew existed and struggles to bond with her.
Both of these characters deal with longing to belong, especially in their adoptive families, feeling that they are never good enough, amongst other topics. While there are some very real and dark topics that occur in the book, none of this is described in the book. It is actually a light and fluffy read which inspires hope. This is a book of finding family, finding love, finding community, and finding redemption.
Overall, I enjoyed this book a lot and will definitely be reading her future works. Highly recommended!
Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are my own.
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About Stephanie Dees:
Award-winning author Stephanie Dees lives in small-town Alabama with her family, two spoiled dogs, and a very bossy cat. A Southern girl through and through, she loves sweet tea, SEC football, corn on the cob and air conditioning.