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For her 101st novel, USA Today bestselling author Jacqueline Diamond launched the Safe Harbor Medical® mystery series with The Case of the Questionable Quadruplet, followed in 2017 by The Case of the Surly Surrogate. A former Associated Press reporter and TV columnist, Jackie has sold mysteries, medical romances, Regency romances and romantic comedies to a range of publishers, including St. Martin's Press, William Morrow and Harlequin. The mother of two grown sons, Jackie lives in Southern California with her husband of 38 years. She networks with other authors and belongs to writers' organizations including The Author's Guild, Romance Writers of America, Sisters in Crime and Novelists Inc. Jackie has twice been a finalist for the Rita Award and received a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award.
on Dec. 31, 2017 :
A few months after giving birth to Allie, Buffy's husband wants a divorce and asks for a paternity test to prove Allie is his. That's how they found out the clinic mistakenly switched sperm donations and her husband is not actually Allie's father. After the divorce, Buffy thinks Carter (Allie's biological father) should know he has a daughter, so she leaves LA for Texas to tell him.
Buffy was used to her husband paying for the best of everything for her. Living in Los Angeles was a completely different world than where Carter lived in Nowhere, TX. She didn't know what to make of the small town where everyone knew everybody else. How does she tell him that he's a father? While she is trying to figure that out, she organizes the women in Nowhere to sew her designs and sells them in Carter's garage. He doesn't know what to make of this woman but is enamoured with the little girl. He can't get Buffy out of his mind either.
This story has wonderful characters. Carter was an exceptionally good man. I loved the way he was so good with the little girl. I didn't like Buffy at first because she was a bit snooty. After she got to Nowhere Junction and became a nicer person, I liked her a lot. Even the secondary characters were good and I would like to hear more about them. But I couldn't stand Buffy's husband and was hoping he would get a taste of his own medicine.
I have been a fan of Jacqueline Diamond for years so I was thrilled when I won this book. You have to read this unpredictable romance.
(reviewed 32 days after purchase)
on Jan. 24, 2014 :
I was given this book by the author for an honest review.
For me this book started out a little slow, I did really enjoy it. I loved the little town of Nowhere Junction, Texas. I love the people of this
small town, the characters you have got to love them. Just good old country people. They truly make this book. Buffy is a good mom in a
bad situation finding out the sperm bank didn't give her, her husband sperm but a stranger. She decides he needs to know and maybe
become apart of his daughters life. Carter took it better then most men would, in fact better then I thought he would. You have the bad
husband who hides his money and Carter comes in a saves the day. I did think the end came to fast, it was nice but missing more.
All in all it was a nice cute read.
There is a little humor not laugh out loud but lots of smiles. It was a good read. I am sure you will enjoy this book.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on Dec. 10, 2013 :
loved it strong characters helpful folks simple and sweet . wish there were more people like that.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Nov. 05, 2013 :
DESIGNER GENES is a cute, easy romance. Mostly set in a small town, it's filled with quirky, likeable characters. The characters combined with Diamond's humorous storytelling makes this an enjoyable light read.
The romance aspect is fairly simple and straightforward. There were a few unresolved secondary events by the end of the novel, but the author addresses these nicely in an afterward summarizing what transpired in related books originally released in conjunction with this one.
Review disclosure: I received a free ebook in exchange for an honest review.
(reviewed 9 days after purchase)