Synopses & Reviews
A Tallgrass Novel
A MAN TO HOLD ON TO
Therese Matheson doesn't know if she'll ever get over losing her husband in Afghanistan. Surviving Paul's death has been hard, but raising his sullen son and his thirteen-going-on-thirty daughter alone has been even harder. All they need is a fresh start, and Tallgrass, Oklahoma, could be the perfect new beginning . . . especially when Therese meets Sergeant Keegan Logan. The sexy combat medic and single dad soon awakens a desire she'd thought long buried.
Keegan always wanted to be a father . . . someday. So when his ex-girlfriend disappears, leaving her daughter in his care, Keegan's hands are tied. He has to find the girl's father. His search leads him to Tallgrass and to a beautiful brunette widow who has no idea her husband was ever unfaithful. What begins as a friendship soon ignites into something far more and gives him the courage to be the kind of man-and father-he always dreamt he could be. But his secret still stands between them. Can Keegan reveal the truth and convince Therese they share something too special to lose-a love that can bring two families together?
"Pappano makes a powerful and welcome return to the small town of Tallgrass, Okla., with her second novel about military widows and widowers (after A Hero to Come Home To). Therese Matheson's beloved husband, Paul, died overseas, leaving her to raise Abby and Jacob, his unhappy, resentful teen children from a previous marriage. Unbeknownst to them, Paul was also the father of adorable toddler Mariah by another woman, who left Mariah in the care of her ex-boyfriend, Army medic Keegan Logan. Keegan travels from Louisiana to Tallgrass, hoping to leave Mariah with her real father. Instead, he finds Therese struggling to keep her grief-stricken blended family together. As Keegan and Therese fall in love, Mariah enchants her half-siblings, leaving Keegan who has told them only that he was looking for Paul, but not why wondering how and whether to reveal the truth and tarnish the Mathesons' cherished memories of Paul. Pappano excels at depicting deep emotion without resorting to melodrama, including plenty of humor and the seeds of future Tallgrass romances to balance Therese's sorrows and Keegan's inner turmoil. Agent: Melissa Jeglinski, Knight Agency." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"4 1/2 stars! Through her beautiful storytelling, Pappano deftly expresses the emotions that come with love and loss. The genuine love that grows between Therese and Keegan melts the heart. Pappano's latest packs a powerful punch."--RT Book Reviews
"Pappano shines in this poignant tale of love, loss, and learningto love again. [She] creates achingly real characters whose struggles will bring readers to tears."--Publisher's Weekly (starred review) on A Hero to Come Home To
"Pappano's latest is a touching story about loss, love and acceptance. Tender to the core, her story is filled with heartwarming characters who you can't help but fall in love with, and she tells their stories candidly and poignantly. The ending will simply melt your heart."--RT Book Reviews on A Hero to Come Home To
About the Author
Known for her intensely emotional stories, Marilyn Pappano is the USA Today
bestselling author of nearly eighty books. She has made regular appearances on bestseller lists and has received recognition for her work in the form of numerous awards. Though her husband's Navy career took them across the United States, he and Ms. Pappano now live in Oklahoma high on a hill that overlooks her hometown. They have one son and daughter-in-law, an adorable grandson, and a pack of mischievous dogs.
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