Sometimes a family resemblance is hard to see...especially if you're not looking for one. And Sabine Knoll isn't.
She's the widow of Victor Knoll and the mother of his three children. She loved him -- deeply -- and even though he's been gone four years, she can't imagine loving anyone else.
Then a man named Joe appears in her small town of Oro, Colorado. Joe Knoll. Victor's brother. Except that Victor never told her he had a brother. And if he'd lied about that, had he lied about other things, too?
Sabine isn't sure she wants to know. She is sure she doesn't want to fall in love with this man who resembles her husband in some ways, yet not in others. The man who's becoming a part of her children's lives -- and of hers.
More than four years after the death of her husband in an avalanche, widow Sabine Knoll gets a second chance at love with Joe, the brother she never knew he had. But when she can't get over her fears -- and he's unwilling to give up climbing -- their relationship becomes just complicated. A Family Resemblance (3), by Margot Early, has good details and description. The story gives a clear peek into what it's like to climb one of the world's largest mountains, which is something most of us will never experience.
Alexandra Kay (romantictimes.com)
This book was boring and forgettable. I have read several earlier novels by this author. Even though romance novels, the writing was rich and well done. That was not the case here.
Four years ago Sabine Knoll's husband Victor died in an avalanche. Though she mourned her loss as she loved Victor deeply, she has moved on for the sake of their three preadolescent children. However, she is shocked when Victor's much younger brother Joe arrives at her Oro, Colorado home. She never knew he existed until now as Victor never mentioned him.
Joe introduces himself to Sabine, but she assumes he was Victor's former partner; he explains he was his partner and his sibling. As they become acquainted, they fall in love, but one barrier remains between them as Joe reciprocates her feelings. She fears for his life whenever he climbs mountain, which is a passion for him. Joe feels trapped because he does not want to give up the woman he loves nor the pastime he cherishes, but Sabine gives him little choice as she still remembers how her late spouse, his brother, died.
A FAMILY RESEMBLANCE is a complex contemporary drama starring two likable individuals with a major difference on the safety of mountain climbing that threatens to end their relationship. The three young children (oldest is nine) add matchmaking and "un-matchmaking" depth though they seem a bit too precocious. The mountain climbing scenes are breathless and vividly brisk, but this fine story line belongs to the dilemma that seems inevitable leading to a split between Sabine and Joe.