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Single Dad to the Rescue

(City by the Bay Stories #4)

4.49  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  34 reviews
He offered her help

And he found love

Her home destroyed by a wildfire, Brooke Ellis finds temporary shelter at the home of paramedic Dan Sawyer and his young son, Ben. With the addition of Brooke and her lively fur family, Dan finds his carefully planned routine delightfully turned upside down. And his carefully guarded heart daring to trust in love again. When his ex-wife
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Published August 1st 2019 by Harlequin Heartwarming
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Carrie Schmidt (Reading is My SuperPower)
I’ve enjoyed all the books so far in the City by the Bay Stories series but I think Single Dad to the Rescue is my favorite! Adorable little boy + adorable puppies (and yeah, some cats too lol) = my kind of book. Add in good-hearted paramedic Dan & wounded-but-courageous Brooke plus a delightful mix of supporting characters and I’m fully on board!

Brooke’s losses are staggering, and the forest fire that’s wiped out her safe haven is just one more hit. With her ragtag and endearing family of rescu
Aug 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The one thing I can tell you about this book is that it went straight to my heart. Both the main characters (Brooke Ellis and Dan Sawyer) have such tragedy in their pasts that they are broken…broken and just trying to deal with everyday life.

IMHO, this is the best book I have read from this author. It truly speaks to your soul. Brooke is still trying to deal with the death of her husband. No details from me; you will have to read the story. And the book opens with a horrific event in her life. D
Aug 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the sweetest stories of the year! I give this a High 5 Stars! This book will keep you up hours into the night enjoying the banter and blooming love between our H and h. Our h, Brooke is devasted by a wildfire that totally destroys her home, left homeless, she happens to find shelter with a local paramedic, Dan, who has a son. However, it's not just Brooke that needs shelter but her pets as well. Dan's world is literally taken over by Brooke and her brood. But soon Brooke begins to melt hi ...more
Cathy Cermele
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I have read a lot of books in the Harlequin Heartwarming line and while they have all been good, I have to say that this book is one of my favorites. I absolutely adored Brooke Ellis plus anytime an animal is written into a storyline, I'm completely enamored of any and all of the furry little creatures.

My heart just ached for Brooke as she suddenly finds herself homeless due to wildfire but just as quickly my heart soared a tiny bit when the kind and gentle Rick Sawyer offers her (and her fur b
Suzie Waltner
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Cari Lynn Webb returns to San Francisco and her patchwork family of friends in Single Dad to the Rescue. And if that’s not enough, she also throws a sweet boy and his friends and some rescue pups and kitties in there too (the awwww factor in this book is high!)

Brooke has experienced more tragedy in her life than most and shields herself by hiding away. Dan has his own pain, but his son and support system keep him firmly connected. When a fire brings Brooke into Dan’s life, neither expect the mut
Aug 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really liked this book. I didn't realize at first that it was the fourth book in a series, though I felt like a couple of the characters seemed a bit familiar. I then realized that I had read one of the other books in the series. But it completely works as a standalone story, because it is so focused on Dan and Brooke. I do want to go back and read the rest of the series, though, just to learn more about some of the other characters who hang out in the story.

Though it takes place in the city,
Harlie Williams
Yall, I have to admit that this is the best book in the series.  Yes, I've read the others but this one has all the feels.  I really connected with both Brooke and Dan.  And also with Ben.  Poor kid.  I'm a diabetic so can I understand Dan's concerns but at times, his inner dialogue got to me about how "safe" Ben needed to be.  I deal with it on a daily basis and I know children at my school that do too.  But I digress...

Ms. Webb deals with some serious PTSD with Brooke.  I can't even imagine wh
Yvonne Cruz
Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
I discovered this author by chance and decided to give this book a try.
The story centers around Brooke Ellis and single dad, Dan Sawyer.
Brooke has just lost her home in the California fires, and needs a shelter not only for herself, but also for her four legged family. A generous man offers a cottage next to the home he shares with his son and grandson.
A boy that has type 1 diabetes and a mother that has been absent most of his life. A “mother” more interested in a life of travel and adventure
Ruth Hill
Aug 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was sent a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. I was not financially compensated, and all opinions are 100 percent mine.

First of all, this is squeaky clean romance with nothing offensive in it. Morever, this is a book that can be enjoyed in an evening, by the beach, on short, it is a nice, quick read that will provide just the kind of clean romance fans of this genre crave. The end is never in question, and the reader will know exactly what to expect. At least, fo
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Whenever I hear on the news about wildfires and the losses of homes and property of these poor people, I just want to weep. Brooke Ellis is a woman who has suffered much and does not quite know how to deal with it. Before the loss of her home, she lost her loving husband and places and what ifs still haunt her from that tragic circumstance. Her love of pets was admirable and so heartwarming. I really wanted to see this broken shell of a woman get a second chance of love and a life worthy of her ...more
Ibjoy1953 Hannabass
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing

Brooke Ellis has only her 3 furry friends, that’s it. That’s her family, and when a forest fire took her home and most of her belongings. Brooke was blessed that she came in contact with a retired fire fighter, who offered the small apartment at his sons house for Brooke and her animals.

This is a sweet Romance, but the beginning and how Brooke and Dan met was a not so pleasant time. Author Cari Lynn Webb does a really good job of weaving all of the past hurts and heartac
Lynn Brooks
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4 1/2 STARS!

An emotional journey of life, love and growth! Cari Lynn Webb pulls at our heartstrings time and again with the latest in her City by the Bay Stories series. Brooke meets the kindhearted Sawyer family just when she needs them most, and it turns out they need her too. The story is sweet with a punch of sadness and held my attention throughout. Really enjoyed the richness of the characters and the connection they shared. Highly recommend!

Brooke Ellis finds herself homeless and in need
Kathryn Cooper
Aug 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Single Dad to the Rescue is a sweet clean romance read! It’s the 4th in a series, but you don’t have to read the first 3 books. Those book characters do enter this story which makes me want to go back and read their sweet romance.

A wildfire makes Brooke and her animal family leave their home. With her pets she can’t find a place for shelter. Thankfully she’s blessed to find a kind older man named Rick who brings her to his son Dan’s guesthouse. Throughout the story you get
Hallie Szott
After Ava’s Prize, I was excited to revisit Cari Lynn Webb’s City by the Bay Stories. In Single Dad to the Rescue, she brings Brooke Ellis and Dan Sawyer together (along with a little boy and a few furry friends) in the aftermath of a wildfire. Both have pain and hardship in their pasts and keep themselves well-guarded as a result. Yet, as attraction gives way to unexpected feelings, the romance between Brooke and Dan proves to one of growth and healing, courage and taking chances.

Though not wi
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Brooke Ellis has suffered two tragedies in her young life – losing her husband and losing her house in a wildfire. With no place to go, Brooke and her pets are offered a place to stay in an extra rental unit at paramedic Dan Sawyer’s house. Dan is raising his young diabetic son after his wife left the family to travel. Dan’s whole life is devoted to his son’s well-being. Once he meets Brooke, he starts to enjoy her company. When Dan’s ex-wife returns home and sends Dan’s world into chaos, he fin ...more
Char (1RadReader59)
This was such an interesting story. Touching a lot of tender spots close to home. The fear of feeling the unknown of friends being safe in the fire-stricken areas in the California fires. Then, of course of losing people due to those who chose to get behind the wheel of a car.
But this author was able to bring you to a full circle on the positive side. We are following the life of Dan Sawyer and his son Ben. He’s a single dad with a lot on his plate. He is a paramedic, his ten-year-old son has d
Nicole Smith
Aug 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: heartwarming
I can't pass up a single dad romance. Also that cover drew me in because I just love books with animals in them. The beginning of this one just broke my heart and Brooke's back story had me tearing up. The thing that I loved about this book the most is the feeling of hope through out the book. There is a bunch of characters that are dealing with some tough decisions and there is always the sense of hope for all. Those Sawyer boys will win anyone over with their helping genes. Really most everyon ...more
Diane Roberts
Jul 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I REALLY loved this book; it’s more than a romance story. I love the humour between the kids and adults & their friends to the involvement of dogs, a cat & especially the rescue animals. This is a good feel wonderful story.
This fast read starts with Rick driving Brooke & her animals from an area that was her home before a severe forest fire took all she owned. Already having experienced a tragic event with her husband she came to live & recover in the forested mountain area. Brooke comes to ren
Brooke Ellis finds herself homeless after her home is destroyed by a wildfire. She finds temporary shelter at the home of a paramedic, Dan Sawyer and his diabetic son, Ben. With Brooke and her furry companions moving in, Dan finds his already chaotic life to be turned upside down. After dealing with a messy divorce with his ex; Dan is hesitant to open his heart again. Will Brooke and Dan be able to move forward from their past?

The novel was a cozy romantic read with likable characters and not so
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is an unbiased review of an advanced reader copy. I thought this was a sweet romance with likable characters and of course a happy ending. It incorporates the importance of family and friends and throws a little extra in for those of us that are animal lovers as well. Brooke Ellis has had more than her share of tragedy and has decided that she will stick to loving her animal rescued family. Her plans eventually change however when she becomes involved with the Sawyer family and their friend ...more
Janice Sisemore
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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Single dad to the Rescue

This is a wonderful story. I especially loved all the dogs and cats in the book. Also the little boy. Ben has diabetes. His mother left when he was young but now is back.

Brooke loses her home because of fires. She ends up staying by Dan’s house. She has pets but he doesn’t want his son to know. That will be a impossible task.

This is my first book by the author. I enjoyed her writing very much. I definitely will read more of her books. I loved all the characters in the
Margaret Yelton
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed my first book by Cari Lynn Webb, the 4th book in City by the Bay Stories never having read any other books in the series, there was no problem with this as a stand alone. I found the book very well written, with plenty of heartache and angst along with love and happiness tossed into the mix. I really enjoyed Brooke and Dan's budding relationship, both hurt and determined to spend their lives alone will love be able to take a foothold in their relationship. I would definitely rec ...more
Toth Jo-Ann
Aug 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2019
This is a book well done by Cari. Its a second chance romance and its about coming to terms with a loss. In this story we meet Brooke Ellis and Dan Sawyer. Plus old friends Ava, Kyle Sophia to just name a few. Its a story of coming to terms with loss and acceptance. About 2 brothers reconnecting. The story draws you in from beginning to in. You will be quietly cheering for Brooke and Dan as you read more of the story. You will love how the friends interfere like friends who care. Its a great sto ...more
Cay Scheumack
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brooke lost her home to the wildfires. She managed to save her rescue pets, two cats and a dog, plus 1 trashbag of personal items. Rick, a retired firefighter, takes her home to the apartment at his son, Dan's place in San Fransisco. Brooke left the city 5 yrs ago after her husband died in an accident. Dan is a single dad of Ben who has type 1 diabetes. This is a heartwarming story of how they both find life and love again. It's quite a ride. I highly recommend this book.
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an ARC for an honest review. I had never read any of Cari's books previously. I found out what I had been missing when I read this book. The story was gripping and the characters were compelling. When I had to put it down, I couldn't wait to pick it back up. I loved this book so much I am already looking for the other books in this series. Wonderful, wonderful story!
Pam Jackson-gorsline
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Brooke has lost her husband, then her home and all her possessions. Dan’s wife abandoned him and their son Ben. So he has no room in his life for anything but work and keeping Ben safe. But very slowly, they become friends. I loved the changes they each made, until they realize that they can let go of the past and move on.
Jun 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love this book. Dan and Brooke are such great characters. It felt like I was right there in this town. I received this as an ARC and I am so lucky that I did. It put me in touch with a fantastic author. I will positively be reading more of Cari Lynn Webb's books.
Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Devastation caused by a wildfire, brings Brooke and Dan together through kindness. Neither were looking for love, but it found them. Learning to trust your heart and living life to the fullest and without fear is the only way they will come together.
Stormy Feibel
Jul 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Brooke is damaged but so is Dan. Each have their past that prevents them from moving forward, but love can and will conquer all. Ben and the pets bring their love full circle.
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