Hannah and her daughter Faith live with Hannah's mother, Margaret. They are very close, years before when Hannah's marriage was crumbling Margaret made sure it was over by telling Hannah's husband Liam that Hannah aborted their baby. In truth Hannah never ever wanted to end her pregnancy. Six years later when Hannah and Liam meet again she tells him "by the way your daughter is doing fine and thanks for asking about her."
Liam is blown away he is a father. But he wasn't good as a husband and he is sure being a father would be even worst so he tells Hannah he has no interest in meeting his daughter. Hannah is hurt, she blames her mother for Liam not being there for them all those year.
Hannah, Liam and Margaret have problems that need to be worked out before they can be any kind of family that Faith needs. This book is very emotion as a mother has to let go of her daughter and granddaughter and a man has to realize he can have the family he never thought he could.
Hannah Riley's life revolves around her daughter, Faith. They live with Hannah's mother, who refers to the family home as the HENHOUSE. "We're like a bunch of hens clucking around our chick," she explains. Especially true when Hannah's sister and two aunts come to stay. Little Faith is the center of everyone's attention.
But now Liam Tully, the man Hannah never stopped loving, is back in town. And he's demanding answers about Faith -- the daughter nobody told him about.
In this Harlequin Superromance, a thirty-one-year old single mother finds herself confronting her ex-husband and her mother about some decisions that were made for her when her daughter was born six years ago. KEEPING FAITH's protagonist Hannah Riley finds out by accident that her mother lied to her then-husband Liam Tully, a full-time musician, telling him that Hannah had an abortion. This started off a string of events that led to their eventual divorce.
When Hannah first meets Liam, it is in Ireland while on vacation, and he is singing with his Celtic folk band The Wild Rovers. They fall in love and end up marrying on a whim. Hannah's parents never approved of Liam, and her mother Margaret blames Liam for Hannah's father's death, as well as Hannah's nervous breakdown after their breakup.
It is now six years later and Liam finally knows he has a daughter. Hannah had assumed all these years that he wanted nothing to do with them, but now she knows the truth. Liam's dilemma is whether he really wants to get involved with Faith. He's not father material, and he loves his life as a musician, in the recording studio as well as touring on the road. Faith, their daughter, has no idea she has a father. She was told her father was in heaven.
Hannah is angry with her mother for manipulating her life by lying to Liam about the baby. She now feels it's Liam's right to see his daughter and to get to know her. Margaret, however, has other plans for them, and does her best to discourage Liam from getting close to Hannah and Faith.
As the story progresses, Hannah battles with her mother and questions whether her mother has as much right to Faith as Liam does. It doesn't help that Hannah and Faith live with Margaret, where their every move is monitored and watched by the entire family. Hannah finds she does not have any privacy, and cannot do a thing without the scrutiny of everyone. At the same time, she isn't sure if she wants to start up a relationship with Liam again. She never really stopped loving him, and neither did he. But is she making the same mistake twice?
This is one Harlequin Superromance I have to say was so good I am rating it 5 stars. MacDonald is a superb writer, and her skills as a novelist are almost too good to be relegated to just plain old romances. Lots of interesting characters; she does an excellent job with creating these characters and making them feel real. Great dialogue, and excellent plot, too. I am definitely reading more by her, as I am sure each novel will be a page-turner as this one was. Highly recommended.
Emotionally charged issues that define the relationship between mother, daughter and granddaughter are explored. what rights does a grandparent have when the child's father returns to claim the daughter he never knew he had? Especially when the grandmother told him his wife had an abortion way back when?
"They live with Hannah's mother, who refers to the family home as the henhouse...Especially true when Hannah's sister and two aunts come to stay. Little faith is the center of everyone's attention.
But now Liam Tully, the man Hannah never stopped loving, is back in town. And he's demanding answers about Faith--the daughter nobody told him about.
Life in the henhouse is about to change forever..."
This is a really good book that deals with more than just romance. It also explores the relationship between mother, daughter, and granddaughter, as well as grandparents' rights. This is a GOOD book.
An interesting plot and some unusually well-developed characters!
awesome read and brand new condition.