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Heart of the Family (Fostered by Love #2)

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A Christmas ConundrumWomen, Dr. Jacob Hartman knew, were a mystery. Take the first time he met social worker Hannah Smith at the Stone Refuge home for foster children. The woman stared him down as if he'd come at her with castor oil. Why? His past was full of heavy-duty heartache, but he was positive they'd never met. And as a former foster child himself, Jacob was deeply ...more
Paperback, Love Inspired #425, 250 pages
Published December 1st 2007 by Steeple Hill (first published November 1st 2007)
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joyce lynn
Jun 02, 2008 joyce lynn rated it liked it
light easy read after a heavy murder mystery.

only "complaint" i have is that it seems a bit unrealistic that every foster child that came thru one particular household, went from a very poor background, to being VERY wealthy. would be nice, in some ways, if it was true, BUT ... just doesn't seem very realistic.

i like this author, tho, i just wish she was a little less "fairy-tale-ish", and was more down to earth. i'm NOT saying that "happily ever afters" don't, and shouldn't, exist, but ... be a
This was, in my opinion, an even better book than the first novel in the Fostered By Love series, and the first one was extremely good. The main characters, Hannah and Jacob, have horrible things in their past to work through, and a connection that, at first, only Hannah is aware of. The theme of forgiveness is very strong in this book, and realistically done. Both sides of the "working on reuniting the child with their biological family is always the option to work toward/ the biological parent ...more
While Dr. Jacob Hartman is capable of understanding the inner workings of the human body, he finds women inscrutable and mysterious. He is a former foster child who has made something of himself, and he now volunteers at the Stone Refuge for children. The new manager, idealistic and naive Hannah Smith, soon gets on his nerves; they disagree about whether new resident Andy will be reunited with his mother or not.

The book glosses over some of the very real problems in the foster care system, but a
Nov 30, 2015 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jacob Hartman is the Stone's refuge pediatrician. Hannah Collins Smith is the new manager for all the kids. Can they get past their past hurts to help the children?
Nike Chillemi
May 13, 2010 Nike Chillemi rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance
A heart warming Christian romance.

When Hannah Smith takes a job as a social worker at the Stone Refuge home for foster children, she is surprised to discover Dr, Jacob Hartman, a man she hates, is not only the children's pediatrician, but also a benefactor of the home.

Dec 28, 2009 Heather rated it liked it
Another book passed down to me from my Mom. I never knew she enjoyed Christian romance this much! Anyway, about the book, it was another quick one to read. This one had a bittersweet feel to it until the very end. It was short and easy to read. Not bad....
Dec 11, 2012 Dee rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, christian
Two-haiku review:

She's social worker
Doctor caused her brother's death
Many years ago

About forgiveness
And second chances in life
Nice Christian story
Rhonda Gibson
May 31, 2010 Rhonda Gibson rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Ms. Daley touches the heart in this book. I loved the characters and the story. It's a keeper.
Apr 22, 2016 Tiff rated it really liked it
Shelves: love-inspired
Awesome book about foster kids and real situations :-)
Catherine Anne
Jan 14, 2008 Catherine Anne rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: ages 14+
This book definatly teaches about forgivness.
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Margaret Daley, an award-winning author of seventy-six books, has been married for over forty years and is a firm believer in romance and love. When she isn’t traveling, she’s writing love stories, often with a suspense thread and corralling her three cats that think they rule her household. To find out more about Margaret visit her website at
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