A LOVE OF THEIR OWN
As the result of a promise made to her terminally ill best friend, 22-year-old Amara Fairchild agrees to become a wife of convenience to Ross Hayward and help raise his motherless triplets. It is a taxing responsibility, but the Hayward family needs her just as much as she needs them, and Amara is not a woman who gives up. Ross has no desire to remarry and has serious qualms about committing to a younger womanhe doesn't need another child in his life. Agreeing to honor his deceased wife's wish is probably the most foolish thing he's ever done. But he ends up following in his children's footsteps and falling in love with Amara.
Together, Ross and Amara take steps to recover from their loss. In the process they may just find loveif they can let go of the guilt that plagues them. Looking to the future may be the hardest thing either has ever done.
The concept of a modern-day marriage of convenience is somewhat intriguing as a way to introduce Amara and Ross' entertaining and thought-provoking relationship, but Louise doesn't establish an attraction between the characters until halfway through the book. The author also neglects other details that would add sustenance to the story, such as more background about Amara's relationships with her best friend and her mother. Patience may be required for this one, but I'm sure readers will find A Love of Their Own worth the effort. (Feb., 286 pp., $6.99)