Review: A Baby for New Year's by Susan R. Hughes

Since I’ve read romance novels by Susan R. Hughes before, I eagerly accepted an Advanced Reading Copy of A Baby For New Year’s, now on pre-order for only 99cents.

(By the way, this novel has “guest appearances” by Paige and Ryan who found their happily ever after in her previous novel A Baby For Christmas. (Free if you are a Kindle Unlimited Subscriber but only 99cents if you're not.)  It’s always a treat to see characters you met in a previous book return to show that they’re still happy.)

Blurb: A Baby for New Year's

After an emotionally destructive marriage, Meg has settled into a quiet life as a single mother. When her pregnant teenage niece arrives at her door, seeking shelter, Meg finds herself caught in a family drama between the girl's parents.

She hasn't seen her estranged sister Kelly or her former brother-in-law Evan in years, but she’s never forgotten her secret crush on Evan when they were teenagers. Single again, he reawakens Meg’s feelings for him.

As the New Year brings complications she never anticipated, will Meg listen to her heart and take a chance on love?

My Review

With A Baby For New Year’s, Hughes has come into her own as an author of heartwarming romances with flawed characters who try to do the right thing even though that complicates their lives.

It’s nice to see a heroine like Meg who is a single mother, trying to set a good example for her children. She is the kind of woman we all want to be: a good mother, daughter, and sister–even though Meg’s sister makes the reader want to shake some sense into her. It’s almost a universal law that a good, compassionate woman has someone in her life who gives her never-ending grief.

Meg avoids taking the self-indulgent path and yielding to her desire because she knows the hurt that may cause others. Yet, she is not perfect. She’s living life on her own terms, or so she thinks. Only when she falls in love does she realize how events from her previous marriage affect her attitudes and behaviors.

Meg always strives to do the right thing. In a world where people seem more prone to living life without thought of the consequences to others, that is enormously appealing. Her story tugs the heartstrings and takes the reader on an emotional journey as she battles her own demons and comes to terms with her own past.

Takeaway Truth

If you love Women’s Fiction with romantic elements, you’ll love A Baby For New Year’s. It is, in a word, wonderful.