An Accidental Family

An Accidental Family

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by Donna Fasano
     
 
USA Today Bestselling Author!

"I do," the bride and groom said…and without love they wed.

Jonas Winslow knew nothing about fatherhood, yet he was determined to keep his orphaned nephew. But the boy's aunt, Robin Hampstead, wasn't about to let go of her only remaining family. The solution: a temporary - strictly platonic - marriage…or so

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USA Today Bestselling Author!

"I do," the bride and groom said…and without love they wed.

Jonas Winslow knew nothing about fatherhood, yet he was determined to keep his orphaned nephew. But the boy's aunt, Robin Hampstead, wasn't about to let go of her only remaining family. The solution: a temporary - strictly platonic - marriage…or so they thought.

Their agreement was to share the house and all child-rearing responsibilities, which seemed an uncomplicated arrangement until…Jonas began seeing Robin in a new light, not as a pretend wife, but as a very real woman whose bedroom was enticingly close to his.

This book was previously published by Harlequin™ in 1996 as Daddy Down the Aisle under this award-winning author's pseudonym, Donna Clayton. It was published as part of both the 'Conveniently Wed' and 'Fabulous Fathers' campaigns. The book has been meticulously edited and updated and was expanded by nearly 10,000 words.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013204720
Publisher:
Donna Fasano
Publication date:
08/10/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
677,858
File size:
693 KB

Meet the Author

USA Today Bestselling Author Donna Fasano has written over 30 romance novels and women's fiction. Her books have sold nearly 4 million copies worldwide.

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An Accidental Family 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Fredlet More than 1 year ago
Two horrified families. One brother and sister from each family are in a terrible accident. Their remaining sister and brother are left with no funeral, a memorial service to be held within 48 hours, and a baby to look after. As Jonas and Robin deal with their grief, they must find a way to come to terms with and work as co-guardians to raise Tony, their 14 month old nephew. They both have busy careers and limited interest in or knowledge about raising a baby. So what do they decide to do? They become "an accidental family". Follow them on their rocky journey. The characters are interesting and well developed. The descriptions and dialogue made me laugh, cry, pause to appreciate a scene, and want to give a smack to the back of some heads. I was especially moved the portrayal of Tony's grief. Donna Fasano does not disappoint in yet again another great read. I actively pursue each new novel by her and look forward to the heartwarming stories she weaves.
BigAl70 More than 1 year ago
There is an old Chinese proverb that says "the journey is the reward." I've come to view romance novels the same way. The setup happens early. Start with two people -traditionally one man and one woman, although I think most states allow other combinations, at least in books- with at least one of the two not at all interested in the other, often actively disliking them. You know how the story is going to end. The entertainment, insight gained, or whatever reward the reader receives, is in the journey. Working within the conventions of the Romance genre while keeping the story fresh and believable requires both creativity and a keen insight into human behavior. A good romance author needs to understand the range of emotions, inspirations, and reactions of both men and women in many situations. Fasano has this, and her success thus far demonstrates it. For example, in "An Accidental Family," the man and woman don't like each other, but their reasons are based on faulty first impressions and misunderstood motivations. Helping them make that journey from not-a-chance-in-hell to happy couple while maintaining credibility is a talent, amply demonstrated here. Fasano's talent is the reader's reward. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy. **
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was full of emotion. I loved it and I will look for other books by this author.
SrgtRihaWife More than 1 year ago
I bought this book and had it finished in two days! I couldn't put it down. Being a newlywed myself, becoming a wife and living with someone you have never lived with is tuff, but add a 14 month old child who doesn't know you to the picture and I can totally relate to "Sara's" feelings. This book made me mad, laugh, and cry, sometimes all at the same time. I do wish the book was a little longer or atleast a sequel.
northamericanwordcat More than 1 year ago
This wasn't bad. It was just a little ho hum and and the romance didn't hook me. It has fun baby stuff though if you like to press your face to glass and watch new parents freak out and adapt like I sometimes like to do. :) 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I cried so much its sad yet happy
gaele More than 1 year ago
An AudioBook Review Have you ever wondered why most romance stories are not laden with children, families and other assorted issues that real people face each day? Because we read to escape, we read to find  potential in dreams penned of dashing heroes and damsels in distress,  that hope for the happy ending.  It’s a difficult balance, because we all have those groundhog days in our relationships, when family is the overwhelming attention grabber, and the time for romance gets pushed to the side.   Donna Fasano has managed that delicate balance in An Accidental Family and creates a story that both entertains and realistically portrays many of the situations faced in today’s relationships.   Although Jonas and Robin are tossed into turmoil with the loss of family members and the responsibility of parenting their just one year old nephew, they also must learn to work together and deal with their own personal conflict while doing the best for young Tony.  While they are struggling with their own and the baby’s grief, the sleepless nights and the inevitable battles that all parents know, Fasano has also managed to give Robin and Jonas incredibly strong and well defined interior voices, some interesting and often humorous conflicts and dialogue that is real in tone and content.  Both characters grow throughout the story, both personally and in their estimation and feelings for one another.    Beautifully narrated by Laura Jennings, you can hear her smile in the words that she is reading, especially in the parts that would strike a reader as humorous. A good combination of story and narration made for a perfect listen on a rainy and cold afternoon.  I received an AudioBook version from the author for purpose of honest review and feature on the Heard Word at I am, Indeed. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility. 
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This was a good book. I really liked it
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