Feature book: Reunited by a Baby Secret
Reunited by a Baby Secret by Michelle Douglas
Marianna Amatucci has lived her life on a vineyard in the beautiful area of Calanetti in Tuscany, Italy. With two loving and very protective brothers, Marianna also has parents who are feisty, and therefore she tends to spend a lot of time with her brothers. According to them she has a hard time making up her mind, especially about boyfriends, and there is a standing joke between them. Marianna works hard on the vineyard, but she decides she needs some time and will settle better when she returns home, so she takes a trip to Australia for a year. On the way home, she stops in Bali for a real holiday, and there she meets a man. That makes this holiday the best, but there are consequences now. And this is going to change her life.
Ryan White has always felt abandoned by his family. The only person who really cared was his grandmother, and it took him a long time to realise that. He was always determined to make something of himself. He had the good looks, the determination and he succeeded running a wealthy company. Although he has kept in touch with his family, Ryan is basically a lone wolf. He has no intention of settling down, marrying or having a family. One-night stands are what he does. He is a hard worker and very rarely takes time off, but he does take a trip to Bali for a little relaxation time. There he meets a beautiful Italian girl, Marianna, and although they share more than one night, they both go their separate ways at the end of the holiday. Ryan never expects to see Marianna again, even though she has stayed in his thoughts.
Ryan has come to Italy to work on a big deal. When Marianna turns up at his suite and tells him she is pregnant, this is the last thing he was expecting. This news, of course, is such a shock. The shock is also for Marianna as she thought Ryan to be some surfer from Australia, not thinking he would ever be staying in the suite of this hotel. This starts a journey where they both learn a lot about each other. Ryan is determined to be a part of this baby’s life, and the banter between them will have you smiling. With Marianna’s two brothers throwing their two cents worth in, you will be laughing.
This great story is part of The Vineyards of Calanetti continuity. It can be read as a stand-alone as I did, but I am going to read them all. Ms Douglas never disappoints with her stories. The characters are real, and the setting is wonderful. This story will have you smiling and grabbing for some tissues as Ryan opens up and we meet his family. A great read—that I recommend.
Reviewed by Helen S
A review copy of this book was provided by the author. ARRA members who leave a comment by 28 October 2015 will go into the draw to win a copy. (The giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Malvina.)