The Gift Of Love, by Eris Field


Laurel, a 26 year old slightly impulsive pediatric nurse who spent her early years in foster care, dreams of having a family of her own—six children, no men in the dream. Laurel doesn’t just dream, she has a plan –stop her step-sister’s compulsive hoarding, clear out the mountains of paper engulfing every room, and sell the old house that is pushing her toward bankruptcy. As a last resort, she raids her retirement fund to go to a conference on the newest treatments for compulsive hoarding. 

          Andrew, a 39 year old psychiatrist, is never impulsive.  A reticent, somewhat austere man, he limits his interactions with people to his work.  About to leave for the conference where he has agreed to fill in for a colleague, he suddenly finds himself the reluctant caretaker of a two and a half year old boy, Jamie, who is mute.

Laurel views Andrew as arrogant, rude, but disturbingly attractive and Andrew views Laurel as a dangerous distraction to be avoided.  Faced with saving Jamie, they are forced to work together but will they be able to put aside their protective armor and trust each other enough to let love in?

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