Somebody's Baby (Darling, VT Series #3)

Somebody's Baby (Darling, VT Series #3)

by Donna Alward

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ISBN-13: 9781250092687
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Series: Darling, VT Series , #3
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 1,244,964
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

While bestselling author Donna Alward was busy studying Austen, Eliot and Shakespeare, she was also losing herself in the breathtaking stories created by romance novelists like LaVyrle Spencer, Judith McNaught, and Nora Roberts. Several years after completing her degree she decided to write a romance of her own and it was true love! Five years and ten manuscripts later she sold her first book and launched a new career. While her heartwarming stories of love, hope, and homecoming have been translated into several languages, hit bestseller lists and won awards, her very favorite thing is when she hears from happy readers!
Donna lives on Canada’s east coast with her family which includes a husband, a couple of kids, a senior dog and two crazy cats. When she’s not writing she enjoys reading (of course!), knitting, gardening, cooking…and is a Masterpiece Theater addict. She is the author of Somebody Like You, Somebody's Baby, and Someone to Love.

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Somebody's Baby (Darling, VT Series #3) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story was a second chance at love for both Rory and Oaklee. They just needed a special someone to learn to trust again. I'm glad they had that chance. It all start with an accident. The ending was beautiful.
Cheryl-S More than 1 year ago
This is book 3 in the Darling, Vermont series and it features Oaklee Callier and Rory Gallagher. This is a story about overcoming the pain of our past, good friends, love and family. The story line is great and so are the characters. Don't miss this visit to Darling, Vermont. Surprises are in store for you when you turn the pages of this fun and introspective small town romance. I can't wait to visit again.
BuckeyeAngel More than 1 year ago
grandmareads102 More than 1 year ago
Oakley Collier suffered a broken heart when her fiancée left her at the alter. She came back to Darling, VT determined never to be hurt again, but her resolve weakens when she meets a childhood friend. Rory was her brother's best friend. He, also, came back to heal. The women he loved said goodbye and broke his heart. Can these two find happiness togeather? They are both in pain. Oakley seems to have her life in order, but I felt her vulnerability. It was easy to empathize with her. I loved seeing her fall in love with Buster, the dog she was fostering. She took a chance. Rory is a veterinarian. He's handsome, sexy and hurting. He's become a serial dater to avoid commitment. He comes from a large, loving family, but he won't confide his pain to them. I wished he wasn't so reticent. Talking to those we love can be therapeutic. These two have amazing chemistry which pulled me into their romance. I enjoyed the setting. Darling, VT is such an inviting small town. This is where everyone knows you. Donna Alward wrote charismatic characters in a great romance. I enjoyed Somebody's Baby. I received a copy of this book which I voluntarily read. My comments are my honest opinion.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
What a fantastic story!! I am in awe and in tears. Somebody's baby is a sweet and heartwarming tale, yet so lifelike, so realistic, the feelings are raw and real, and easy to relate to. The process of falling in love while it has the charm and magic of the new feelings growing and blooming it is also difficult, awkward, an uphill battle, that takes time and emotional moments of hard conversations to be able to learn to trust again, have the courage to open your heart again to be vulnerable, to have faith in a lasting relationship. And when you add the meddling townfolks and family who means well but steps on the wrong toes, it all just shows that life and love is a fragile balance of glee and grim. I adored the characters and how they grew and developed through the story. Both Rory Gallagher and Oaklee Ferguson had had a devastating heartbreak in the past that they still struggled with. As they process the past hurt and its effects on them today, I was in tears as the feelings of betrayal and devastation were tangible. Rory has a reputation of a player for the past years, but he is a good guy. He is generous, honest, steadfast, and reliable. Oaklee, the social butterfly, hides her loneliness and the humiliation of the past breakup in her constant smile and cheerfulness. Her home is a mess, so she wouldn't feel the emptiness and solitude of her life. She is kind, always willing to help others, she is smart, capable, and fun, yet she is lonely in her heart. I loved the role Buster played in the story, how Oakley's life changed, how she changed after the dog walked into the scene and to her foster care. The chemistry and connection Oaklee had with Rory were evident to all to see, the attraction is obvious. But it takes more than an attraction to built something lasting, and that is what the story shows the readers, the building of something more - hope, faith, and trust - before love is possible. I am still feeling the ripples of the tale, of the heartfelt story so well crafted and told that it found an easy road to my heart. I have never highlighted so much while reading a book, as this story resonated with me on a very deep level, the words and thoughts of the characters so beautifully put together. This is a gem of a tale, going directly to my 2017 favorites file! ~ Five Spoons!
RachaelBrown More than 1 year ago
Rory, a veterinarian, convinces Oaklee to foster the dog that she accidentally hit with her car until he can find a permanent home for him. Oaklee isn't an animal person, but she reluctantly agrees since she feels guilty. As Rory and Oaklee spend time together while caring for Buster, they discover that they have chemistry. Too bad they have both been hurt in past relationships and aren't looking for a relationship. Add in the fact that Oaklee is Rory's best friend's little sister and it gets complicated. I enjoyed this sweet romance set in the town of Darling, VT. I loved Rory and Oaklee as a couple. Their interactions on Twitter were entertaining. I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy.
tiggeruoSO More than 1 year ago
Oaklee is home now for two years from college she loves the town she lives in and she loves her job, but it seems that all there is any more is baby showers and weddings. She knows love is real but she has just about had it with relationships. Rory is home and is the local vet and he loves what he does he has sworn off love but it seems to every where around him. When his best friends little sister comes to him about an injured dog they seem to want to work together to help this homeless dog. He likes things neat and tidy and everything planned out perfectly, she doesn't mind a little clutter in her life and she will grab life by the horns but will the secrets they have hold them back from the one thing they both want to bad? I so enjoyed this book you will be guaranteed to laugh, cry and laugh some more. The struggle between the two characters in their past makes the storyline that much more fun. I really enjoyed that the author through a dog who was rambunctious and had its own personality that added to the story and added so much fun to the story as well. I loved how the small town of Darling had such fun characters but also has away of showing what life is about, family, friends and coming together when all is needed. I loved how the story draws you in and you find yourself truly not wanting to put the book down for any reason, it truly seemed like a quick read. I had not read the other books in the series it was not hard to catch on what was going on, however it make you want to go back and read the others to see what fun they had. Grab this book you won't regret it.
gromine49 More than 1 year ago
Oh, how lovely this story is! This the story about a vet and his best friend's sister, Oaklee(what a cool name), when they reconnect after she accidentally hits a dog and stops by Rory's practice. Tugs at your heart, and makes you sigh with joy when you get to the end. Wonderful.
Honolulubelle More than 1 year ago
My Rating: 4.5 Favorite Quotes: Your inner child is incorrigible and always was. Do you ever feel left out? Like the rest of the family gets ‘it’ but something doesn’t quite fit right? Like someone else’s shoes, and the arch is wrong or the heel’s worn on one side? I remember you saying the night he left, that you always knew he was somebody’s baby, but you’d wanted him to be yours. This time, Oaklee, no one is going to come and tell you that you were wrong. That this love doesn’t belong to you, or you don’t deserve it. No one is going to make you feel like your love isn’t worth having. My Review: Oaklee was a former homecoming queen and outwardly, she typically presented as perky and perfectly put together, as she had perfected that façade. No one ever saw her home, because she was a total slob and her home was a mess, and she liked it that way. Rory seemed happy-go-lucky, when he was actually highly structured, a planner, and an OCD neat freak. Oaklee did not date. Rory was a serial dater. Yet they had more in common than they knew. When Oaklee ran over a “silly mutt with funny eyebrows” and ended up at Rory’s vet clinic, their lives would never be the same. I adored this couple, they had both been deeply damaged by disastrous relationships and while they were not always likable, both were endearing flawed and more than deserving of the good things in life. The storyline was full of feels and populated by interesting and appealing characters. I have enjoyed each of the three trips I’ve made to Darling, Vermont and am delighted that Ms. Alward decided to make the Gallagher clan so prolific as it leaves us with many more siblings to be featured as she weaves her tapestry of captivating tales.
mamalovestoread22 More than 1 year ago
In the small town of Darling Rory Gallagher is known as the heart-breaker, it's not that he means to do it, it's just that he dates a woman, they get attached, he feels pressured and his need to be a free man takes over and he is gone. He isn't anywhere ready to be a settled man, he likes his the way it is, and having the privilege of doing what he wants, and not having to worry about answering to anyone. He has always thought when the right woman for him comes along he'll know and then he'll be ready to give up his bachelor ways... he doesn't need the town's famed kissing bridge to dictate his future... or does he? Oaklee Ferguson has never understood what all the fuss is about when it comes to the towns famed handsome veterinarian Rory Gallagher, yes he is good looking, but he's nothing to get all twisted up about, or is he? She has heard all the rumors, seen the remnants of the trail of broken hearts he leaves behind, but his tempting bedroom eyes and charming smile have no effect on her whatsoever... That is until she finds herself on his office steps late one night with an injured dog. Watching him care for the injured animal starts to do weird things to her heart, and then when he settles his caring eyes on her she knows she is in trouble... something about this man is making her feel things for him she never thought were possible! I always enjoy my visits to Darling, the towns people there always have a special way of pulling me into their world and having me never wanting to say goodbye, each one always finding a way to secure a treasured spot in my heart. But I have to say this may just be my favorite visit yet, meeting Rory and Oaklee, and reading their touching story really struck a cord with me. I am not sure what it was about these two that resonated with me so much, but from the moment they both walked onto the page I was completely captivated by them, their story really stirred the emotions up and had me feeling the intent behind every word. Their story was a perfect blend of romance, heartfelt emotion, and humor, and I truly loved every minute of it!! I think it is safe to say that Ms. Alward has another bestseller on her hands with this one, it is certain to win the hearts of all romance readers!! I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this title.
bouncyberthaCR More than 1 year ago
4.5 - "I'm not sure you and I will ever be just friends..." Stars! The next book in Donna Alward’s Darling, VT series; Somebody’s Baby gives the third and final Gallagher brother his happily ever after. Vet, Rory Gallagher, is what you would affectionately call a serial dater... That is until Oaklee Collier brings an injured dog to his clinic one evening. There is just something about this series that has just pulled me wholly into it, I think a lot of it is based in the fact that Donna has delivered characters in each book that as a reader you just cannot help but like and empathize with, even in the times they are acting against what you as a reader can see as being best for them. Rory and Oaklee’s story is based around the classic and beloved 'Older brothers best friend' trope, only Oaklee’s brother is no longer in town, and Rory no longer see’s her as his annoying little sister. "I’m pretty sure we wouldn’t be compatible..." So what starts out non-relationship with frenemy leanings, built initially around the caring of a destitute dog, gradually morphs into something more as they both admit that they are more than a little attracted to each other. "Damn, but you’re beautiful when you get riled up." You gradually see through the time they spend together that both of them are inherently lonely. Rory hides a hurt from his past behind his cheeky persona, and the fact he avoids relationships may not just be because he is scared of commitment. Oaklee, has pretty much lived for work since returning to town, so the introduction of Buster the dog to her life, followed by regular interaction with Rory (someone who she has had a crush on for years) brings about all sorts of emotions and feelings that she has long kept buried. And while Buster the dog is unashamedly working his way into her heart and bed, Rory is doing the same thing but a little more cautiously. "I hate being alone. I have the loneliness and I’m so godrammed afraid to ask for anything more..." "Why?" "Because it hurts. Because it’s not real. And in the end, you’re left standing alone surrounded by a world made up of couples and lovers, and wondering what the hell you did that was so wrong, that made you unloveable." I think Somebody’s Baby may just be my favourite of the series so far. The author in all three books has managed to bring the drama to each couples story, but keep it relevant and not overdone, but this book, gah! I was in floods of tears at points, but they were happy tears, even though my heart was breaking for them as a couple at the time. Again Oaklee and Rory are both characters you can’t help but like, although at points you also want to bang their heads together as well. We have three single Gallagher sisters still waiting for their stories to be told, and I hope that the author and the publisher are looking to tell them soon, this is another series that I can see myself going back to re-read again and again in the future.
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Somebody’s Baby by Donna Alward Darling, VT #3 Both Rory Gallagher and Oaklee Ferguson have been hurt by their significant other in the past. Both are back in Darling, VT but neither one is ready to seek a relationship. Oaklee is the younger sister of Rory’s best friends so they have known each other for years. There is definite chemistry between them that has never been acted upon. They are thrust together when Oaklee takes an injured dog to Rory’s veterinary clinic for treatment and then again when he talks her into fostering it in her home. Their relationship grows but with both fighting their attraction it seems to take forever for the two to be able to trust and truly communicate with one another to finally reach a HFN by the end of the book. This is a well told small town romance with family, friends and romance. I enjoyed the story but enjoyed the previous two books a wee bit more. Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for the ARC – this is my honest review. 3.5 Stars
Bette313 More than 1 year ago
I love this series and this book fantastic. The characters, the town, the family, these are just a few of the things that I love in these stories. This is Rory Gallagher's story. He's known in Darling for two things. His love of animals and his way with the ladies. Then he runs into the one woman who is immune to his charm and he's captivated. Oaklee is back in Darling and finds herself face to face with her one time crush Rory Gallagher. She may be determined to not get caught up in him all over again, but his kindness and gentle nature eventually pull her in. This is a lovely sweet read with a nice slow build romance. Definitely a book I would recommend.
ytcruz More than 1 year ago
have read and loved the previous books in this series, and this one did not disappoint me. I was concerned since I don’t read 20 something stories and should have known better. While Ms Alward always gives us an interesting story, what draws me to her writing is the depth of her character development. In this story , we have Rory, youngest of the Gallagher brothers and a vet in the town of Darling. He is known as a serial dater. Oaklee works for the city as their cyber PR person. and is considered cold and standoffish . She is also the younger sister of Rory’s best friend. Oaklee had a crush on Rory when she was young and Rory considered her as “no trespassing” because of the friendship code. They are attracted to each other but both have a lot of emotional baggage they are carrying. It’s a story filled with heartache, disappointments, trust issues , lost hopes, shattered hearts and feelings of worthlessness. But it’s also a story about redemption, hope, trust and the wonders of love both of humans and the unconditional love of a pet. A story worth reading . Hope there will be more in the future for this series. I was gifted this book by Netgalley. The opinions expressed are solely my own.