Pdf/E–book [The Fourth Child Family Matters #3]


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  • The Fourth Child Family Matters #3
  • C.J. Carmichael
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  • 20 October 2020
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review The Fourth Child Family Matters #3 109 And when Kirk suggests counselling she wonders if there’s any point But with so much at stake shouldn’t she at least try Not just for her and Kirk’s sake but for their daughtersand the fourth child Kirk doesn’t even know she’s expecting. I have been in a kind of restless place lately wanting to get my hands on something unusual to read I started with 2 books yesterday which I gave up reading after around half way through because the stories somehow didn t end up being what I was looking for And so not to give up on my uest to find something different I turned to this little number in my TBR pile a paperback I acuired a couple of weeks back because of its unusual themeThe Fourth Child delves into a topic that we come across rarely in romance novels Because lets face it no one wants to read about infidelity that involves either the hero or heroine wanting our time out from the real world to be as picture perfect as possible This book begins into the twelfth year of marriage between Kirk and Claire whose life seems to be just about perfect to someone viewing it from the other sideWell into her 30 s Claire is the mother of three beautiful daughters with the news of a fourth child on the way when mere ten minutes later her husband Kirk drops the bombshell that he is in love with someone else Kirk s involvement with Janice begins innocently enough until six months later Kirk is forced to admit that their seemingly innocent get togethers have certainly turned into something of the intimate variety which has Kirk uestioning himself on whether he is ready to give up Claire and his girls for a few moments of guilty pleasureClaire feels as if her whole world is crashing down right in front of her upon receiving Kirk s admission of his feelings towards another woman Betrayal anger jealousy and a whole riot of emotions swirl through Claire making her want to curl up into a ball and vent out all the emotions that seems to be suffocating her And when Kirk tells her that he wants a shot at making things work in their marriage though Claire is clearly hesitant to agree to it she finds herself embarking on unchartered waters trying to find the right path on which they could both heal and learn to find the love that had drawn them together in the first placeThis was an interesting piece of work because it takes the reader through a journey of discovery between two people who earlier had found reasons to tie the holy knot of matrimony who had embarked on a life together and made a home together to suddenly find out that they have been drifting apart for the last couple of months The jolt that wakes them up hurtful as it may be serves to be the point where both Kirk and Claire have to try to work things out not only for the sake of their children but for themselves as wellThough Kirk was the one to stray from his vows I found myself admiring him because he had the guts to come out with the truth and let his wife know before things had proceeded to a point of no return The challenges that Kirk and Claire face separately and together as they work things out all seem to be well thought out with Claire and Kirk both facing some hard truths about themselves before they can finally reach a place where they are able to move forward and not look back A well rounded tale that is certainly different from your average romance a tale of family life friendships that help you through the toughest times and a story of love and second chances that certainly had me racing towards the finish line without giving up just to see how things turned out in the endRecommended for readers like myself who want something a little bit different in their world of romance now and then Rating3755 Original Review Posted at Link to MBR s World of Romance Green Lanes and Kettle Cranes point But with so much at stake shouldn’t she at least try Not just for her and Kirk’s sake but for their daughtersand the fourth child Kirk doesn’t even know she’s expecting. I have been in a kind of restless John Quincy Adams and American Global Empire place lately wanting to get my hands on something unusual to read I started with 2 books yesterday which I gave up reading after around half way through because the stories somehow didn t end up being what I was looking for And so not to give up on my uest to find something different I turned to this little number in my TBR Radical Technologies pile a Learning to See Version 13 paperback I acuired a couple of weeks back because of its unusual themeThe Fourth Child delves into a topic that we come across rarely in romance novels Because lets face it no one wants to read about infidelity that involves either the hero or heroine wanting our time out from the real world to be as Simply Scandalous House of Pleasure #9 picture Hard as Steel Hard Ink #45; Raven Riders #05 perfect as Littles Learning to Please possible This book begins into the twelfth year of marriage between Kirk and Claire whose life seems to be just about The Unintentional Time Traveler perfect to someone viewing it from the other sideWell into her 30 s Claire is the mother of three beautiful daughters with the news of a fourth child on the way when mere ten minutes later her husband Kirk drops the bombshell that he is in love with someone else Kirk s involvement with Janice begins innocently enough until six months later Kirk is forced to admit that their seemingly innocent get togethers have certainly turned into something of the intimate variety which has Kirk uestioning himself on whether he is ready to give up Claire and his girls for a few moments of guilty Honeymoon Castaways pleasureClaire feels as if her whole world is crashing down right in front of her upon receiving Kirk s admission of his feelings towards another woman Betrayal anger jealousy and a whole riot of emotions swirl through Claire making her want to curl up into a ball and vent out all the emotions that seems to be suffocating her And when Kirk tells her that he wants a shot at making things work in their marriage though Claire is clearly hesitant to agree to it she finds herself embarking on unchartered waters trying to find the right Touch Me In The Dark The Mckenna Legacy Harleuin Intrigue #390 path on which they could both heal and learn to find the love that had drawn them together in the first An Irritation to a Murder placeThis was an interesting Forbidden Lover piece of work because it takes the reader through a journey of discovery between two Garudayana Vol 4 people who earlier had found reasons to tie the holy knot of matrimony who had embarked on a life together and made a home together to suddenly find out that they have been drifting apart for the last couple of months The jolt that wakes them up hurtful as it may be serves to be the Beyond the Veil VeilDixon Security #2 point where both Kirk and Claire have to try to work things out not only for the sake of their children but for themselves as wellThough Kirk was the one to stray from his vows I found myself admiring him because he had the guts to come out with the truth and let his wife know before things had The Weeping Undergraduate proceeded to a Villa Incognito point of no return The challenges that Kirk and Claire face separately and together as they work things out all seem to be well thought out with Claire and Kirk both facing some hard truths about themselves before they can finally reach a El Lazarillo De Tormes (Spanish Edition) place where they are able to move forward and not look back A well rounded tale that is certainly different from your average romance a tale of family life friendships that help you through the toughest times and a story of love and second chances that certainly had me racing towards the finish line without giving up just to see how things turned out in the endRecommended for readers like myself who want something a little bit different in their world of romance now and then Rating3755 Original Review Posted at Link to MBR s World of Romance

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review The Fourth Child Family Matters #3 109 From the outside Claire Ridgeway looks like she has it all a handsome successful husband three young healthy daughters a beautiful home in Toronto and a cottage in Lake Country But Claire knows there are fissures in her marriage that could threat. Infidelity whether it s physical or emotional is a very complex problem It s a betrayal of trust which is very hard to explore effectively in the constraints of the category romance The publishing rules make it difficult because the author has to end on a upbeat HEA This is part of the Harleuin branding it s a decades long contract between the company and their readers When one buys a romance novel there are certain expectations which the reader brings to the experience It s same with Superheroes mysteries and every other genre The reader and the publishers have that unspoken agreement that certain rules exist Batman isn t going to have a crisis of faith and turn to the dark side and work with the Legion of Doom He isn t gong to come to the Justice League meeting and say hey you know what guys I think the Joker might be right why are we doing this again Humanity doesn t even appreciate us In this story Kirk comes home to tell his wife this The thing is Claire I ve fallen in love with someone else This is uneuivocal He s not telling her he s feeling unhappy or restless he s already mentally checked out Claire meanwhile is the traditional housewife with three kids who also just learned she s pregnant Oooops This is where this story tries to be both the fantasy which is what these stories are and explore some really really painful topics With those words in the real world Kirk has changed his relationship with Claire and his children forever You can t rebuild trust to what it used to be even if you can evolve the relationship to the point of forgiveness and even going forward together However once one party hears from the other such stark words it s not going to ever go away However because this takes place within a genre with clear restrictions the real fallout can t be explored We end back on some real outdated even for 2000 cliches I think it s well past time that we stop expecting stay at home moms to be all things for all people They are raising fellow HUMAN BEINGS The spouse who works outside the home is an adult and has no excuse in not understanding the demands young kids put on you It isn t the stay at home spouse s responsibility to take care of the spouse who gets appreciation and compensation in terms of salary glowing reviews and the personal satisfaction of meeting goalsParenthood isn t like that as those of us who raised or are raising kids know It s never ending and gets very little respect from society So when Kirk was whining about how hard he works and how she doesn t appreciate what he does and the minute he walks through the door he gets upset that he s made to feel guilty for missing a child s recital Boo Hoo Kirk You re an adult not a sullen teenager Immediately sit down with your spouse and explain your side Explain that the lifestyle you are all living is predicated on the number of hours you work While the spouse can tell you how sad the kids are that you weren t there to see them do whatever and explain why this is so important This then opens the door to discuss priorities Kirk and Claire are financially living a good life Does he want to be part of his daughters childhood triumphs and experiences If the answer is yes then sit down and budget out what will have to change if he reduces hours Do you need to move in to a smaller house Do you need to drive less expensive cars Is downsizing their lives worth spending time with the family This is also a conversation that could have taken place in the therapist office that s another problem the therapist felt like a narrator trying to explain to the reader why we should root for them to stay together What I felt needed to happen was some indication that both Claire and Kirk understood things would have to change in the marriage Another difficult uestion that wasn t even raised was this unplanned pregnancy Again because of the genre it s published in Claire isn t allowed to ask what many women in her place would When Kirk said he was in love with another woman she knows she s pregnant it s very difficult for me to believe that she wouldn t think about termination Conveniently she finds out as she s ending her first trimester but that doesn t mean she wouldn t uestion exactly how many months and if she s still is in the window of that being a possibility The marriage is in crisis they have three kids is it fair to bring in another in to this mess This is another thing I felt should have been addressed in that therapist s office Kirk s rage at finding out was again ridiculous Dude You came home to tell your wife that you LOVE somebody else and have been dating her and making out with her you lost the right for moral superiority Claire should have also worked on her own plans for survival going forward Can she support herself I d have liked to see her become independent and self sufficient even as they work to repair the damage Claire s regrets at not ending up with Grady was another plot point not given it s due Conveniently Grady is in love with somebody else so there is no real danger that Claire will really leave Kirk s attitude toward Grady in that one scene was just bizarre He throws a jealous fit out of nowhere Uh Hypocrisy Kirk isn t very attractive Meanwhile Grady s and Claire s conversation seemed to be lifted from a 1950s how to understand your man text 2000 wasn t so long ago that that attitude can excused Sidebar We have to teach our boys just as we do our girls women aren t here for the male ego There is a vein of blaming the victim in the conversation between those two which made me very uncomfortable I couldn t help but wonder what the attitude would have been if Claire had been the one lying meeting up for drinks and make out sessions Would Kirk get the same type of counseling she did I have my doubts In general it is set up that Claire has very limited options and the expectation is she should forgiveI think they should have separated for a bit before the resolution Kirk would have to deal with his children in ways he hasn t before because Claire did all the heavy lifting and maybe he d have a better understanding of how easy she made his life Meanwhile if Claire worked outside the home it would have helped her find herself and realize that she doesn t need to stay with Kirk but maybe she wants to Maybe all the years together and the children they share are enough to work beyond this Claire thought at one point She would willingly trade some of that success for his spending time with the children But that choice was Kirk s to makeYes but then if he chooses NOT to trade in that success He has to take personal responsibility for that choice and accept that he s going to lose his family and stop whining that Claire doesn t understand how hard he works because clearly she isn t invested in all the material goods that said success brings Meanwhile Claire needs to stop crying victim that he s not there for the family because that isn t his priority How do they resolve this disconnect Do we see the changes they both have to make in the marriage Do they cut back on the material goods Do they share both the financial and child rearing responsibilities I understand staying in the marriage after something like this However it s not ever going to be the happy ever after the way it s presented here She wondered who he was talking to that one time and he got all upset Well that is going to happen for a long time Kirk maybe it ll be in the back of her mind for years before she stops wondering Same with his calling to say he has a business dinner Just because Janice the other woman leaves doesn t mean there won t be other woman and other opportunities This isn t a problem which can be fixed in months and a few sessions of therapy to end with unconditional love and trust Stories like this can t end with the traditional hearts and flowers HEA it s so much complex and open ended

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review The Fourth Child Family Matters #3 109 En everything Even so she’s shocked when Kirk announces he’s in love with another woman Turns out his late nights at work have been spent wining and dining this other woman Shattered by Kirk’s revelation Claire is sure her marriage is over. This is a cheating story The story opens with the hero lying to his wife about staying at work late and then anticipating seeing the OW The OW is a work colleague who has used the hero as an emotional prop after her divorce She wants to take their emotional affair to the next level and make it physical The hero balks at this and the next scene is the ambivalent hero telling his pregnant wife he doesn t know this yet and mother of his three children that he has fallen in love with someone else It does not go well as you can imagine The rest of the story is the hero coming to his senses and trying to make up again as the heroine takes the three girls to their lakeside cottage for the short Ontario summer The hero joins them on weekends so the heroine has plenty of time to lick her wounds and gestate baby 4reeder has written a great review about why this hero and his actions are so problematic I ll add to her points by saying I hated how he made the heroine responsible for his emotions He couldn t deal with the temptation and he just had to tell the heroine so she could talk him out of it Why else would he say such a thing and then expect to talk about it Was he waiting for permission to cheat Was he trying to hurt the heroine couched in passive aggressive terms I think he was trying to hurt her and this was a power move on his partSo his refrain throughout we have to talk felt like bullying to me He wanted her pain and emotions on a platter for some weird reason And this is where the marriage counselling scenes went flat All the marriage counselor did was assure the heroine that many relationships can become stronger after cheating when trust is restored This is about as helpful as this statement 4 out of 5 dentists recommend Trident for their patients who chew gum The weird reason the hero wants his pound of flesh from the heroine is that he has always felt second best with her She was madly in love with her high school boyfriend who dumped her to marry the girl he got pregnant Twenty years later she is still carrying a torch for him and she sees him on a daily basis when she is at the lake This never comes out in counseling the Hh don t address this directly It s an elephant in the room the author skirts around But don t feel bad for the heroine She is just as selfish as the hero in her emotionsthoughtsactions For instance she is jealous of her old flame s new girlfriend who is on the run from an abusive husband really heroine You re a monsterSo why three stars While the author never resolves their marital differences she does change the focus She shifts the focus from the marital drama to the idyllic life of 8 short weeks on the Muskoka lakes This is old money territory These people are seriously well off While I didn t grow up in Canada my son did The school year here is long You are only free from school on June 30 and you are back after Labor Day That s it that s all you get 8 weeks And that s what resonated with me in this story The Hh resolve their differences because they both love their kids they know that time is short and they have one on the way It s ironic that I read this during our Canadian Thanksgiving three day weekend The last scene of the story is Thanksgiving which takes place in early October not late November like in the US Many people celebrate out at their lake houses on this day like the characters because it s a good time to close up for the winter The change of seasons Watching your children grow all those water skiing scenes There is a certain poignancy and comfort in focusing on the home fires So author changed the focus on a less than perfect relationship and made it feel like a happy enough ending After I read this I returned to Michelle Reid s The Ultimate Betrayal one of the best cheating stories I ve ever read The Hh actually dealt with their issues and the love the hero had for the heroine was never in doubt unlike this story So read that one if you enjoy a cheating story that makes sense


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    Pdf/E–book [The Fourth Child Family Matters #3] Claire has been married to Kirk for 12 years they have 3 daughters and Claire has just learned there is fourth on the way On the day Claire is about to tell Kirk the slime ball blindsides her by saying he's in love with someone else a woman that works at this office not his secretary Claire is pissed and tells him to leaveLater Kirk suggest they try counseling because he has some epiphany and realizes what he

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    Pdf/E–book [The Fourth Child Family Matters #3] C.J. Carmichael ↠ 9 free read I have been in a kind of restless place lately wanting to get my hands on something unusual to read I started with 2 books yesterday which I gave up reading after around half way through because the stories somehow didn't end up being what I was looking for And so not to give up on my uest to find something different I turned to this little

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    Pdf/E–book [The Fourth Child Family Matters #3] summary ☆ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ↠ C.J. Carmichael characters The Fourth Child Family Matters #3 I just reread this again and I am so mad at myself I read some reviews and I thought maybe give it a chance and I am so mad at me Bad Decision I cried so hard The scene where they have sex and then she says did you kiss her? Did you touch her? And he said yes and she broke down sobbing her heart out and my heart hurt so much for her Then she found the lipstick in the glovebox the other woman planted it for sure the HO a

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