Deserted by her husband because she couldn’t have children, Catherine Holben has thrown herself into her job counseling pregnant teens. Catherine is still recovering from the pain of her divorce, but her life is changed forever when she makes a purchase in a quaint curio shop. She meets handsome, hardworking Joe D’Amaro, a widower and father of three, and his daughter, Fritz. But Joe needs help with Fritz, a seven-year-old dynamo. She’s a precocious but headstrong little girl who’s impossible to resist., and he is too proud to admit it.
Joe and Catherine are cautious about making a commitment to each other. They both know the joy and heartache of falling in love, but are they willing to risk being together despite their misgivings? Neither can ignore the love that quickly blossoms between them. Maybe they can have a wonderful life together . . . if only Joe’s still-grieving older daughter, Della, will accept a new woman in her father’s life.
True love versus reality. Can Catherine handle his ready-made family? Or is there more in store for her than she thinks?
When I first saw Promise Me a Rainbow on NetGalley, I was a little hesitant to request it. I haven’t been reading much adult contemporary lately, but this sounded like something I would enjoy, and I did!
Catherine Holben is awesome. Her ex husband Jonathan is a complete douche bag though. You see, he leaves because she can’t have children. Let me tell you from experience, when I was at a point in my life where I thought I might not be able to have a healthy child, it nearly destroyed me. Had my husband not been there supporting me, and pulling me back from the dark hole I was in, I don’t know where I would be today. So this pompous fool pissed me off to no end. Catherine was strong though. Still dealing with the hurt, naturally, but with her head held high. I admired her character very much.
Enter Joseph D’Amaro… through the purchase of a silly gnome, Catherine and Joseph’s world collides, and what a ride it is. Joseph, I like his character. I sympathized with the poor guy. Being a single dad to three can’t be easy. The story is told from his point of view at times, and his youngest daughters. They both have hella baggage, it was fun watching them sort through it all.
This is a pretty great story. I blew through it. Will Catherine and Joseph find happiness someday, well duh, but it won’t be a piece of cake. There is a lot in the way. I adored watching Catherine interact with Joseph’s children. Boy does that women know how to put a teen in her place! I have to say… I hated Margaret with a passion like no other. That woman boils my blood. I won’t tell you who she is… you just wait. Good thing she’s not real or I’d rip her hair out.
Over all, if you’re looking for a cute semi deep adult contemp, I recommend this one. I really liked it. So glad I decided to give it a try.