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.
I’m so excited to be a part of the Yours and Mine blog tour! Let me begin by saying that unfortunately, I have not read the prequel to this novel, Positively Mine, but it did not keep me from being totally engrossed in and loving the story!
Danny hasn’t seen Laurel in about a year when she shows up at the marina where he works, asking if they can talk. Danny sees the baby with Laurel and assumes it’s her little sister, but later learns that is their baby. While away at college, Laurel kept her pregnancy a secret from everyone and Danny just learns that he’s a dad once their daughter, Carolyn is three months old. Laurel has paperwork in hand to free Danny of any parental responsibility, but Danny shocks her by stating that he wants to be in his daughter’s life. This novel takes us on the journey of two young people trying to co-parent and learn about what is more important in their lives.
I quickly fell in love with this novel, as well as, with Danny. As stated several times in the book, Danny is not like most guys and really works at being involved in his daughter’s life. I did find myself very frustrated with Laurel several times in this novel, mostly due to her unhealthy attachment to her boyfriend, Mike, but I also had the utmost respect for her raising a baby while going to school. I’m still on the fence about Danny’s family members that seemed to run hot and cold without warning.
This was a great read and although it’s somewhat of a cliffhanger ending, I really loved the book. Unplanned pregnancy, college, and mixed emotions about the other parent are all things that people can identify with on some level. Christine Duval brought these themes to life with Yours and Mine, weaving all of the ups and downs together in a wonderful fiction novel. Geared towards teen and young adults, I feel any age can enjoy this novel. I hope there is another installment in this series and can’t wait to read more from this author!
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 http://www.christineduval.com or on Twitter @christineduval1.