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He had a plan… She changed it all! Major Aidan Murphy arrives in the charming small town of Hollydale to take full guardianship of his six-year-old nephew. Only there’s a slight problem—his vivacious, fiery co-guardian. School teacher Natalie Harrison has no intention of letting Aidan take her best friend’s heartbroken little boy away. Now Aidan must convince Natalie that bl He had a plan… She changed it all! Major Aidan Murphy arrives in the charming small town of Hollydale to take full guardianship of his six-year-old nephew. Only there’s a slight problem—his vivacious, fiery co-guardian. School teacher Natalie Harrison has no intention of letting Aidan take her best friend’s heartbroken little boy away. Now Aidan must convince Natalie that blood is stronger than love…even if his heart tells him otherwise.


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He had a plan… She changed it all! Major Aidan Murphy arrives in the charming small town of Hollydale to take full guardianship of his six-year-old nephew. Only there’s a slight problem—his vivacious, fiery co-guardian. School teacher Natalie Harrison has no intention of letting Aidan take her best friend’s heartbroken little boy away. Now Aidan must convince Natalie that bl He had a plan… She changed it all! Major Aidan Murphy arrives in the charming small town of Hollydale to take full guardianship of his six-year-old nephew. Only there’s a slight problem—his vivacious, fiery co-guardian. School teacher Natalie Harrison has no intention of letting Aidan take her best friend’s heartbroken little boy away. Now Aidan must convince Natalie that blood is stronger than love…even if his heart tells him otherwise.

30 review for The Soldier's Unexpected Family: A Clean Romance

  1. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    What a fun meet cute this novel had! I was laughing out loud at Aidan misunderstanding what Natalie was complaining about and Natalie misunderstanding who Aidan was! Of course, once the situation became clear, the real conundrum began. As co-guardians, living in different places, what arrangement would be best for Danny? In this opposites-attract story, the romantic tension that built between Natalie and Aidan was heightened because even as they fell for each other, all signs seemed to be pointin What a fun meet cute this novel had! I was laughing out loud at Aidan misunderstanding what Natalie was complaining about and Natalie misunderstanding who Aidan was! Of course, once the situation became clear, the real conundrum began. As co-guardians, living in different places, what arrangement would be best for Danny? In this opposites-attract story, the romantic tension that built between Natalie and Aidan was heightened because even as they fell for each other, all signs seemed to be pointing to imminent heartache when Aidan left, either by himself, or taking Danny with him. Danny was very well-written. He was a grieving little boy who loved his Aunt Natalie and his Uncle Aidan. The moments where he missed his mom and was reluctant to laugh and have fun because he missed her were very sweetly written. I enjoyed this small town story. I have read the other two books in the series, so it was fun to return to Hollydale, however, this novel can definitely be read as a stand alone. I am hoping that there will be a future book starring Natalie’s twin sister, Becks. I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own. You can read this review on my blog: https://brittreadsfiction.wordpress.c...

  2. 5 out of 5

    Marie

    Thank you in advance to the author, Tanya Agler, for providing a complimentary review copy through Prism Book Tours. A positive review was not required or requested and all thoughts are my own. This is my third (3rd) visit to Hollydale and I can hardly believe it was a year ago that I was making my first visit with The Sheriff’s Second Chance. How is that possible? Easy … reading good books! Seriously though … Despite the cutesy, family cover; this book was a bit different than the other ones wi Thank you in advance to the author, Tanya Agler, for providing a complimentary review copy through Prism Book Tours. A positive review was not required or requested and all thoughts are my own. This is my third (3rd) visit to Hollydale and I can hardly believe it was a year ago that I was making my first visit with The Sheriff’s Second Chance. How is that possible? Easy … reading good books! Seriously though … Despite the cutesy, family cover; this book was a bit different than the other ones with a more realistic slant to it. And, I have to admit, the author did a fantastic job at countering the realistic grief and the stringent military life. She certainly highlights the view of custody – Aiden’s rigidity versus Natalie’s nurturing. Right off, it grabbed me, and I read 47 pages in no time. I honestly didn’t want to put it down. Agler’s easy style and flow with even pacing made this easy to read. The plot is beautiful, heart-breaking, endearing. But readers should be warned that this deals with the death of a single parent and obvious grief. I adored the relationship that Natalie and Danny had right off, despite it only being three (3) months since his mother’s death. Agler realistically details the grief that Danny had to have been experiencing which makes his uncle coming into his life … complicated. And, right off, I didn’t like Aiden. While Natalie understood that Danny needed a support system, Aiden didn’t get the idea that Danny needed more than rigidity and routines. Natalie was a wonderful advocate for Danny. This begins with Natalie and a parade float – her goal, making the parade the best for Danny. Though it is her frustration with it that Aiden mistakes for Danny and that is where the miscommunication lies. From there, Aiden is on a one-track goal – custody of Danny, despite what his sister really intends – for Danny to be raised in Hollydale. It is strange that a stranger, despite being friends, knows more of what Shelby intended. And, Danny’s therapy is going as well as can be expected there in Hollydale. And, they are each trying to convince the other what is better for Danny. Then there is his attachment to Natalie. Natalie is also focused on the parade float. And, that becomes a running story line that brings her and Aiden together. Yet, despite this, even halfway into the story – Aiden wasn’t getting it. And, the reader sees the struggle between the love and support angle versus consistency and discipline. While Aiden slowly warms to Natalie, he is hoping she’d have relented by then. The mayor brings up a good point, that rallying around Danny represents the community. And, Natalie tells Aiden that life can be planned out, but not love. The two have polarizing views, but in talking they see the other’s point. For Natalie, it was planning something big and losing it that showed her to live in the moment. For Aiden, plans and schedules avoid dealing with “life”. Even the mayor has some “advice”; though it is more like “stories” and parables to get Aiden to thinking. There is also Aiden’s continual involvement in the parade and community, mostly at the behest of the mayor. Aiden keeps getting “roped” into other projects involved with it. And, it is cute to see the characters working to convince him to “settle” in Hollydale. Natalie’s family picnic even shows Aiden something he’s been missing, and what his nephew might miss, but still – Aiden refuses to budge. But, it isn’t until Aiden gets a rude awakening about his military life that he begins to see his own “plans” unravel. One thing that floored me about Aiden – the lack of planning for Danny’s care while Aiden was working and contingency in case he was deployed again. It seemed that his plans didn’t seem to reveal that information. And, to me, that was definitely crucial. But, it also showed he wasn’t “thinking” any further than the custody arrangement. I understand the importance of family, but Aiden needed to work with Natalie to provide the entire picture. Each wanted Danny, but needed to see what was best for Danny, and one issue was stability. Part of that stability was care while Aiden was working. More so if he got deployed again. Anyone who is military knows how easily that can happen. Other than that, overall, it was a joy, and sometimes frustrating book to read. Yet, Agler made it work. There were some laugh-out-loud moments (something about heat and a barbecue sauce that could scorch someone’s toupée). And, obviously a happy ending. Other characters from the series return – Mike and Georgie Harrison, Caleb and Lucie, even the pigs from book #2 get a mention. And, I also LOVED the CHEERWINE COLA shout-out. FYI: I discovered it when I stopped at the Alien Jerky Store in Baker, California back in 2012. FELL IN LOVE WITH IT. And, on some of my trips to and from California – I HAVE to get some. I also found it at the Baker Country Store. This is the author’s third book and it has been a pleasure and honor to read her books from her debut. I look forward to any future books in this series or even another one. Given that this series, despite being larger print, is “bigger” than the others; I read it in a day. I honestly did not want to put this down! Those who’ve read the previous two and/or love the heartwarming line are sure to enjoy this. This is a clean read with no sex or foul language.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Abigail Harris

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  4. 4 out of 5

    Terri Gillespie

    Tanya Agler’s third book in the Hollydale series, The Soldier’s Unexpected Family is a gem. Like the quaint town of Hollydale, readers will love exploring the unique and loveable characters supporting this romantic story. An excerpt of the back cover copy: Major Aidan Murphy arrives in the charming small town of Hollydale to take full guardianship of his six-year-old nephew. Only there’s a slight problem—his vivacious, fiery co-guardian. School teacher Natalie Harrison has no intention of lettin Tanya Agler’s third book in the Hollydale series, The Soldier’s Unexpected Family is a gem. Like the quaint town of Hollydale, readers will love exploring the unique and loveable characters supporting this romantic story. An excerpt of the back cover copy: Major Aidan Murphy arrives in the charming small town of Hollydale to take full guardianship of his six-year-old nephew. Only there’s a slight problem—his vivacious, fiery co-guardian. School teacher Natalie Harrison has no intention of letting Aidan take her best friend’s heartbroken little boy away. Agler has given us a charming romance with real emotions and believable consequences to a difficult situation. I must say, I truly enjoyed getting to know Hollydale and its citizens. Warm, cantankerous, and generous—would that we could all live in such a delightful city. I highly recommend The Soldier’s Unexpected Family for a fireside read in a comfy blanket with some cocoa. Marshmallows, optional. The author and publisher provided a complimentary copy in exchange for an honest review. The above is just that, my honest review.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kendra Neal

    The Soldier's Unexpected Family is the third book in Tanya Agler's Hollydale Heroines series.I have read the first 2 books in this series and was excited to read this one also. Natalie Harrison has taken in her Best Friend's 6yr old son, Danny, after Danny's mom passed away. She promised her friend to take care of Danny. Aiden Murphy is a Major in the Military and is also Danny's only surviving relative. He arrives in Hollydale to take full Guardianship of Danny and take him to his next Military The Soldier's Unexpected Family is the third book in Tanya Agler's Hollydale Heroines series.I have read the first 2 books in this series and was excited to read this one also. Natalie Harrison has taken in her Best Friend's 6yr old son, Danny, after Danny's mom passed away. She promised her friend to take care of Danny. Aiden Murphy is a Major in the Military and is also Danny's only surviving relative. He arrives in Hollydale to take full Guardianship of Danny and take him to his next Military assignment. Natalie and Aiden both want to take guardianship of Danny, and both have different opinions of where he should live. In the process of making decisions and finding out what would be best for Danny, Natalie and Aiden find themselves attracted to one another, even though they are complete opposites.Do opposites attract enough for Aiden to stay in Hollydale? Will there be an uniting of the 3 and a Happily Ever After for all? Tanya Agler really is a great writer and I was pulled into the book from the very first chapter. I really LOVE Small Towns and stories about Small Towns. The "family feel" really shows in Small Town books. The relationship between Natalie and Aiden and how much they care for and LOVE Danny, really brings this book some joy. I really like how Natalie is so motherly to Danny and helps him with his grief. The entire book just has a great Family feel to it. I also need to say that even though this is book 3 in the series, it reads really great as a Stand Alone book. FANTASTIC BOOK!!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Ochegba

    Beautiful story and such a wonderful meet cute. From misunderstandings to trying to figure out how to help a grieving child, I love how this story was written. Sometimes it takes our plans unraveling and things not working the way we want to finally see what's been in front of us the whole time. It took Aidan a while to understand why Natalie was set in making sure Danny had love and not just structure. It was a fun and enjoyable read. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author via Beautiful story and such a wonderful meet cute. From misunderstandings to trying to figure out how to help a grieving child, I love how this story was written. Sometimes it takes our plans unraveling and things not working the way we want to finally see what's been in front of us the whole time. It took Aidan a while to understand why Natalie was set in making sure Danny had love and not just structure. It was a fun and enjoyable read. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the author via JustRead tours. All opinions expressed are solely mine.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Connie Saunders

    One single kindergarten teacher wanting to honor the request of her recently deceased best-friend. One grieving brother who believes that he is the best person to raise his nephew. One precious little boy who loves them both. Is there a compromise or will hearts be broken? The Soldier's Unexpected Family has all of the feels that I've come to expect from Tanya Agler. She completely captures the fear, grief, and confusion of three people who've each lost someone special and she perfectly portrays One single kindergarten teacher wanting to honor the request of her recently deceased best-friend. One grieving brother who believes that he is the best person to raise his nephew. One precious little boy who loves them both. Is there a compromise or will hearts be broken? The Soldier's Unexpected Family has all of the feels that I've come to expect from Tanya Agler. She completely captures the fear, grief, and confusion of three people who've each lost someone special and she perfectly portrays the growing attraction between Natalie and Aidan. And then there's the setting! Who wouldn't want to live in a place where people know and care for each other? Aidan's choice to take Danny away grows harder and harder as he interacts with the residents of Hollydale. If you enjoy contemporary stories with intriguing characters and sweet romance, you will certainly want to read The Soldier's Unexpected Family! I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author through Prism book tours. These are my own thoughts.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Suzie Waltner

    When regimented Aiden Murphy arrives in Hollydale, the last thing he expects is to be charmed by the town of Hollydale and one free-spirited kindergarten teacher. In The Soldier’s Unexpected Family, Tanya Agler returns readers to the charming North Carolina town with residents with big hearts. I loved visiting Hollydale again and reading about characters from Agler’s previous books as well as meeting some new residents. And the way the town reels Aiden in is both sweet and a bit funny. Little Da When regimented Aiden Murphy arrives in Hollydale, the last thing he expects is to be charmed by the town of Hollydale and one free-spirited kindergarten teacher. In The Soldier’s Unexpected Family, Tanya Agler returns readers to the charming North Carolina town with residents with big hearts. I loved visiting Hollydale again and reading about characters from Agler’s previous books as well as meeting some new residents. And the way the town reels Aiden in is both sweet and a bit funny. Little Danny wrapped me around his wounded heart from the opening pages and the sizzle (the good kind) between Natalie and Aiden sparks from the beginning. While the timeline of the overall story is short, the progression of the romance is well paced, and there is a ton happening within these pages. Family, friends, community, and romance come together in what (for me) is Agler’s best book yet. Disclosure statement: I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book and was not required to write a positive review. All opinions are my own.

  9. 4 out of 5

    J.E. Grace

    Aiden is an active military man with a year to go before he is discharged. He's more structured and goal-sett. He has met his match with Natalie who is spontaneous, living every day to its fullest and has a love for her small town. Tanya has another winner. The characters are enjoyable, unpredictable at times, and even quirky. The story is about two people who want what's best for six-year-old, Danny, but with different ideas about what that is. Small town v/s city. It's a sweet romance, tension Aiden is an active military man with a year to go before he is discharged. He's more structured and goal-sett. He has met his match with Natalie who is spontaneous, living every day to its fullest and has a love for her small town. Tanya has another winner. The characters are enjoyable, unpredictable at times, and even quirky. The story is about two people who want what's best for six-year-old, Danny, but with different ideas about what that is. Small town v/s city. It's a sweet romance, tension-filled story but with lots of tender moments. I loved how the characters engaged in real down-to-earth moments and grew as the story unfolded. Highly recommended.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Janice Sisemore

    The Soldier’s unexpected Family I loved Natalie and Aidan story. Six year old Danny is left with Natalie when he mom passed away. She is his guardian but then his uncle comes show up. Who will Danny end up with? I really enjoyed The Soldier’s unexpected Family. I loved how Aidan helped with the float that Natalie was working on. The small town of Hollydale was a amazing town? I enjoy the author’s writing and look forward to reading more books by her. I received a complimentary copy of the book f The Soldier’s unexpected Family I loved Natalie and Aidan story. Six year old Danny is left with Natalie when he mom passed away. She is his guardian but then his uncle comes show up. Who will Danny end up with? I really enjoyed The Soldier’s unexpected Family. I loved how Aidan helped with the float that Natalie was working on. The small town of Hollydale was a amazing town? I enjoy the author’s writing and look forward to reading more books by her. I received a complimentary copy of the book from the author through Prism book tours. This book review is my own opinion.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Connie Carpenter

    The Soldier's Unexpected Family By Tanya Agler is part of the Harlequin Heartwarming line. When you read the heartwarming line you know you will get a sweet, clean romance. This book is part of the Heroines of Hollydale series. I have read one other book in the series, A Ranger for the Twins. You can see my review: HERE. In this story we meet Aiden Murphy and Natalie Harrison both care deeply for Danny. Both are strong characters as in they want to be the in charge guardian of Danny. Aiden think The Soldier's Unexpected Family By Tanya Agler is part of the Harlequin Heartwarming line. When you read the heartwarming line you know you will get a sweet, clean romance. This book is part of the Heroines of Hollydale series. I have read one other book in the series, A Ranger for the Twins. You can see my review: HERE. In this story we meet Aiden Murphy and Natalie Harrison both care deeply for Danny. Both are strong characters as in they want to be the in charge guardian of Danny. Aiden thinks that he should, since he is his uncle. Natalie thinks that she should be because she was best friend's with Danny's mom. Aiden is a military man - he is used to structure and order. Natalie is spontaneous and goes with the flow. These two characters are so determined to prove the other wrong and end up on top that it made me smile. During this process you can feel the romantic tension leap off the pages. The author has done a great job creating a fun town, with real world problems. Her characters are well written and comical. I have enjoyed getting to know the people of Holly Dale. I wish that this town and characters were real. I received a copy of this book through Prism Book Tours. All thoughts are my own.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Robin Reynolds

    I love an opposites-attract romance, and this book fit that perfectly. My review is live at Fresh Fiction: https://freshfiction.com/review.php?i... I love an opposites-attract romance, and this book fit that perfectly. My review is live at Fresh Fiction: https://freshfiction.com/review.php?i...

  13. 4 out of 5

    Andrea

    This is the third book in the series. I read and enjoy the first book in the series, but somehow missed the second one! (Which I will go back to reread soon!) I didn't feel like I had missed anything, though, so feel confident that you can read this one completely as a standalone. You'll just enjoy a few of the characters some more if you go back and read the others. Talk about complete opposites! Natalie is very laid-back, sweet, prepared for anything but can also fly by the seat of her pants. I This is the third book in the series. I read and enjoy the first book in the series, but somehow missed the second one! (Which I will go back to reread soon!) I didn't feel like I had missed anything, though, so feel confident that you can read this one completely as a standalone. You'll just enjoy a few of the characters some more if you go back and read the others. Talk about complete opposites! Natalie is very laid-back, sweet, prepared for anything but can also fly by the seat of her pants. I think she is a good balance between being spontaneous and being a planner, though she leans a bit more toward the spontaneous side. She has a tremendous love for life and living in the moment. She is also a kindergarten teacher, which really helped me to relate to her ability to go with the flow and care for people, most especially her best friend's orphaned son Danny. Aidan is hard for me to warm up to. He's military and very rigid. He also had experiences in his own life that helped to feed this strict part of his personality. He comes to town to claim custody of his biological nephew after his sister's untimely passing. He and Natalie butt heads from the very beginning. Not only are they complete opposites, but they are also fighting for the same thing - custody of Danny. The boy's mother knew what she was doing when she set up guardianship for her son, but these two seem to have a hard time accepting it. They're both very stubborn and I just kept yelling at them to figure out a compromise. I feel like I had some good ones figured out pretty early on, but they both dig in their heels and only want their way. At the same time, by digging in their heels, they are able to teach each other how to give a little bit. Aidan can learn how to relax a little bit and Natalie can learn to be a bit more firm. The two are attracted to each other, though I admit I didn't quite feel the heat of the sparks flying off of the pages as much as the story insinuated. I could totally see how it would happen, though. Those we battle the most can end up being the most attractive, right? Finding that balance could create a great relationship, and you find yourself wanting them to figure it all out, for themselves and for Danny. I really do enjoy this setting of Hollydale and want to visit there. It was fun seeing characters from earlier books making appearances. And I have a feeling I know who is going to be the star of the next book in this series. I am looking forward to returning in the next installment. Thank you to Prism Book Tours and the author for my requested review copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Julie

    Sparkling, scintillating and simply enchanting, Tanya Agler’s The Soldier’s Unexpected Family is a poignant romantic read guaranteed to lift your spirits and touch your soul. Major Aidan Murphy has come to the small town of Hollydale with his most important mission to date: to take full guardianship of his six year old nephew. Aidan fully intends on putting this heartbroken little boy first and he vows to do whatever it takes to give him the best possible childhood. Aidan knows that the road ahea Sparkling, scintillating and simply enchanting, Tanya Agler’s The Soldier’s Unexpected Family is a poignant romantic read guaranteed to lift your spirits and touch your soul. Major Aidan Murphy has come to the small town of Hollydale with his most important mission to date: to take full guardianship of his six year old nephew. Aidan fully intends on putting this heartbroken little boy first and he vows to do whatever it takes to give him the best possible childhood. Aidan knows that the road ahead is anything but easy, however, little does he realize that he isn’t about to be given sole custody of his nephew. Rather, he is going to be sharing guardianship with a fiery schoolteacher who is not about to let anyone or anything come between her and her best friend’s grieving little boy: Natalie Harrison. Natalie is willing to move mountains for the child in her care and when the boy’s uncle Major Aidan Murphy swoops in about to take her best friend’s son away from her, she is certainly not about to roll over and let him take charge. Blood might be thicker than water, but her best friend wanted her to be a part of her son’s life and she is not about to give up without a fight. Although tempers flare and harsh words are exchanged, it soon becomes clear that both Aidan and Natalie have the child’s best interest at heart. Could they possibly put their differences aside and start working together for an adorable little boy whose entire world had crumbled? As Aidan and Natalie come to an understanding, it soon becomes clear that they’ve developed feelings for one another which quickly intensify, leading the two of them to wonder whether they could become a family for real… Moving, witty and hard to put down, Tanya Agler’s The Soldier’s Unexpected Family is an emotional romance about second chances, unexpected beginnings and healing from the past that will hold readers spellbound from the very first page. Aidan and Natalie are two wonderful characters who instantly come alive and their love story is sure to enchant and delight readers everywhere. A captivating romantic read, Tanya Agler’s The Soldier’s Unexpected Family is a tender and heart-warming tale you will thoroughly enjoy.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Amy

    Sometimes it is nice to just read a sweet romance and watch a couple fall in love and do what is best for all involved. This story starts out three months after a tragic incident and it is up to two people to help put a little boy's life back together. Major Aidan Murphy his uncle and his honorary aunt Natalie Harrison. Both of them have been given guardianship of Danny by his late mother. Natalie is a fun loving person and always looking at the bright side of life kind of gal. I liked her and she Sometimes it is nice to just read a sweet romance and watch a couple fall in love and do what is best for all involved. This story starts out three months after a tragic incident and it is up to two people to help put a little boy's life back together. Major Aidan Murphy his uncle and his honorary aunt Natalie Harrison. Both of them have been given guardianship of Danny by his late mother. Natalie is a fun loving person and always looking at the bright side of life kind of gal. I liked her and she was very much like a breath of fresh air for Aidan and his more stoic and stubborn ways. He wants to take Danny away and start over someplace new, on his military base and Natalie wants him to give Hollydale a chance. And maybe even her. Both Natalie and Aidan wanted what was best for Danny, they were just coming at it from different points of view. They were at least united in the end goal. Will Natalie be able to break into the tough exterior of Aidan and in doing so will they be able to help a hurting little boy? This was a sweet romance that told the story of the possibilities that a new and happier future just might be what was needed after all. I was provided a copy of this novel from the author. I was not required to post a positive review and all views and opinions are my own. https://pausefortales.blogspot.com/20...

  16. 5 out of 5

    Randi Sampson

    The Soldier's Unexpected Family is the third book in Tanya Agler's Hollydale Heroines series. To be honest, this is the first in the series that I had read and I didn't actually realize that it was part of a series when I began. There were a few instances where it seemed previous stories were referenced, but for the most part it was fine as a standalone... though it certainly had me wanting to go back and read more stories about Hollydale. In this story, we meet Natalie who has taken on the role The Soldier's Unexpected Family is the third book in Tanya Agler's Hollydale Heroines series. To be honest, this is the first in the series that I had read and I didn't actually realize that it was part of a series when I began. There were a few instances where it seemed previous stories were referenced, but for the most part it was fine as a standalone... though it certainly had me wanting to go back and read more stories about Hollydale. In this story, we meet Natalie who has taken on the role of guardian for her best friend's son following her death. When his uncle Aiden arrives in town with plans to take him away, she has to convince him that Hollydale is the best place for him. What follows is a sweet romance filled with small town charm and a cute kid that you won't be help to help falling in love with. Having married my own opposite, there is always something about an opposites attract story that I enjoy. I enjoyed the chemistry between Natalie and Aiden, but even more than that I really loved getting to know the town of Hollydale. It was very much like a character in and of itself and I couldn't get enough. I found myself enjoying the sense of community and wanting to come back to Hollydaye again and again. If you enjoy a sweet romance, this is certainly one to check out. **I received a complimentary copy of this book for consideration. All thoughts are my own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sherida Stewart

    Another charming visit to Hollydale where romance warms the heart! If you enjoy sweet romance stories filled with small town charm, you will delight in a visit to Hollydale. In The Soldier’s Unexpected Family, by Tanya Alger, Air Force Major Aidan Murphy arrives in town to assume guardianship of his nephew, Danny. He finds his sister’s dear friend, kindergarten teacher Natalie Harrison, is also the co-guardian. Since each of them have different plans for the child’s future, the conflict is immedi Another charming visit to Hollydale where romance warms the heart! If you enjoy sweet romance stories filled with small town charm, you will delight in a visit to Hollydale. In The Soldier’s Unexpected Family, by Tanya Alger, Air Force Major Aidan Murphy arrives in town to assume guardianship of his nephew, Danny. He finds his sister’s dear friend, kindergarten teacher Natalie Harrison, is also the co-guardian. Since each of them have different plans for the child’s future, the conflict is immediate. They both want the best for young Danny, who is suffering from the sudden loss of his mother. The story unfolds as the two opposite personalities struggle to determine the right direction and, along the way, realize their attraction to each other. I enjoyed the warm small community feel of the story and the strong, but different, personalities of Aidan and Natalie. I especially loved the surprise resolutions....of many issues....which makes for a delightful ending. I wish I could stop by for a strawberry scone! Favorite quotes: “It doesn’t take blood to make a family. It takes love.” “Sometimes you have to dream big and then back it up with action.” “Home starts with people who care about you.”

  18. 4 out of 5

    Kate Vale

    Natalie Harrison loves Danny as if he was born to her, instead of her best friend. And she'll do anything to help the little boy come to terms with the death of his mother. When his Uncle Aidan shows up, his only remaining biological family member, Aidan plans to take him to his next duty station. But that means pulling him away from Natalie and all the members of the little town where he's lived for the past year. How can this be resolved without harming Danny and breaking at least one adult's Natalie Harrison loves Danny as if he was born to her, instead of her best friend. And she'll do anything to help the little boy come to terms with the death of his mother. When his Uncle Aidan shows up, his only remaining biological family member, Aidan plans to take him to his next duty station. But that means pulling him away from Natalie and all the members of the little town where he's lived for the past year. How can this be resolved without harming Danny and breaking at least one adult's heart? A fourth of July gathering that includes a contest for the best pie becomes part of the solution to what seems like an insoluble problem. So also does the unexpected arrival of Natalie's identical twin. But will Aidan see the town as a place he wants to come back to? And will Natalie let go of her intention to stay there forever and move to where Aidan is expected to finish out his military career? You'll have to read to find out. I won't give things away.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    4.5 Stars I really enjoyed this book. This book is a make you feel good story. It's really beautiful, but it did have tears forming in my eyes at times. My heart just breaks for little Danny. I just wanted to hug him. This small town just wraps it arms around him. I loved Aiden and Natalie. They may seem like opposites, but they fit like puzzle pieces. Aiden doesn't know what hits him when comes to Hollydale. He experiences the magic and kindness of this little town. Natalie pulls at the heartstr 4.5 Stars I really enjoyed this book. This book is a make you feel good story. It's really beautiful, but it did have tears forming in my eyes at times. My heart just breaks for little Danny. I just wanted to hug him. This small town just wraps it arms around him. I loved Aiden and Natalie. They may seem like opposites, but they fit like puzzle pieces. Aiden doesn't know what hits him when comes to Hollydale. He experiences the magic and kindness of this little town. Natalie pulls at the heartstrings as well because she has gone through a lot herself. She puts 110 percent of herself into everything to help heal the wounds of loss. She's a breathe of sunshine for Aiden. This book was great, but for me when there is a kitten involved you have me sold. My heart exploded with Aiden taking care of Stormy. I would highly recommend this one. You won't be disappointed.

  20. 5 out of 5

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  21. 4 out of 5

    Heidi Nielsen

  22. 5 out of 5

    Terri

  23. 5 out of 5

    Heather

  24. 5 out of 5

    Lida A. Lattanzio

  25. 4 out of 5

    Jeanine Englert

  26. 5 out of 5

    Emma

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tiffany Witherington

  28. 5 out of 5

    Brenda

  29. 5 out of 5

    Vicki Dabney

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shaaron

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