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This a romantic story where a woman falls in love with her nephew's father. When astronaut Law Kincaid shows up at Marnie Hibbs house, she mistakes him for a client. But when he blames her for sending him letters about him being the father of her son she is shocked. She says she has never sent any letter nor have they slept together. He accuses her of asking money and public acknowledgment of his son. Marnie denies doing anything he is saying. She also tells him that she had never had a child. But during this Marnie's sixteen year old son David shows up. He is surprised to see the famous astronaut in his house. Law tells him that he is working with Marnie on a project. After David leaves Law again asks Marnie and when she denies having sex with him he says he would have remember. He kisses her. During her meeting with her client Law takes David out for a drive.
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Marnie's mother is dying and staying in a hospital. When Marnie is leaving to meet her at the hospital Law gives her a ride and again asks her about David. Marnie tells him that during the summer after Law's graduation from Naval Academy, Marnie's family and Law's family went to Galveston where they met for the first time. Marnie's sister Sharon and Law had a summer romance and Sharon became pregnant with David.

Marnie's father was a minister. When Sharon told Marnie that she is pregnant and wanted to have an abortion Marnie told her parents. After David was born everyone loved him but when David was four years old Sharon died in a car accident and a year after that Marnie's father died. She also tells him that she wanted him or David about each other and doesn't want his money.

Law then shows up at David's football match and takes Marnie and David to his house. Law asks Marnie for David's blood for paternity test. The next day Law takes her out to a party where Marnie asks him what he will do if he finds out that David is his son. Law then shows up at Marnie's place and asks her about David and his childhood. Law finds out that Marnie was the only one who loved David.

When Marnie goes to the hospital to meet her mother she finds out that her mother had been writing some letters. Marnie then goes to Law's house and tell him that her mother was responsible for the letters. Law asks Marnie if he could spend more time with David. Marnie tells him that he knows nothing about relationships and to stay away from David and angrily leaves. The next day Law comes to Marnie's house and tell her that if she won't agree that he will fight for the joint custody of David. After David comes home he asks if Law is his father and Marnie tells him the truth.

David and Law start to spend more and more time together. David even goes to live with Law. Marnie becomes more and more upset, she thinks that Law will take David way from her. When Law presents David with a new shiny car on his birthday Marnie becomes very angry and upset with Law. She thinks that because she can't give David the things Law can.

That night Marnie's mother has a stroke and she dies. Marnie goes to Law's house to tell David about his grandmother but David is not there. Law asks her to spend the night. Law and Marnie make love. The next day after Marnie has left Law goes after her and tells her that he wants to publicly acknowledge David. When he told his parents that they have a grandson they were very excited to meet him. He also tells her that he has fallen in love with her and asks her to marry him.
Best part of story, including ending: I like the story because it is a nice, light romance novel.

Best scene in story: My favorite scene is the scene where Marnie is telling Law about David's childhood and Law is upset that he couldn't be with his son.

Opinion about the main character: I like Marnie because she loved her sister's son as her own.

The review of this Book prepared by Souko Kin a Level 2 American Robin scholar

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1980's-1999 If one lover chases another...    -   he chases after her Children/Pregnancy    -   Yes Children/Pregnancy:    -   "by the way, 10 years ago you had a child"

Main Male Character

Profession/status:    -   pilot, civilian Age/status:    -   20's-30's Sex makes him    -   confused

Main Female Character

Age/status:    -   20's-30's Profession/status:    -   artist Effect of sexing    -   blissful


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Texas

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment What % of story is romance related?    -   60% How explicit is the sex?    -   descript of kissing    -   touching of anatomy    -   licking    -   actual description of sex    -   Boob talk    -   Vagia talk    -   Weiner talk Focus of story    -   equally on him and her How much dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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