Fiona Farmingham, a single mom with four kids, is trying to date again,
and it's not going so well. Her small Ohio town isn't so bad, but the man
from outside of town who comes to meet her is condescending. She
makes a classy exit. A FAMILY FOR
EASTER veers between emotional and humorous when Fiona's
neighbour, Eduardo Delgado, has to intervene after her date follows her
to her car.
Rescue River is a friendly town: farmers, football, and family-oriented.
When Eduardo's rental home has an electrical fire, Fiona doesn't
hesitate to offer him better lodgings in her carriage house. Eduardo's
two young kids need somewhere safe to stay. Additionally, her kids and
his kids know one another from school and sports, and they start to
bond over similarities. Eduardo, a second-generation Mexican-
American, has a landscaping firm, and Fiona needs garden work done.
Maybe this was meant to be...
I enjoyed all the detail about raising kids, especially when each family
has lost a parent in different circumstances. We also see preparations
for Easter such as decorating Easter eggs with wax pencils and egg
dye. The adults are adequately chaperoned if anyone was concerned
about such matters. And anyway, there is a landlord/tenant relationship
as well as an employer/contractor one. Fiona and Eduardo are on two
different levels and a personal relationship just couldn't happen. Could
it? As they get to know each other better, differences start to dissolve.
I like that Fiona, who has inherited money, isn't perfect. She's worried
that she's put on too much weight, and if she goes on serious diets that
might transfer body image issues to her daughters. I thought right away
that she must have low confidence, and a picture of her previous years
continued to build to that outcome. The poor woman gets worried if
someone mentions enjoying food. Which, of course, is meant to be
enjoyed. While I always like reading about strong heroines with active
jobs, it's good to step back and read a down-to-earth situation with a
woman who is normal and dedicated to being a good mother. She
makes a very relatable heroine. Fiona has two staunch friends, Daisy
and Susan. They help her survive.
Fittingly for Easter and springtime, this is a tale of redemption and
rebirth, and this gently inspirational ethos helps us to realise what
matters in life. I had not read anything by Lee Tobin McClain previously,
but I'll look out for more. A FAMILY FOR
EASTER is suitable for anyone from young adults to adults. Enjoy
the read with or without chocolate eggs.
Too different to fall in love? In Rescue River,
anything can happen…
When wealthy single mom Fiona Farmingham rents her carriage
house to widowed Eduardo Delgado, it’s purely in friendship.
Insecure over her late husband’s betrayal, Fiona hides her
attraction to the humble landscaper. Between them they have
six children, two dogs—and a world of differences. But with
half a dozen little matchmakers involved, can they find the
courage to reach for happiness once more?