Truly a Miracle (Innkeeper Series Book 2) by Derrick Knight (Published October 25, 2016, 251 pages) A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
To read my review of The Rekindling of Love (Innkeeper Series Book 1) click here.
Blurb: Dustin Hurst and Nathaniel Schmitt were happy when Nathaniel’s sister Natalie agreed to be their surrogate. Both men were elated finding out that she was pregnant with twins. Their dreams of becoming parents finally coming true, until one day, Natalie goes into preterm labor.
Diana and Niles Hurst-Schmitt enter the world over two months premature. Immediately they’re transported to a nearby children’s hospital where doctors soon discover both twins have life threatening complications requiring surgical intervention.
During their children’s hospitalization, Dustin and Nathaniel grow fond of the many talented healthcare professionals working to heal their newborns, including the attractive dietitian Matt Bachmeier. They think it’s only a matter of time before their babies are well enough to come home. Unfortunately, fate has other plans for the tiny infants resulting in Dustin and Nathaniel unexpectedly embarking on a terrifying journey witnessing their children fighting for their lives.
As their medical crisis continues to unfold, Dustin and Nathaniel pray for a miracle their family so desperately needs.
I reviewed the first Innkeepers book for Rainbow Gold Reviews in 2014. I was very glad to find out that he had published the second book, and had asked us to review it. In book one, we were introduced to John and Dwyer and three other couples who made up a close knit group of friends. Nathaniel and Dustin were one of those couples. The first book gave almost equal time to all four couples, but in this book the author has primarily focused on just Nathaniel and Dustin as they take their journey into parenthood.
What a crazy journey it is! Nathaniel’s twin Natalie graciously offered to be surrogate for the two men when Nathaniel’s OCD was a hurdle for them when trying to create their family in book one. As the book starts, Natalie goes into premature labor with the twin babies she is carrying. This story was so very easy for me to relate to. Twice I was the mother of a NICU baby. I was able to remember with experience the pain of leaving your child at the hospital to go home at night. I remember calling every night to see how feedings were going and if weight had gone up. If any alarms had gone off. Every parent finds a whole new sense of inner strength when having kids, but you never know how strong you are until it’s tested like Nathaniel and Dustin are. For all of Nathaniel’s pessimistic thoughts and OCD related compulsions, the two men pass their tests with flying colors. They always put their babies first and use their rights as parents to make some real progress in their children’s development.
When I read the blurb of this book, I have to say I was wondering what was important about Matt the dietitian that he was mentioned by name and described as attractive. I wondered if Nathaniel and Dustin would take a third into their relationship or if he was going to come between them, somehow. If anyone else was thinking along the same lines and worrying, let me assure you that Nathaniel and Dustin never waiver in their monogamous love for each other. Matt is the hero of the day in this book, when his dietary therapy saves the twins lives after they both suffer intestinal difficulties. A spiteful rival dietitian definitely made my blood go cold when she nearly ruined it all because of petty jealousy. Matt, the nurses Maggie and Nora, and several skeptical doctors who decide to implement the therapy really come through for the two fathers and they were great secondary characters.
I wouldn’t say that this was a traditional m/m romance. There is a strong love between the main characters, and some intimate scenes between the two of them. This book is more about family, though. The family that Dustin and Nathaniel make with their two precious babies, and the family that they both came from. Nathaniel’s warm and loving family are wonderful. They give so much support, and even his eldest sister that he was never as close with really comes through when things are looking their most bleak. Dustin’s family is a lot different, though there is a moment of such tenderness between them and their son, I felt my heart melt. I definitely leaked a few tears reading this book. It is emotional as the dads and their children fight for their new lives. It was also a very heartwarming story of love and I definitely recommend it.
9/10 Pots of Gold (90% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars
Derrick Knight was born in Janesville, Wisconsin. Growing up, he always dreamed of becoming a writer. His grandmother got him hooked on reading mystery novels. It was in December 2011 that he purchased his first M/M romance novel. Instantly, he became hooked on the genre. After reading his first gay romance novel, he knew what types of books he wanted to write.
Derrick earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Dietetics from University of Wisconsin-Stout, and a Master’s Degree in Health Services Administration from University of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois. He has worked in the healthcare field as a dietitian for over twenty-three years. For the past nineteen years, he has functioned as a neonatal nutritionist for a large Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Central Illinois. Currently he lives in Peoria, Illinois.