Book Review: A Mother for His Family by Susanne Dietze

"He was John Gordon, the Lord Ardoch. The stranger she had come here to marry."(12)

Title:  A Mother for His Family
Author: Susanne Dietze
Publisher:  Love Inspired Historical
Audio Release Date:  January 2, 2017
Genre: Historical Fiction

A Convenient Arrangement

Lady Helena Stanhope’s reputation is in tatters…and she’s lost any hope for a “respectable” ton marriage. An arranged union is the only solution. But once Helena weds formidable Scottish widower John Gordon, Lord Ardoch, and encounters his four mischievous children, she’s determined to help her new, ever-surprising family. Even if she’s sure love is too much to ask for.

All John needs is someone to mother his admittedly unruly brood. He never imagined that beautiful Lady Helena would be a woman of irresistible spirit, caring and warmth. Or that facing down their pasts would give them so much in common. Now, as danger threatens, John will do whatever it takes to convince Helena their future together—and his love—are for always.

So, full disclosure here. I love stories with kids, especially when kids need a little love and our characters are able to provide that. The journey to mutual respect and understanding just tickles, and then warms my heart. Well, Susanne Dietze's A Mother for His Family gave this reader much love.

"I am ice. I am ice. If I am not careful, I will crack."(42)

John and Helena are such great characters. O, how my heart ached for Helena - for what she went through and for the guilt she placed on herself. How lost she was! Yet, with everything she's been through, including entering an arranged marriage in name only, her genuine concern for the kids were remarkable.

The romance was just as lovely. I enjoyed every bit about A Mother for His Family, but most of all, the message of God's unconditional love.   With a great comparison to conditional love that is fickle or conditions we placed on ourselves, A Mother for His Family is profound and entertaining.

"God's desire to forgive and renew you is not based on your actions. . . He delights in you. . . I hope. . . you remember to see yourself as God sees you. As I see you. . . worthy of love and hope." (123, 264)

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
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Susanne Dietze began writing love stories in high school, casting her friends in the starring roles. Today, she's the award-winning author of over a dozen historical romances who's seen her work on the ECPA and Publisher's Weekly Bestseller Lists for Inspirational Fiction. Married to a pastor and the mom of two, Susanne lives in California and enjoys fancy-schmancy tea parties, genealogy, the beach, and curling up on the couch with a costume drama and a plate of nachos.

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  1. Thank you so much for the lovely review, Just Commonly! I'm honored and touched, and so glad you enjoyed the book.

    Have a very Merry Christmas!

    1. Thank you Susie for the chance to read your book ahead of time. I loved it and can't wait for more stories from you!

  2. Oh, I agree!! Loved this book! Wonderful review <3


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