Harlequin HQN, Jul 1 2010, $7.99
Pregnant teenager Liz Sutton left Fool’s Gold when her lover Ethan Hendrix betrayed her. Five years later and much more mature, Liz went home to inform Ethan that he had a child; she reclieved a letter from him saying he wants nothing to do with Tyler so she raised her son by herself eventually becoming a popular author.
Almost a dozen years later, fourteen year old Melissa informs her Aunt Liz that her father Roy (Liz’s brother) was in jail and their stepmother left. Leaving San Francisco Liz accompanied by now eleven years old Tyler returns to Fool’s Gold to take care of her nieces, Melissa and her sister eleven year old Abby. Ethan learns Tyler is his son; fuming he blames Liz for costing him all those years with his child; refusing to believe her “story” involving his wife Rayenne.
Although the plot device of a man not knowing he sired a son has been used many times, Susan Mallery provides a deep Fool’s Gold second chance at love tale. The support cast is strong from the onset as the audience will feel for the nieces and for the heroine who the townsfolk blame for concealing Tyler from his dad. Readers will enjoy Almost perfect as Ethan believes love is not enough to overcome what he has done to his Liz.