The last thing wounded psychiatrist J.D. Grayson wants to do is take on the responsibility of four abandoned siblings. Despite this, a mysterious young woman named Noelle somehow manages to convince J.D. and the local judge that he should be the foster parent for the four Brown children.

Deciding to try life in a smaller-sized town, Kelsey Malone arrives in Bethlehem, NY as the new social worker. At first shes horrified by the strange way J.D. received custody of the children. Soon, however, she begins to believe he and the kids are good for one another.

But then, a series of events unfold that have Kelsey doubting the wisdom of the childrens placement. Unfortunately, shes now emotionally involved, and following the rules seems only destined to bring pain to them all.

Marilyn Pappano returns readers to the town of Bethlehem, where magic has a way of touching daily lives. FATHER TO BE is an example of stirring and poignant storytelling told by a master of the craft. (Oct., 384 pp., $5.99)

Reviewed by: 
Jill M. Smith