Yours And Mine
(Freshman Forty #2)
Publication date: February 10th 2017
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
The highly anticipated sequel to Positively Mine….
Picking up from the dramatic ending of Positively Mine, Yours and Mine continues the Freshman Forty series as we meet Danny Santoro, Laurel’s baby’s father, for the first time.
It’s been almost a year since he last saw her, that sultry morning she walked off the beach before dawn had even cracked the August sky. It seemed from her silence, she was out of his life forever.
But Laurel’s timing couldn’t be worse to tell him he’s a father. The last year hasn’t been easy. Danny’s own father was arrested for a DUI, his mother moved out, and Danny started sleeping with his brother’s old high school, drug-abusing girlfriend.
After Laurel shocks him with the news, she attempts to relinquish Danny of any parental responsibility leading to a heated custody battle. In an unorthodox arrangement, an eccentric judge orders Danny and Laurel to spend alternating weekends with each other for the upcoming school year.
Told from Danny’s point of view, Yours and Mine explores the second chapter of a romance that never got off the ground, the challenges of young parenting, and the hope of rekindled love.
***REVIEW BY LIZ***
Yours and Mine by Christine Duval was such an emotional read. I found it genuine and heartbreaking to see what Danny and Laurel went through as young parents. I do, however, must admit I did not read the first book, but will do so as soon as possible. Though I did not feel totally lost, the first book deals with how Laurel dealt with being pregnant and alone (by her own choice).
In Yours and Mine, Danny only finds out about the baby after she is born. It’s been almost a year since he last saw Laurel and he thought that had been the last of it. But now she is back and telling him he is a father. Oh, and letting him know she is okay with him relinquishing all his rights. She is setting him free of all responsibilities.
But Danny has other ideas. It has not been an easy time for him in the last year. His father was arrested for a DUI, he started sleeping with a girl who is older and abuses drugs and is going to
school. But he is not ready to relinquish his parental rights. He wants to be a part of his daughter’s life. But Laurel is not ready to share her daughter either. And so, they head to court.
Laurel, though a mother, is still very young and had a lot of growing up to do. She loved her daughter, but it also seemed like she wanted to have a normal college experience as well. Which is really a hard thing to do. She was a bit irritating at times with her demands, requests and actions. But we also see her slowly begin to mature.
On the other hand, I really liked Danny. He was not perfect in any way, but he immediately, once the shock of learning he was a father wore off, wanted to be a part of his daughter’s life and fought for his rights. He did not settle for what Laurel wanted to give him. And once he realized there could be something there with Laurel, he went after her as well.
It was interesting to get this story only from the male point of view, but it was also refreshing to see him involved in and wanting to be a part of his child’s life. And while Laurel attempted to have as normal a college life as she could, Danny arranged his life to be a father. It was an interesting contrast. But after the courts dictated an original custody agreement, you see these two connect and get to know each other all over again.
I enjoyed Danny and Laurel’s story. It was a bit angsty, but also filled with hope and possibility. Their journey was not easy, as finding your way as young parents never is, but we get to see them both grow, learn what is truly important and open up to possibilities.
I give Yours and Mine by Christine Duval 4-stars!
Christine Duval lives in New Jersey with her family. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators, Women Who Write, and the Authors Guild.
When not creating fictional characters or organizing carpools, you can find her walking through houses and writing about them for an upscale real estate company. She also has an extensive social media background and has worked for several well-known magazines.
Find her online at www.christineduval.com or on Twitter @christineduval1.
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