"Well worth reading"
After earning her Masters, Julie First looks forward to
a career in education. She is extremely pleased to obtain
the position of curriculum writer for the Coyote Springs,
Texas schools. However, she is taken aback when her
contract requires her to agree to never criticize the
school board. Still, she cannot resist this opportunity
and signs the document.
Julie soon begins to suspect the administration of
committing transgressions. She voices her opinion of
potential wrong-doing to school board member Rolf Murdock,
who blows her away as being ridiculously paranoid.
However, Rolf reassesses things when his inquiries are
treated with disrespect and antagonism. Rolf obtains
Julie's cooperation as they secretly investigate the
current superintendent and the school administration. As
Rolf and Julie fall in love and she wants to mother his
children as if they were her own, she wants to retain her
career too. However, she knows his first wife's career
ended Rolf's marriage.
K.N. Casper is gaining quite a following for his deep
looks at relationships, especially in The First Family of
Texas series. A MOTHER TO HIS CHILDREN is a powerful look
at how choices people make in their professional lives
impact their personal life. The story line works when
Julie struggles with her growing love for Rolf and his four
children vs. her desire to continue as a curriculum
writer. Though the amateur sleuth investigation into the
school administration adds excitement and facilitates the
proximity between the lead protagonists, that subplot never
feeds into the larger theme of selections among options
indirectly effecting relationships. Still, K.N. Casper
leaves his fans with a thought provoking entertaining novel.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted January 26, 2002