Anna Lee – Family is Forever

Author: Anna Lee
Reviewed by: Lucy
Publisher: MLR Press
Genre: M/M Contemporary
ISBN 13:   NA

Rating: ★★★★☆ 



Summary: While making a gift Charlotte asks her Daddy why he and Papa aren’t married, leading Landon with the help of his daughters to make Father’s Day one that they and Devin will never forget.

Landon and Devin have been together since Landon a children’s writer read to Devin’s second grade class. Now eight years later they have two beautiful daughters, Charlotte and Gracie. While making a gift for Devin for Father’s Day, a happily ever after story of her Daddy and Papa, Charlotte asks Landon why her parents aren’t married leading Landon and the girls to put together a special proposal in Devin’s classroom on Father’s Day.

Review:  If you don’t like kids in your stories, this is not the one for you.  Luckily, I  love family stories and this one is cute and adorable.  Dev and Landon,  Papa and Daddy to two sweet girls, have been together eight years and now their older daughter wants to know why they aren’t married.  I liked that they have always been honest with the girls (well, with Charlotte, Grace is very little!) about how some people just don’t accept everyone.   It’s a tough question for a little girl, and a tough answer.  Now that laws have changed (for some states, anyway),  Landon can ask Dev to marry him, with the help of Charlotte.  I loved that Charlotte got to be such a big part of it.  All too often children in the story make an appearance and then disappear.  Those of us with kids know – that doesn’t happen!

My disappointment was that all the lead up to this amazing proposal is stolen from us when Dev finds the receipts for the rings in Landon’s pocket.  That was such a letdown, as I was nearly as excited as Charlotte to see the surprise.  No matter that Dev is going to pretend to be surprised, that perfect moment is lost to us.  The story carries a balance of idealistic (proposing in front of Dev’s class, perfection in proposals) and realistic (no, some parents wouldn’t allow their children this, so they do it early with children with supportive, well-adjusted parents; Dev finding the receipt and ruining the whole thing).   It’s very sweet and it’s done well.  Recommended for fluffy fans, and definitely for those who like children in the story.

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