Susie Dietze continues her top notch writing in the companion book to The Reluctant Guardian. In A MOTHER FOR HIS FAMILY, I was pleased to see some of the characters make their re -appearance. This novel is about neighbors of Gemma and Tavin, specifically John, Helena, their family dynamics, and their spiritual journey towards maturity.
Susie writes a well-researched book with the picturesque
setting of a Regency Country Manor.
The characters of John, Helena and the children come alive and we see their struggles and their compassion to deal with what life has given them.
John Gordon is a widower with a niece, twin boys and a blind daughter. He is in need of a wife to stay at his country estate, since he is away in London on business most of the time.
Helena Stanhope has been disgraced by a suitor and seeks a suitable match to quell the rumors. Even though John is beneath her socially, she agrees to a marriage of convenience. They promised each other that it would be only a friendly marriage, but as they get to know each other, they each try to deny their growing feelings. In the midst of their attraction, blackmail rears it’s ugly head. Is it the man who ruined Helena’s reputation or does it come from another direction?
John and Helena navigate their new circumstances with wariness. She tries to fit into her new role as a mother, aunt and Lady of the Manor! John loves his children dearly and wants what is best for them but is overprotective. Can Helena effectively parent under these circumstances? Is this arrangement truly what is best for each of them? Come and see what happens in this excellent book.
I gave this one five stars because it is my favorite genre and setting and it certainly lived up to my expectations!
*I received this book from the author with no obligation to review or provide a favorable review. All opinions are my own.*
Debra's note: Come back tomorrow...rather, please do call at the house as we will be in the drawing room celebrating with tea and scones and making merry in honor of Susanne and this wonderful story!