"We've all made mistakes, but have you ever been accused of something you didn't do? Ever had to piece together the remaining shreds of dignity while trying to go about your business and live your life when you're surrounded by people you'd thought of as friends when the reality is they never believed in you?
"Man with a Past" is about family and community, but more important, it's about relationships and all the little idiosynchrasies that come with living in a small town where everybody supposedly knows your business better than you. It's also about hope, faith and all the emotions that surround the loss of a child.
Joe's story is one I found intriguing, one that had to be told. When I researched Shaken Baby Syndrome, I found it nearly impossible to fathom why, better yet how, someone would shake a baby to death. But even more unfathomable to me were the lesser-known, and admittedly rare, stories of men convicted of murdering their children by SBS, men who'd served time, who were then released many years later when new evidence was brought to light that proved their innocence. By that time many had lost the support of marriages, family and friends on top of the loss of their child."
Sarah L. (Dawa) reviewed Man With a Past (Going Back) (Harlequin Superromance, No 1347) on
This is a great second-chances story.
Joe Brody: Out of prison but still serving time - all because no one in his hometown believes he's innocent.
Ashley Cade: Widowed with a toddler to take care of. She's moved here to make a fresh start - but being accepted into the inner circles of a close-knit town isn't easy. Especially after she hires the town pariah as a handyman.
Joe and Ashley: The attraction between them is powerful. But is it enough to overcome the whispers that Ashley has begun to hear?