Unexpected Arrivals by Stephie Walls

Blurb:

It had to be a joke.

Any minute now, a van would drive up and Ashton Kutcher would slide the door open, laughing hysterically at my melodramatic performance on the front porch.

But nothing happened.

The words on the page jumbled into a toxic mess my brain refused to comprehend, much less accept.

Please consider this letter as a formal request to arrange a paternity test (DNA).

I barely remembered Chelsea Airy.

That wasn’t true—we’d gone out once, and we’d been friends for a while after. But I hadn’t heard so much as a peep from her since I’d gotten married. I’d reached out a handful of times, but she’d quit responding and fell off the face of the earth. There hadn’t been a text, an email, a phone call, not even a Facebook message, much less a stork in the last five years.

My wife could forgive a lot, but she’d never wanted children—much less another woman’s.

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My Review:

I received an ARC of this book.

This is the first book by this author that I’ve read, and I have to say, I really enjoyed it.  It was unlike any other book that I’ve read before.  It doesn’t fit neatly into any one category, and I feel that a lot of readers will enjoy it.  This book has everything I enjoy in a story, (insta-love, secret baby, 2nd chance romance, and a HEA) all wrapped up in one neat package.

Unlike most 2nd chance romance stories, this story doesn’t begin with the time that the main characters are reunited.  It begins with their initial meeting, relationship, and breakup.  This added a lot to the story, and prevented a lot of questions later on.

There were lots of details in this story, and the description was great.  For the most part, the characters were very realistic, and easy to relate to.  They had problems, just like normal people, that they had to work through together, to make their relationship work.  There were parts of the story that made me LOL, and parts that made me tear up.  There were times I wanted to ask the characters, “What the heck are you thinking?  Don’t do that!”.  It was a great story, but definitely not a light, easy read.  There are some very heavy issues dealt with in this book.  Overall, it was a very enjoyable book that I’d totally recommend.

 

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