Low Language, Low Religion, Low Romance, Low Violence, Three Stars

Mom Struggles

Everyday I have to wake up and tell myself, I can do this. I’m a good mom, even if my house is a mess and my children are mad at me. There are moments that make it all worth it, but the mom struggle is real. I love how honestly Ranee Clark handles the struggles Chelsea faces as a single mom. I’ve talked to enough mom’s to know we all feel it. Single or married, working, or not, we all have moments of inadequacy.

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A year after her divorce, Chelsea Lewis spends most of her days working part-time at her cousin’s bakery and hiding veggies in her picky son’s lunches. Then she reconnects with an old friend who helps Chelsea in all the ways she’s forgotten she needs—including romantic ones.

Former football player, DJ Kaiser, is back in his hometown, working as a fireman to serve his community, but after nearly burning down his own house with a barbeque and wrecking the Chief’s truck, his mistakes are stacked against him—until he sets out to ease the stress of Chelsea’s load. Serving her has him feeling like a hero again.

When Chelsea’s ex shows up and begs Chelsea to move closer so his young son doesn’t grow up without his father, Chelsea and DJ have to consider what’s best for Chelsea’s little family, even if that means sacrificing the relationship that has saved them both.

This book was really cute and the writing is good. I liked how she handled both the ex- husband, and the mom struggles Chelsea deals with. It’s probably not a book I would read over and over, but the story was sweet, and not overly dramatic, which I appreciated.  –M.V

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