Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Pat Corrigan and Edgerton “Edge” Winters were ready to start a family–or so Pat thought. At the last minute, Edge got cold feet and fled. Pat didn’t bother telling him the conception had already gone through and little Emma was on her way. He didn’t want a relationship based on obligation. He’d rather raise his daughter on his own.
Nine years later, Emma and her Poppy are doing fine. Edge isn’t. He realizes what he threw away by leaving, and he’s back to turn his life around and reclaim his family. It’ll take a lot to prove to Pat that he’s a new man, and even if Edge succeeds, the secret Pat has hidden for years might shatter their dreams all over again.
If you read the blurb, you know the whole story. Its all there except for how Edge finds out the secret. Luckily Andrew Grey has done a fine job telling the story so that you don’t mind knowing what’s coming.
Its nine years after Edge has fled. Pat and Emma have a full life together, even though its lacking in the romance department for Pat. Pat puts Emma first, something he never had growing up, giving her stability and a parent who’s always there. His complicated relationship with his mother who figures huge in this story is one of the reasons I appreciated Poppy’s Secret so. There are so many layers and complicated family dynamics here and the author neatly intertwines them into his story, using the reality of the past to make various points without painting the mother as a monster or an abuser. There’s a lot of grey (if you will excuse the pun) and a lot of forgiveness to be found in Poppy’s Secret.
Then Edge moves back into town. The past literally arrives at Pat’s doorstep bringing with it all the feelings long buried as well as all the peril to his long fought for stability. The author could have gone for the high drama (yes, there’s some) but instead he chooses the path of adulthood, talking, forgiveness and love. Yes, there’s the believable anger and pain but how that’s incorporated into the story is another element I just adored.
Poppy’s Secret is a wonderful, heartwarming story of two men and a child getting a second chance at love together and as a family. It flows quickly, sweetly, and with all the heart you could want or hope for. I highly recommend this story. Need a ‘feel great’ sort of tale? This one’s for you.
Cover art by Bree Archer is absolutely adorable and perfect for the characters and story. I want to hug them both.
ebook, 190 pages
Expected publication: February 15th 2017 by Dreamspinner Press
Original TitlePoppy’s Secret