About the Book
Book: A Mother for His Twins
Author: Jill Weatherholt
Genre: Inspirational Romance
Release date: Sept, 2019
First-grade teacher Joy Kelliher has two new students—twin boys who belong to her high school sweetheart. If teaching Nick Capello’s sons wasn’t difficult enough, the widower’s also her neighbor…and competing for the principal job she wants. Now with little matchmakers drawing Joy and Nick together, can they overcome a painful past to build the family Joy’s always wanted?
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About the Author
She holds a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and Paralegal Studies Certification from Duke University.
She shares her life with her real-life hero and number one supporter. Their relationship grew on the golf course, and now they have one in their backyard.
Jill believes in enjoying every moment of this journey because God has everything under control.
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Back in 2019, when my editor sent me a cover mock-up for my third Love Inspired book A Mother for His Twins, I was thrilled to see the art department had used a picture of my hero’s twin boys, Jordan and Tyler Capello.
I had so much fun developing the characters of these two little rascals. Although they were twins, I wanted to make sure they each had their own unique personality.
Once I had Tyler’s character sketch completed, I went to work developing Jordan. Unlike his brother who is the outgoing one of the two, I wanted Jordan to be more quiet and shy than his twin. That’s when I decided to draw on my own experience as a child.
Like Jordan, I had a speech impediment when I was a child. I was unable to pronounce the letter R. Because of this, I was teased by my classmates. To make matters worse, once a week, my speech teacher would come and pull me from my classroom for my private session. I can still hear the giggles and murmuring that filled the room. Thankfully, with a lot of instruction and practice, I was able to overcome the impediment.
Life is full of obstacles. Looking back at what we’ve overcome gives us the confidence to keep pressing forward when we know God will never leave us.
The story is a wonderful example of second chances, forgiveness and new beginnings. I loved the setting of a small town where the people are friendly and always ready to help. Joy is a gifted teacher whose heart is to be principal of the school where her father once was. I liked that she wanted to continue the legacy of her father and make a difference in children’s lives. You can sense her compassion for children as she looks forward to being with them each school day.
Nick is easy to like with his big heart and two adorable twin boys. When he comes back to the town he grew up in, Joy is quite surprised. He left unexpectedly as a teenager and broke Joy’s heart. I couldn’t wait to find out why his family vanished one night. The author slowly unravels the past that both Nick and Joy have each hidden from each other.
What I really liked about the story was how faith was used as we relived the nightmare that Joy endured the night Nick left town. She may have felt abandoned, hurt and ashamed but God was right there to comfort her. I don’t think Joy has really processed that night until Nick comes back into the picture. There are some very touching moments when Joy begins to trust Nick. Letting her guard down shows her she can trust others and allow herself to love again.
Nick not only has to deal with explaining to Joy why he left that night but also the guilt he feels about his wife’s death. This part was well written as he breaks down and releases his anguish he has had for so long. He never felt like he did enough to help his wife when she became ill, but God gave him peace as he let go of the past.
The twins in the story steal the show for me. They are precious and full of life. It is obvious they are close to their dad and I think that helps them work through the death of their mother. The author has packed this story with lessons on letting go of the past so it doesn’t hold you from happiness. Learning to forgive allows Nick and Joy to rekindle their relationship which I enjoyed reading. It wasn’t rushed but slowly developed as God worked on their hurt that they have allowed to hinder them from finding love again. It is a great story with an ending that really highlighted blending a family with faith.
I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion
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