Title: Poppy’s Secret (Dreamspun Desires #28)
Author: Andrew Grey
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 15th 2017
Genre(s): Contemporary, Second Chance Romance
Page Count: 190
Reviewed by: PIU
Heat Level: 2 flames out of 5
Rating: 3.5stars out of 5
A second chance born of love.
Pat Corrigan and Edgerton “Edge” Winters were ready to start a family–or so Pat thought. At the last minute, Edge got cold feet and fled. Pat didn’t bother telling him the conception had already gone through and little Emma was on her way. He didn’t want a relationship based on obligation. He’d rather raise his daughter on his own.
Nine years later, Emma and her Poppy are doing fine. Edge isn’t. He realizes what he threw away by leaving, and he’s back to turn his life around and reclaim his family. It’ll take a lot to prove to Pat that he’s a new man, and even if Edge succeeds, the secret Pat has hidden for years might shatter their dreams all over again.
‘Poppy’s Secret’ is a second chance romance by Andrew Grey. I loved the theme of the story which was mostly about forgiveness, love and family.
Pat and Edge was a couple who did not work together before but after all the years they spend apart, they both grow into strong individuals better equipped to handle a family together. When they decided to start a family, Pat was all-in whereas Edge was not. But without talking about the pace of their relationship, Edge decides to bail and Pat feeling betrayed and heartbroken makes a decision that changes his life completely.
This was one of those situations where you cannot paint one right and the other wrong. They were both propelled into taking their individual decisions based on their circumstances. I could not blame Edge for freaking out on becoming a father so young and I could not begrudge Pat his innate desire to start a family. Their only problem was miscommunication which stole 9 years of their lives. Edge missed out on something life-changing and Pat also lost a chance to be a family with the love of his life.
I loved the bond Pat had with his daughter. His whole life was dedicated to that little girl and he did a marvelous job in raising her single-handedly. Especially when she was a symbol of something he has lost (That’s the secret for you to find out!) Edge’s relationship with Emma also grew each day. I loved their interactions.
There was a lot of feels in this read as Pat and Edge work through their past hurts. I just thought that Pat forgave Edge too quickly. He should have made Edge grovel a little morewink
Overall, this book was a nice family-oriented story with a sweet romance, angst aplenty and a very rewarding HEA. I enjoyed it very much.