First Come Twins (Harlequin Superromance
by: Helen Brenna
Published by: Harlequin (August release)
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Reviewed by Leslie Granier
Journalist Noah Bennett has just returned to Mirabelle Island after a fifteen-year absence to recuperate from injuries he sustained in the war in Iraq. He must face his past as he becomes reacquainted with the people he left behind, including Sophie, his childhood sweetheart who married his older brother Isaac.
Upon learning his brother died two years ago, Noah struggles to deal with his past feelings for Sophie while wondering if it would be appropriate to try to rekindle his romance with her. In the meantime, Sophie is focusing on raising her twins and running the family inn at a time when business is slow. She must decide whether or not she can forgive Noah for deserting her all those years ago.
The author creates two drastically different main characters in Noah and Sophie. Noah’s restlessness and need for change prevent him from staying on the isolated island. Sophie’s sense of duty to uphold the traditions of the island property she inherited from her parents leaves her resistant to change and modernization. Noah does what makes him happy while Sophie lives to make others happy. It is interesting to watch them interact, with each trying to persuade the other to change.
I love the way the author describes the setting on fictional Mirabelle Island. It sounds as if it is an exotic tropical island in an ocean instead of on a piece of land in Wisconsin. I like the small-town feeling where everyone in town knows each other. As the number of tourists coming to the island steadily declines, a proposal to offer more attractions causes upheaval among the residents. However, everyone is allowed to voice an opinion and the others respect their opinions even if they disagree.
First Come Twins is the first book in a series of super romances. Next Comes Love and Then Comes a Baby will both be released later this year. Unlike many romance novels, First Come Twins has a solid plot with well-developed characters and a fair amount of suspense.
I look forward to the future works of this author.
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