Leaving Enchantment: The Birth Place

Author: CJ Carmichael

Publisher: Harlequin Superromance

Release Date: December 2003

Blue Ribbon Rating: 4.5

Format: Print

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Nolan McKinnon is stunned when a family tragedy leaves him as the guardian for his 6-year-old niece, Sammy.  He hadn’t spoken to his sister in years and now she’s gone, along with her husband and their new baby.  Nolan realizes that although he'll never have a chance to reconcile with his sister, he’s all Sammy has left.  Unfortunately he doesn’t have a clue how to take care of a young child.  Nolan is at a loss until Sammy unexpectedly befriends Kim Sherman, a prickly accountant at The Birth Place.  Kim hasn’t lived in Enchantment, New Mexico for very long and she hasn’t made any friends.  Her co-workers have tried to include her in their lives, but Kim rebuffs every welcoming overture.  It comes as a complete surprise to everyone when Sammy asks Kim to be her baby-sitter and Kim agrees!  Nolan gets an even bigger surprise when he catches a few glimpses of the soft heart Kim has been hiding.  He suspects there’s a lot more hidden behind the tough exterior she uses as a shield.  How can he break through and get to know the real woman inside?

Kim Sherman doesn’t plan to stay in Enchantment for very long.  The last thing she wants to do is form any attachments.  So what in the world possessed her to agree to help Nolan out with Sammy?  Kim didn't really have a choice.  She understands how lonely and confusing life can be for a child who has just lost her parents.  Besides, it’s obvious Nolan has no idea how to care for a young child.  Kim just needs to make sure Nolan understands that she’s there to help with Sammy, nothing more.  At first, Nolan can't seem to do anything right where his niece is concerned.  But he never stops trying, always paying close attention to Kim's suggestions and taking her advice.  Kim not only changes her opinion of the man as she sees his willingness to learn to be a parent to Sammy, she also begins to fall for the handsome newspaper editor.  Kim can barely admit her feelings to herself and there's no way she's going to let Nolan find out!  She’s already broken her own rules by letting Sammy into her heart, but Kim won’t turn away from a child in such obvious need.  She’ll even help Nolan figure out why someone is sending letters denouncing The Birth Place to his newspaper.  But no matter how hard Nolan tries, Kim absolutely refuses to get involved in a relationship with him.

LEAVING ENCHANTMENT, the fourth installment in THE BIRTH PLACE series, takes the reader on an emotional rollercoaster.  The story is also filled with mysteries to solve and questions to answer.  Why did Nolan’s estranged sister choose him to be her daughter’s guardian instead of choosing Sammy’s grandmother?  Can Nolan and Sammy learn to be a family?  Why did Kim Sherman move to Enchantment and why is she planning to leave?  Why does Kim hide behind a thorny exterior, never allowing anyone to touch her heart?  Why is someone trying to discredit The Birth Place?  And the biggest question of all: Will Nolan and Kim discover that love might just be more important than anything else in life?  LEAVING ENCHANTMENT is a wonderful story filled with characters that immediately drew me into their story and never let go.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Alane

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