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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

#SummerImpulse Book Review - Found: One Secret Baby by Nancy Holland

About Nancy Holland

Born in California (and always a California girl at heart), I now live in the Twin Cities of Minnesota. I wrote my first novel at the age of seven – a saga about a family of chipmunks and the family of ducks who lived in the pond next door. I’ve been writing ever since, have published some non-fiction and a poem or two, and once even had a ten-minute one act play produced by a local theatre. 2010 RWA Golden Heart® finalist represented by the Greyhaus Agency.
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Review by Anniek
Rosalie is a lawyer and she's the guardian of a young boy named Joey. Rosalie promised his mother that she would take care of him. Mártha, Joey's mother, was killed by her partner Charlie, who also is Joey's father. Since Charlie has been sentenced to go to prison Rosalie will do everything in her power to keep the little boy safe. Rosalie loves this child with her whole heart, but if she would legally adopt him she has no choice but to contact Charlie's relatives.
Morgan has been asked by his stepmother, Lillian, to find out if she is indeed a grandmother. When he steps into Rosalie's office he knows that she is hiding something, but Morgan can't figure out what it is. Morgan is, almost instantly, infatuated by Rosalie and he is wondering what she is hiding under her cool exterior. Lillian is all the family Morgan has left and even though they don't always see eye to eye Morgan will do what is necessary to keep her happy.
Rosalie has always been taking care of others and let their needs come before her own. When her mother was diagnosed with a life-threatening illness Rosalie put everything aside to take care of her. Rosalie's father couldn't cope with having a sick wife, so he left them both and never looked back. This crushed Rosalie's faith in men completely. Rosalie is the only mother Joey has ever known and she put her own personal life on hold to take care of this little boy.
Morgan doesn't have fond memories of his childhood. Being brought up by nannies while living with an abusive stepbrother left its marks. Morgan never thought he wanted the whole family picture, but when he meets Joey he wants to become a part of his life. Morgan tries to persuade Rosalie into a solution that would work out for all of them, but Rosalie is not like any other woman he has ever met. She is special and Morgan wants to learn to understand her.
Rosalie is a smart woman. She has always worked hard for everything and has a good head on her shoulders. Rosalie loves unconditionally and this shows her softer side, which she desperately tries to hide. Rosalie is not a person you can push into a corner. She outsmarts Morgan several times and that made me laugh out loud. I love strong female characters and Rosalie certainly falls into that category.
Morgan is a businessman and he's used to getting what he wants. He is totally confused when Rosalie doesn't respond to his proposal like he thought she would. She keeps Morgan on his toes and makes him want to be a better man. Morgan is a gorgeous, sophisticated and wealthy man. He treats Rosalie with respect and he doesn't mind little Joey to mess up his very expensive clothes. This showed me that he truly is a family man.
Found: One Secret Baby is a story with so many layers. There is so much love for Joey and in the end everything is, and should be, about what is best for him. A child needs a loving home and it warmed my heart that Rosalie loved him so much, even when he isn't her own flesh and blood. The story is also about sadness and grief because of the way Joey lost his biological mother. Nancy Holland's characters are genuine, she describes their best and their worst features and everything in between. On her website Nancy Holland says 'always trust in love' and this beautiful story proves just that.


  1. This sounds like a really interesting book with lots of stories. Great review

  2. I hesitate to give a "bad comment" on a review. But, I don't know what else to say here. I'm simply... confused.

    Firstly, if I happened to come across this book in a store I wouldn't have given it a second glance: The cover, and the title in particular, were/are off-putting to me.

    Anniek-- While I think that you did all that you could to compose a coherent review (and I've found your reviews to be consistently excellent), I had trouble making heads or tails of this one. After reading the first paragraph a handful of times, I finally just tried to more or less skim through the remainder. Whether this is a sign of an overly complicated (?) storyline or of poorly developed characters, I'm not sure. This was just all over the place for me. :-/


  3. This sounds really cute! I love when characters change for the better. :D