Reviewed by Donna
TITLE: Truly A Miracle
SERIES: The Innkeeper series #2
AUTHOR: Derrick Knight
PUBLISHER: Self Published
LENGTH: 251 Pages
RELEASE DATE: October 25, 2016
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 book in this series, which I believe was this author’s first published work. While I enjoyed the plot, I found the story itself to be a bit of a mess. I remember commenting that it could benefit from getting some more beta readers to have a browse, and then go another round of edits. So, the first thing I feel I should mention in my review of Truly a Miracle is the fact that the author blew me away with the improvement he has made in his writing. It’s not perfect. Is any story? But the quality of this work, compared to the first book, is phenomenal.
As with the first story of the series, this tale is told from the point of view of multiple characters, but again, the author did a much better job of it here. Our main characters, Dustin and Nathaniel and of course their babies, remain the focus of the plot even while other people are popping up to share their perspective. The babies really do play a huge part in the story, so any reader who is looking for a sexy kind of romance, won’t find that here. This is about an established couple being gifted with the family they’ve fought hard to get, only to have everything threatened when the twins arrive too early. There is a lot of detail that the author put into the care of the babies, and it did draw the story out and keep it all rather slow paced, but there’s not a bit that I’d like to seen cut. It was fascinating to read about a subject that the author obviously knows so much about.
While this is the second book in the series, it can absolutely be read as a standalone. Without reading the first book you may wonder why Nathaniel is the way Nathaniel is (he may seem like a bit of an ass if you haven’t previously met him) but I don’t think it will be long before you’re drawn into the lives of this family the way that I was. At the end of the first book we were left with a big hint that some shit was about to go down for one of the other couples, and but that seems as though it’s set to happen in book #3. This book was more a sidestep into Dustin and Nathaniel’s family and I totally recommend it to readers who love books about loved-up couples and their children.
Oh, and that cover! It’s one of my favourites of 2016.