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Riassunto: Peter Roach is a bachelor and loving it. Three of his four brothers have taken well to wedded bliss. Peter’s desire is polar opposite. When a woman, who doesn’t fit the ‘in-need’ bill, walks into Carla’s Soup Kitchen, Peter reluctantly helps her as tears start to fall. One argument, one offer of a ride, and one offer of accommodation get him involved in Pamela Brinkley’s life deeper than the meaning of the word. The funny thing is, after just a few days of knowing her, the single life is starting to lose a lot of luster. Pamela Brinkley is a single mother, raising her four kids. Her salary seems to shrink monthly. There’s always a cash flow problem—money floods out of her bank account. The man who saves her from being stranded by giving her a ride when her car breaks down gives her shelter the same night when her oil runs out. Peter Roach is an incredible human being. Pamela is baffled that he continues to stick around after his Good Samaritan acts. Not many modern men would do all that for a girl with four kids. One hot kiss on a stormy night reminds her that she has needs she’s been neglecting. Stick around, Peter! A heartache from the past reminds Peter why he should steer clear of heart-entanglement in the present. With Pamela and her situation so similar to Marianne and hers, can Peter trust that Pam won’t break his heart? The trouble is that Pamela may be forced to make a choice that will cost her the love of the man she cares for—Peter Roach.

From the Author: I began writing full time in January 2014.  This novel, Not His Choice, is my first work in that capacity.  It wasn't the easiest novel to write.  In the first place, Peter Roach wasn't the easiest character to craft.  In previous works in this series (Five Brother's Books), he was the brother who tended to be in the background and in the shadows.  So I never got a full feel of who he was, what made him tick, or what I needed to do as the writer to make him come alive, so to speak.  One thing I knew was that like all his brothers, he was a family oriented and committed person, which was why he felt an affinity for Pamela, the heroine of the book, and her four kids.  Next, I knew he was raised to give back to society; so I guess his volunteering at Carla's Kitchen was no surprise, although that wasn't in the forefront of my mind at the time that I wrote the opening scene for the book.  Finally, I knew he was an accountant; a fastidious person--hence his horror at Kitty streaking slush across his hardwood floors; and probably the kind of guy most girls would consider pretty mundane and predictable.

Here's the thing.  He's not at all like that.  But I didn't know that until I started writing.  Then I wasn't satisfied with suit and tie, proper, and ordinary kind of guy for him.  The altercation with Pamela in chapter one wasn't planned but a natural progression of the scene.  As I wrote, the idea literally came to me as to how things should unfold.  At the end of that disagreement, I said to myself, "Yes!  Now I feel Peter."  There's fire in this formal man.  Peter's character has some revelations that surprised me and made him more real for me.  I hope those revelations will do the same for you as you read.  At the end of the novel, I was satisfied with him and the words 'still waters run deep' are applicable to this hero.

I loved Pamela from the outset and knew she was going to be a warm, loving, and giving person with a touch of pepper in her personality.  The bond between her and her children--her nieces and nephews--is beautiful.  Especially touching for me is how she deals with her nephew, David's wrong choice.  I planned the sub-story with David and Lydia.  As always, though, the way it turned out was not quite the way I envisioned it.

From the 'talking' in Peter's head, it's clear that Pamela Brinkley was not his choice.  But the heart is a funny organ, and the one we least expect to breach its borders is the one who does.  In Peter's case, it's Pamela.

While it wasn't the easiest novel to write, I like how Not His Choice turned out.  For me, the novel highlights love and family, two things I think that keep our world ticking.

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Manie, Brigette
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