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Posted May 2, 2011
a warm family drama
In Howard, Missouri Dylan Ross meets Tara Montgomery at his mom's daycare center where she works. She recognizes him as a love 'em and leave 'em hunk; having met one before; Jay dumped her when she got pregnant four years ago. Now she raises her Jimmy as a single mom, but her child's paternal grandparents are suing for custody insisting she is unfit though they only know her from her bad girl Jay days.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Violet Durant calls Dylan asking if he will attend her daughter's funeral and what he plans to do about four year old Lily who he did not know existed until now. The computer guru and the day care provider share a common problem to which he offers a solution. She accepts his marriage of convenience proposal, as long as he understands her child comes first in her eyes.
Although the theme is not new, the characters turn this into a warm family drama filled with love as each has to overcome a misconception about the other. Neither adult can help but fall in love with the other's child and subsequently each other. Contemporary fans will enjoy the Marriage Solution as neither parents anticipated the love.
Posted April 22, 2011
At first glance, the solution seems obvious. Tara Montgomery needs stability to fight off a custody claim from her son's seed donor family and Dylan Ross needs help with the daughter he never knew existed. Their attraction for each other is just a side benefit, at least in playboy Dylan's eyes and an annoyance for Tara.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Watching Tara and Dylan grow while playing house gives the reader a fun look into the challenges of pretend intimacy. I love the way Ms. Kelly uses the theme of family in the book to compare and contrast a real marriage with the practical arrangement her main characters have adopted. Challenges to the paper family cause both Dylan and Tara to realize they might have chosen the right solution all along.
Readers will love the sense of family Ms. Kelly brings to a small Missouri town and two people who at first glance seem to be polar opposites. Many couples stay together for the sake of the children. This couple finds their path through their children. I loved the Marriage Solution!