Harlequin has four amazing books from their Heartwarming series on tour in July & August and I got the pleasure of reading one of them!
A Walsh Family Story
by Karen Rock
Publisher: Harlequin Heartwarming (July 1, 2016)
Can he juggle everything…including her?
After raising his siblings and running the family pub for more than a decade, Aiden Walsh has set his own dreams aside. Until the most beautiful woman he’s ever seen stumbles into his bar, and his arms. Too bad Rebecca Day is the school psychologist in charge of his brother’s future. Who’s he kidding? He doesn’t have room in his full life for romance anyway. But forced to join Rebecca and her group of troubled teens on an Adirondack retreat, he realizes keeping his family afloat isn’t enough for him…not by a long shot.
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I feel so bad for Aiden, trying to take on all the extra responsibilities for his family can’t have been easy. And he was so young when he did it. He’s a dedicated family man, doing everything he can to keep things afloat but all the juggling he’s had to do has let him have very little time to slow down and look at life around him. While he’s a good guy at heart it has led to him having very little time to really see himself and those around him. But given the opportunity he does us proud and steps up to really take on the challenge of changing things to make them better for his family.
Rebecca may be a psychologist, with a great outlook on life and a sunny personality, but that doesn’t stop her from having a few blinders about things. It’s great that Rock gives her this opportunity to grow along with Aiden and her kids, who add some extra liveliness to a fun story. She didn’t have the best childhood and that’s left some scars but taking this time out with others, helping them see deeper into themselves, also gives her a change to look at herself and realize that maybe there is more going on than what she thinks.
It was enjoyable to see both Aiden & Rebecca grow throughout the course of the book, as they got to know each other they also had a chance to look deeper into themselves. They didn’t change drastically, which is realistic, but they did have an opportunity to see themselves from someone else’s viewpoint and outside situations.
Under an Adirondack Sky is a heartwarming story about two people finding themselves and each other, learning and growing together while falling in love.
(Part of a series, this book can easily stand on its own. But I am curious about Aiden’s siblings and will be checking out the series for other great reads.)
Award-winning author Karen Rock is both sweet and spicy–at least when it comes to her writing! The author of both YA and adult contemporary books writes red-hot novels for Harlequin Blaze and small-town romances for Harlequin Heartwarming. A strong believer in Happily-Ever-After, Karen loves creating unforgettable stories that leave her readers with a smile. When she’s not writing, Karen is an avid reader who’s typically immersed in three different books at a time, all in different genres. She also loves cooking her grandmother’s Italian recipes, baking, Christmas (no need to specify–she loves every bit of it), and having the Adirondack Park wilderness as her backyard, where she lives with her husband, daughter, dog and cat who keep her life interesting and complete.
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Karen Rock said:
Thanks so much for a beautiful review and for hosting me today 💗- Karen
I was happy to have you! Thanks for stopping by.