This book is from the Ever After collection, I have the first 4 in the series listed also....
The pint sized orphan had big plans....
She longed for Graydon Payne to be her daddy, and Stacy Lucas to be her mommy. There was only one way to bring them together.. by running away..
When Stacy and her rescue dogs were called to locate a missing child, she was surprised to see the little girl's uncle was none other than Graydon, the man who had years ago, made certain that Stacy sis not marry his brother, because she was not up to their standards. Now the little girl, that Gray's brother is supposed to adopt, wants Graydon to be her daddy instead! And she sure does like those dogs of Stacy's. Just maybe..........
Nice wholesome love story.
One of my favorites! Set in the Arkansas Ozarks, a foster child brings together old friends and creates a family for herself.
Stacy Lucas is a rescuer. She has two dogs, Lewis and Clark, who help track down missing children. She gets a call that a 6 year old child is missing and, while searching for the child, runs into her ex-boyfriends older brother, Graydon Payne. The same Graydon Payne whod told her at 18 that she wasnt good enough for his wealthy family.
The 6 year old child is Melissa (Missy), who is being fostered by Mark and Candace Payne, Graydons brother and sister-in-law. Shes not much of an angel; she runs away repeatedly and puts other people (notably Stacy and Graydon) in mortal danger while they look for her. This isnt angelic behavior; this is a child who needs a psychiatrist. Melissa is apparently acting out, as her biological father died a couple of years ago and her mother died in childbirth. Yet, at no time does anyone suggest that the child needs therapy. Why not?
These books are clearly written by people who dont know anyone who is wealthy. Graydons parents are snobs who believe that they are better than anyone else. Oddly enough, Ive seen middle class people act that way, too. And Graydon astutely takes Stacy down a notch or two when he calls her on her behavior: she is a snob as well, thinking and acting as though the Paynes are beneath her. This isnt Christian behavior and, to her credit, Stacy does try to change her attitude.
The banter between Graydon and Stacy is light and warm, and we feel for Missy at times; shes young and very scared, and nobody seems to know what to do with her. Stacy at least reaches out to her, which is more than Mark or Candace or Graydons parents ever did. Its a nice romance, if a bit unrealistic. Worth it for the dialogue and the descriptions of rescue work and the beloved dogs who do it.