Twins on the Doorstep
By Marie Ferrarella
Publisher: Harlequin / Western Romance
Release Date: October 3, 2017
Reviewed by Janga
Reviewed by Janga
Cole McCullough is working part time at The Healing Ranch, the horse ranch run by his friends Jackson and Garrett White Eagle as a last chance before incarceration for troubled boys, and part time with his brother Connor on the family ranch. But neither of these jobs is Cole’s calling. With his three siblings having found their purpose, Cole is wondering what he wants to do with his life. His focus shifts abruptly one morning when twins, about three or four weeks old, are left on his doorstep. The White Eagles question if Cole is the father, a possibility he denies. Another possibility is that since brother Cody delivered the baby of Devon Bennett, now his wife (The Cowboy and the Baby) and sister Cassidy rescued a baby from the river (The Rancher and the Baby), the McCulloughs have just gained the reputation of being good with babies. But with Stacy Rowe, who left town without saying goodbye eight months ago, back in Forever, Cole begins to wonder if he might be the father after all.
Stacy left town when she became convinced that Cole did not return her feelings. Her Aunt Kate, convinced that a change of scenery was the best cure for Stacy’s broken heart, took her niece on an extended European vacation. But Aunt Kate died on the trip, and Stacy had to return to settle her affairs. Finding that her house had been destroyed by fire during her absence, she takes a room at the hotel. She is volunteered to help care for the twins from their first visit to the medical clinic, and when Connor McCullough offers her a room in exchange for caring for them in the McCullough home, she agrees. Soon she and Cole are caring for the babies together and falling in love again. Can they move past the misunderstandings of the past to become a family of four? And who is the twins’ mother?
Twins on the Doorstep is the seventeenth book in Marie Ferrarella’s Forever, Texas series. Typical of this popular and prolific author’s short category romances, it is a slight story with a sweet romance and an emphasis on family dynamics. The McCulloughs are an appealing family. Stacy may be less sympathetic initially, but her sad history and her devotion to the twins should win readers over quickly. Forever is filled with stout hearts and amiable eccentrics who will please those who have an affection for the small-town subgenre.
If you have enjoyed Ferrarella’s books in the past or if you like shorter stories, Western settings, and simple conflict in your romance, you should find this one an enjoyable read. Although it is connected to the other books in the McCullough subset, it can be read easily as a standalone. For those hooked on the larger series or on the McCullough family, Connor McCullough’s story will be released December 1. The title? A Baby for Christmas.