Welcome to my stop on the book tour for Baby Dear by Linda Huber! I would like to thank Sarah from Bloodhound Books for coordinating the tour. Read below for the description of this fabulous book, as well as my review!
Caro and Jeff Horne seem to have it all until they learn that Jeff is infertile. Caro married Jeff because her biggest wish was to be a mother, and he had the means to give their children a better life than she’d had. Jeff, who is besotted with Caro, is terrified he will lose her now they can’t have a baby. Across town, Sharon is eight months pregnant and unsure if she really wants to be a mother. Soon her world will collide with Jeff’s. He wants to keep Caro happy and decides that getting a baby is the only way.
Then Caro is accidently drawn into an underworld of drugs…
Meanwhile, Jeff is increasingly desperate to find a baby – but what length’s is he prepared to go to? Is Sharon in danger, and will Caro ever have the family she’s always dreamed of?
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My Review: 4/5
A problem that is all too common for couples is not able to have children. There are a number of reasons why this is, but mostly it is due to some sort of underlying medical problem. In Baby Dear, Caro and Jeff are devastated to learn they will not ever be able to conceive a child. This is due to Jeff. After learning of the issue, Caro begins to doubt everything…her choice of a husband, her love for her husband, and her marriage. Jeff picks up on her doubts and vows to do everything he can to keep her, including plotting to kidnap a baby!
Sharon and Craig are on the opposite end of the spectrum. They are not prepared to have a child; they are busy with their careers. Sharon befriends a young librarian mother, Julie, who helps her overcome her fears of becoming a mother herself.
This book is different from most I’ve heard of considering the man (Jeff) is the one who is dealing with the feelings of shame, insecurity, and inadequacy. It was so frightening to go inside Jeff’s mind and hear him actually justify the kidnapping of a baby. He is so frightening and it made me question his sanity.
The best part of this book, in my opinion, Julie. She is a supporting character who is there for Sharon during all of her trials. She becomes her rock. As a single mother, her children are her number one priority. I also loved her blooming relationship with Max, the police officer who enters her life.
There was also a sub-storyline involving drugs, that Caro gets involved in. While I understand it’s purpose, it threw me off. It didn’t quite work for me.
The last part of this book is very action packed. It was little slow for me in the beginning and actually took a little time for me to get into it. I do recommend it, mainly because of the different aspect of the husband.
Linda grew up in Glasgow, Scotland, but went to work in Switzerland for a year aged twenty-two, and has lived there ever since. Her day jobs have included working as a physiotherapist in hospitals and schools for handicapped children, and teaching English in a medieval castle. Not to mention several years spent as a full-time mum to two boys, a rescue dog, and a large collection of goldfish and guinea pigs.
Her writing career began in the nineties, when she had over fifty feel-good short stories published in women’s magazines. Several years later, she discovered the love of her writing life – psychological suspense fiction. Her first novel was published in 2013, and was followed by four others. She has also published a charity collection of feel-good short stories.
After spending large chunks of the current decade moving house, Linda has now settled in a beautiful flat on the banks of Lake Constance in north-east Switzerland, and is working on another suspense novel.