Single mom Taylor Lawrence just discovered that the hospital sent her home with the wrong infant five years ago. Now the headstrong and handsome biological father wants his child back. But Emily has always been her daughter, and Taylor wont give her up without a fight.
Widower Reece Wallace believed his life was over when a drunk driver killed his wife and daughter. So when he learns of the baby switch, he sees this child as his ultimate salvation. But he never anticipated the fiery woman on the other side of this custody battle or how she’d stir feelings in him long dormant.
As the media storm surrounding the hospital’s mistake intensifies, Taylor and Reece find there’s more to sort out than custody of Emily they must work together to protect her while grappling with their growing attraction. Can they pick up the pieces of two broken families and meld them into something new?
Two women give birth in the same hospital on the same day, both having daughters. A few years later, Taylor has struggled to raise her daughter without any assistance from her ex. Reece has lost his wife and their daughter in a car accident.
Then the families are confronted with the news that is every parent’s worst nightmare – “Your babies were swapped”. But as with the swap, things are not as they should be.
Taylor feels as though she is being stripped of her family whereas Reece begins to believe that he has another chance of building his own again. They develop a oft-tenuous relationship, navigating the media attention of their case and the tension of a custody case. This relationship is complicated by the attraction they begin to feel for one another. They try to keep away, but it draws them in.
Now this is a pretty emotional book, It deals with some very hefty issues – death, grief, kidnapping and the like. While I like that the author didn’t shy away from including such topics, the way in which this story resolves itself runs a little flat for me. Things were tied up just a little too neatly and conveniently and to be honest, I didn’t totally connect with Taylor and Reece as a couple.
I will say however that the surviving child, Emily was very well-written. She came across as a pretty normal kid, who deals with some heavy problems in a way that a four year old would, and didn’t really drift into plot filler territory.
This could have been so much more, but it just didn’t resonate with me.
My rating: 2.5 out of 5
Release Date: 10 June 2013
Note: I was provided with an advanced reader copy of this book by Entangled Publishing, LLC in return for an honest review.