By Lynnette Austin
Must Love Babies series – Book 2
August 27, 2019
October in Misty Bottoms, Georgia – the Present
The heat in his first summer in Georgia reminds Tucker Wylder of his duty as a Marine in the Middle East, and that memory always brings bad reactions. He and his brothers, Gaven and Brant, own Wylder Rides, a car and motorcycle restoration shop. Currently, they are working on restoring a ‘63 Corvette for a Hollywood executive. Tucker arrives at the garage before his brothers and starts replacing the brake lines on the Corvette. A car with engine troubles stops, and a blue-eyed woman enters the garage. While Tucker is telling her where the nearest repair shop is, she passes out. Then he hears a child crying in the woman’s car. The little girl asks who he is. When he tells her, she calls him Tut. She tells him her name is Daisy Elizabeth. Misty Bottoms is a small community and Tucker knows the woman needs help. The ambulance he calls arrives, but they can’t take Daisy, so Tucker follows the ambulance to the town’s only physician, just to make sure Daisy stays with her mother.
Elise Danvers is in a bad place. When her husband learned their baby had a congenital heart problem, he abandoned her and Daisy. After leaving, he used Elise’s credit card to excess. When she lost her library job, she learned he had run the bill up so high she lost her grandmother’s house to foreclosure. Her mom and dad had never had time for her, but she was traveling to her mother’s empty house in Savannah for a place to stay until she could get reestablished. Now she is under a doctor’s care and can’t pay the bill. When the doctor waives away her bill, Elise first encounters the generous nature of the citizens of the small community of Misty Bottoms; then Tucker lets her recuperate at his house along with her three-and-a-half-year-old daughter.
Tucker and Elise don’t think they will ever love anyone again. His first romance’s failure followed by his duty in the Middle East, and Elise’s experience with her ex, make them both leery of love. Yet talkative Daisy’s charm enchants Tucker. When Elise finally gets Tucker to talk of the war experience haunting him, she learns of a problem certain to keep them apart. I’VE GOT YOU BABE is a charming and heart-wrenching tale of second chances brought about by a little enchantress.