It wasn’t a busy morning, and fortunately Jack took over most of the check-ins. Which meant during her daily routine, Emma was able to ring about every babysitter and nanny service in town – but to no avail. She grew more and more nervous the closer it drew to
lunchtime. She placed the folder back into the drawer, grabbed the phone directory, and kept searching. Emma took the pencil from behind her ear and just as she was about to jot down another number, she saw a man in a dark business suit entering the hotel lobby through the big, rotating glass door. Emma couldn’t help staring at him. He came towards the reception desk in quick, long steps.
“Em, you’re drooling again,” Jack whispered.
She glanced over at Jack and heat crept up her cheeks. Actually, it was like her head was on fire and she was about to faint when Jack’s words registered in her brain, “Sir, if you wouldn’t mind, I need to take this call. I’m sure Emma will help you with any queries.”
She gazed at him, biting the inside of her cheek and the pencil still in her hand. There he was in front of her with his athletic figure, broad shoulders and his tall build.
“Excuse me,” he said in a deep voice, as he slid his sunglasses on top of his head.
Emma looked into his hazel-brown eyes. “Yes, sir. How can I help you?”
“Could you please let Mrs. Gibbs, room five-o-two, know that I have arrived. My name is Flynn McCormack. I’ll wait in the hotel café.”
“Certainly, Mr. McCormack.”
He turned and walked towards the café. She followed him with her gaze and just thinking of his long eyelashes and the stubbles covering his jaw-line gave her a shudder. Emma took the phone and dialled room five-o-two. It took a while until Mrs. Gibbs answered.
“Mrs. Gibbs, Emma from the reception here.”
“Well, dear, about time. Have you been successful with the babysitter?”
Reality check. She had forgotten about that. “No, but I will check with our
management, and I can help you out myself if that would suit you,” Emma lied and slapped her forehead as soon as she had said it. What was it with this woman who made her do or say things without a second thought?
There was a deep sigh at the other end of the line. “Well, young lady, I suppose I have no other choice.” And she hung up.
Becoming a parent can be daunting at the best of times, but for Flynn, a business lawyer in Melbourne, it almost pulls the feet from right underneath him. He’s become a father to six-year-old Nadine literally overnight! He had no idea about her existence, and the news throws him into chaos, even more so when he is asked to take over custody. With the help of Emma, an employee at the hotel where Nadine and her grandparents are staying, and his parents, Flynn tries to do the right thing. Yet, the right thing in his eyes differs from his parents’, and Emma is voicing her opinion as well. And right in the middle is little Nadine, still grieving the loss of her mother and finding a wonderful friend in Emma. There’s no doubt she’s afraid where and with whom she will settle. But in the end, it’s a letter Flynn receives that helps him figuring out what to do.
4 stars – NEW BEGINNINGS is a very emotional read, one that is heartwarming as well as heart wrenching. It gives you hope in the act of human kindness and that good things do happen to good people. I highly recommend this book.