Review: The Switched Baby Scandal by Theresa Meyers

 

Title:  The Switched Baby Scandal

Author:  Theresa Meyers

 

May Contain Spoilers

From Amazon:

 

His child. Her daughter. One monumental mix-up.

Single mom Taylor Lawrence just discovered that the hospital sent her home with the wrong infant five years ago. Now the headstrong and handsome biological father wants his child back. But Emily has always been her daughter, and Taylor wont give her up without a fight.

Widower Reece Wallace believed his life was over when a drunk driver killed his wife and daughter. So when he learns of the baby switch, he sees this child as his ultimate salvation. But he never anticipated the fiery woman on the other side of this custody battle or how shed stir feelings in him long dormant.

As the media storm surrounding the hospitals mistake intensifies, Taylor and Reece find there’s more to sort out than custody of Emily they must work together to protect her while grappling with their growing attraction. Can they pick up the pieces of two broken families and meld them into something new?


Review:

I enjoy Theresa Meyers’ writing, so I had to read this book.  The premise intrigued me as well.  What would happen if someone discovered that the child they had been raising since birth wasn’t theirs?  What if the hospital messed up, or worse, someone intentionally switched their baby with someone else’s?  How would you feel when you found out, years later? How would you feel when you discovered that your natural child perished in a terrible accident?  There are lots of loaded questions here, and I was curious to see how they were answered.

When Taylor discovers that her daughter, Emily, isn’t her biological daughter, she is both devastated and confused.  How could this be?  Wouldn’t she know that the child she has been raising isn’t hers?  I can’t imagine being told that!  Taylor has been a single mother for four years, struggling to give her daughter every advantage possible.  Her ex dumped her like a hot potato after she got pregnant, and she’s been trying to get him to pony up for the child he helped create.  With a court case pending, and now with a report proving that Michael isn’t the father, she’s at her wit’s end.  The paternity test isn’t the only question mark in her life now; Taylor wants to know what happened in the hospital, and how she came home with the wrong infant.

Reece is struggling with survivor’s guilt.  He lost his wife Becca, and their young daughter in an accident, and he’s having a hard time moving on.  Who could blame the guy?  He lost his whole life in one awful moment, and he still can’t believe that he’s alone.  His contentment is shattered, and he doesn’t think he will ever get it back, or worse, that he deserves to have it back.  When the hospital lets him know about the mix up, he instantly has a new reason to live.  He has a child out there, and he wants to get to know her and provide for her.  He feels guilty again because Taylor’s daughter died, but he is jubilant that he has a child.  I really liked Reece.  He’s dealing with a lot of issues, but he immediately wants to accept responsibility for Emily.  He immediately wants to take care of both Taylor and Emily, even though Taylor is so resistant at first.  And again. who can blame her? Everything that she thought was true turns out to be anything but the truth.

This is essentially a story about healing and learning to trust in love again.  Reece isn’t ready for a commitment, and he wants his next marriage, should there be one, to be built on love, not friendship.  He and Becca married because she was pregnant, and while they were happy together, Reece wasn’t madly, deeply in love with her.  Next time, though, that’s what he’s going to have. If only he could get beyond the guilt thing.  He is so eaten up with guilt that he resists Taylor tooth and nail.  He is so fearful of being disloyal to Becca’s memory that he just can’t get involved with anyone, and I think that is where I had problems engaging with the story.  The pacing is slower that I liked, and while Reece and Taylor are attracted to each other, they constantly deny, deny, deny their feelings.    While they are together most of the book, their relationship progressed at a snail’s pace. 

Ultimately, this is a feel good romance that is a long time in developing.  While I liked Reece quite a bit, Taylor took a while for me to like.  I loved her mom, though!  Emily was also a little too cutesy at times. 

Grade:  B-/C+

Review copy provided by publisher

Waiting on Wednesday–All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill

 

Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

I love time travel books, and All Our Yesterdays by Cristing Terrill looks fantastic.  I love the cover, too!

 

"You have to kill him." Imprisoned in the heart of a secret military base, Em has nothing except the voice of the boy in the cell next door and the list of instructions she finds taped inside the drain.

Only Em can complete the final instruction. She’s tried everything to prevent the creation of a time machine that will tear the world apart. She holds the proof: a list she has never seen before, written in her own hand. Each failed attempt in the past has led her to the same terrible present—imprisoned and tortured by a sadistic man called the doctor while war rages outside.

Marina has loved her best friend James since the day he moved next door when they were children. A gorgeous, introverted science prodigy from one of America’s most famous families, James finally seems to be seeing Marina in a new way, too. But on one disastrous night, James’s life crumbles apart, and with it, Marina’s hopes for their future. Now someone is trying to kill him. Marina will protect James, no matter what. Even if it means opening her eyes to a truth so terrible that she may not survive it. At least not as the girl she once was.

All Our Yesterdays is a wrenching, brilliantly plotted story of fierce love, unthinkable sacrifice, and the infinite implications of our every choice.

 

What are you waiting on?