Title: Fear, Hope and Bread Pudding
Series: Coda, A to Z
Author: Marie Sexton
Length: Novel (140 pages)
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press (June 5th, 2013)
Heat Level: Moderate
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥4Hearts
Blurb: Sequel to Strawberries for Dessert
Part of the Coda Series
Families should grow, not shrink. It’s been on Jon Kechter’s mind since before he tied the knot with his millionaire lover, Cole Fenton. Now hoping to adopt, Jon and Cole search for a mother-to-be willing to let them love her baby, but the interminable wait is wearing on them both.
Jon is close to his father, George, but until Cole, he didn’t have anyone else. Now George is pushing Cole to reconcile with his estranged mother. When the three of them spend Christmas with her in Munich, the results are disastrous. Jon and Cole resolve to stay positive, but no hope exists without a tinge of fear. Jon and Cole can’t help but wonder if their dream of being parents just wasn’t meant to be.
Review: Marie wraps up this series beautifully; bringing the lessons and strengths we’ve gathered from each character together to literally bring this family together! If you’ve followed the series you know this one’s about Jon and Cole adopting, and boy do we feel the fear, hope, and over all stress that process takes on! We run the gambit of emotions with Cole and Jon as they deal with trying to adopt a child while also handling their own family dynamics. Especially enjoyable was Jon’s father, George’s, point of view during segments of the story. Marie pulled it all together with love, passion, pain, fear, forgiveness, and yes, even those sexy scenes she writes so well. For me this story was a great close to the series. Showing us the importance of family, love, commitment, and letting us imagine the wonderful journeys ahead. This book definitely gives us hope!