Four Little Blessings
by Merrillee Whren
Publication Date January 1, 2008
Genres: Christian Fiction, Clean Romance
Setting: Florida Contermporary
Main Character Ages: 18-24, 25-34
Written for: Adults
This contemporary Christian romance novel is the first book in the Dalton Brothers series.
When Wade Dalton moves to a small Florida beach community for peace and quiet and a new job, he encounters the four little kids next door who are anything but quiet. Because of difficult circumstances, the little noisemakers live with their young aunt, Cassie Rankin, who is their guardian. Wade is drawn to her determination, giving nature, and beauty, but she’s at least a dozen years younger than he is—way too young for him. At least that’s what he keeps telling himself. Besides, he has issues that would only make life more challenging for Cassie and her charges. So he plans to stay out of their lives, but four little blessings refuse to let that happen.
I would like to thank Merrillee Whren for giving me this copy of the book. This gift did not influence my opinion or review.
At twenty-one, many women are focused on figuring out what they want from life. Cassie has found her calling in caring for her sister’s young children, selflessly setting aside any hopes or dreams she might have had. Coming out of a less-than-ideal childhood, her life changed when she was introduced to Jesus Christ through her mentor.
I really liked how genuine Cassie was. She still had fears and had trouble with her language when she was upset (though no inappropriate words were shared with me as a reader.) She struggled with her Christian walk like the rest of us. Yet her love for her nieces and nephews was amazing. I was a little jealous of the great control she was able to exert over them most of the time!
Though Wade was more than a decade older, and was, for the most part, poised and secure, he was apprehensive at the thought of a relationship with Cassie. Painful experience had him not only fearful of being hurt again; he also felt the twelve-year difference between them might have Cassie viewing him as an old man.
The children an adorable handful. While their hurtful past came out in sad little ways, the story was filled with hope.
Most of the conflict in the story was due to Cassie and Wade’s reticence to open their thoughts to on another. I should have expected this from the synopsis though I didn’t. I did feel that this made Wade seem a little immature.
Four Little Blessings is a fun story to while away an afternoon.