A social worker and a lawyer band together to help a foster family fend off a legal challenge to an upcoming adoption proceeding.
Sunny Gibson was abandoned by her mentally ill, abusive mother when she was a child. Now she’s a Manhattan social worker determined to help children trapped in the foster system. A legal challenge arises that might halt the adoption of one of Sunny’s favorite clients, and Sunny is surprised at how the situation stirs up memories of her own harrowing childhood. Could this child be connected to her somehow? Sunny enlists the aid of high-powered lawyer Julian King to help her protect the rights of the adoptive parents. Sunny is convinced Julian is the key to helping her win the case even though he has no experience in family law, which is such a fundamental flaw in the plot that the entire legal battle never makes much sense. As Sunny and Julian work together to uncover the truth about the child they are trying to protect, they develop a friendship based on mutual respect but tinged with longing. Both characters have abandonment issues and are afraid to fall in love, but they cannot resist each other, and their friendship makes a slow and steady turn to romance. Sunny and Julian eventually leave New York and travel to the beaches of Maryland and South Carolina, where an escalating number of misunderstandings seem to be a pretext for more drama rather than an organic resolution to the plot and characters. Pope (Love Blooms, 2017, etc.) creates lush, complex emotional and professional lives for both Sunny and Julian; but by the end, some of the revelations about their families and the past veer into melodrama.
A sweet romance with a tight focus on the emotional journey.