Return of the Last McKenna

Author: Shirley Jump

Publisher: Harlequin

Release Date: September 4, 2012

Blue Ribbon Rating: 5.0

Format: PRINT





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Doctor Brody McKenna had his whole life planned out. He went into family practice, was engaged and planning on starting a family. But when his fiancée discovered he was not going into a practice that would make big money, she dumped him. He volunteers some of his time to worthy causes and when he heard that doctors were needed for a stint in Afghanistan, he went. But while there he befriended a local soldier, Andrew, who was assigned to protect him. However, when Andrew ended up tragically wounded, Brody, as his doctor, had been unable to save him. As he lay dying, Andrew asked him to make sure his sister Kate was doing alright and that she was handling his death without going to pieces. Devastated and blaming himself, Brody still has to complete this final request. Since he has returned to the States, Brody no longer finds any joy in being a doctor and he knows his two brothers, Finn and Riley, have noticed the change in him. But he doesn’t know what to do to turn things around.

Growing up, Kate Spencer and her brother, Andrew’s, parents had fought, so they had taken care of each other. When their parents had gone their separate ways, the brother and sister had stayed right where they were with their grandparents and had helped out with their grandmother’s bakery, Nora’s Sweet Shop. Now Kate is running the family business named after her grandmother that has been in operation for three generations. She and her brother, Andrew, grew up in this shop and she loves it. But she misses seeing her brother working alongside of her since he went into the armed forces. Since his death, she has been trying to go on with her life. But when she temporarily loses one of her assistants, she begins to feel overwhelmed. Seeing her stress, Brody offers his help and is soon spending his spare time helping her. Knowing of her and Andrew’s expansion plans for the bakery, he tries to talk to her about going ahead with them. But she is not the risk taker that Andrew was and is afraid of failing those she loves. As Brody works with her and falls deeper in love, it is always on the tip of his tongue to tell her about his connection with her brother, although Andrew had asked him not to. Can he convince her to change her mind about the expansion? Will discovering that Brody not only knew Andrew but was his doctor in Afghanistan destroy any chance of a future for them?

A heartwarming story, RETURN OF THE LAST MCKENNA, the third and final book in award winning author Shirley Jump’s MCKENNA BROTHERS trilogy, is a witty, passionate contemporary romance that will steal your heart. Known for the humor and passion in her stories, Ms. Jump definitely does not disappoint with this one, although it also contains a more poignant, emotional factor. Brody and Kate are two good-hearted, vulnerable people who not only need each other; they are perfect for each other. Beautifully written and filled with well-drawn characters, tragedy, healing, clever repartee, a touching plot and true love, this is a story you will not soon forget. A definite keeper! I absolutely loved this story and the only regret I have is that there are no more McKenna brothers, so this is the last book in this series. Although this story is part of a series, it is not necessary to read the first two books to understand this one. But for additional enjoyment, be sure to check out ONE DAY TO FIND A HUSBAND, Finn’s story, and HOW THE PLAYBOY GOT SERIOUS, Riley’s story. I look forward to reading more of Ms. Jump’s works. In the meantime, do not miss RETURN OF THE LAST MCKENNA!

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Dottie

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