Paul Rhoads, a successful horror novelist, has moved back to his hometown in Pennsylvania. Moving back home turns out to be more than just returning to his roots but starting up a relationship with his high school sweetheart, Annie. Annie, recently divorced, is the mother of a precious eight month old, Max. However, when Annie dies in a freak car accident, Paul finds himself catapulted into the role of father and decides to do something he would never have imagined himself doing: raise Max as his own.My Thoughts: This book is pretty far outside my usual type of book. Yet... I liked it. While there is romance, the focus is more of Paul coping with suddenly being a single dad and all the triumph and heartache that goes along with that. Which isn't to say that there isn't any romance, because there is, it just isn't the main focus.
Paul's fumbling with his new role as a parent feels very real. He second-guesses himself. He worries. His worries are more than just the usual woes of a new parent, though. He worries that Max's father will suddenly demand his fatherly rights. He worries that the little boy who he sees as his own will be taken away from him.
A slice of life that deals with the very real fears of a new parent, it as enjoyable but not necessarily what I'd consider light reading. Coming from a parent, what Paul has to deal with in terms of potentially losing the boy he has raised gives me the chills.
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Better Together was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.