Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Heart of the Family (Fostered by Love, #2)” as Want to Read:
Heart of the Family (Fostered by Love, #2)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

Heart of the Family (Fostered by Love #2)

4.0 of 5 stars 4.00  ·  rating details  ·  84 ratings  ·  9 reviews
A Christmas Conundrum
Women, 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
ebook, Love Inspired #425, 256 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Harlequin Enterprises (first published November 1st 2007)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Heart of the Family, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Heart of the Family

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 211)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
joyce lynn
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
Nike Chillemi
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.

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....
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
Ms. Daley touches the heart in this book. I loved the characters and the story. It's a keeper.
Catherine Anne
Jan 14, 2008 Catherine Anne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ages 14+
This book definatly teaches about forgivness.
Leslie marked it as to-read
May 19, 2015
Nancy Klinger
Nancy Klinger marked it as to-read
May 13, 2015
Melissa marked it as to-read
Apr 25, 2015
S marked it as to-read
Apr 24, 2015
Kathy Smith
Kathy Smith marked it as to-read
Apr 12, 2015
Francis Daniels
Francis Daniels marked it as to-read
Apr 06, 2015
Kay Card
Kay Card marked it as to-read
Mar 31, 2015
linda Morrison
linda Morrison marked it as to-read
Mar 24, 2015
Gail marked it as to-read
Mar 16, 2015
Rita marked it as to-read
Apr 26, 2015
Marcy Blanton
Marcy Blanton marked it as to-read
Jan 15, 2015
Laura Potter
Laura Potter marked it as to-read
Jan 02, 2015
Cindy Coleman
Cindy Coleman marked it as to-read
Dec 27, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Heart and Soul (The McKaslin Clan, Series 1, #3)
  • No Place Like Home (Love Inspired) (Mule Hollow, #3)
  • Sleeping Beauty (Fairy-Tale Series #2) (Larger Print Love Inspired #415)
  • The Best Gift (Sisters & Brides, #1) (Love Inspired #292)
  • A Hero for Dry Creek (Dry Creek Series #5) (Love Inspired #228)
  • Hero in Her Heart (The Flanagans, #1)
  • The Perfect Blend
  • A Cowboy's Heart (The Cowboy Series #2)
  • The Christmas Child
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
More about Margaret Daley...

Other Books in the Series

Fostered by Love (5 books)
  • Once Upon a Family (Fostered by Love, #1)
  • Family Ever After (Fostered by Love, #3)
  • Second Chance Family (Fostered by Love, #4)
  • Together for the Holidays (Fostered by Love, #5)
Saving Hope (Men of the Texas Rangers #1) When Night Falls Love Gone to the Dogs Shattered Silence (Men of the Texas Rangers, #2) Detection Mission (Texas K-9 Unit, #2)

Share This Book