Second novel in the Huntington series
When zoologist Mitch Huntington agreed to be named in his best friends' will as guardian to their daughter, Emily Jane,
he was sure it meant nothing more than pony rides, presents on birthdays, and an occasional day at the circus. Instead
he finds himself up to his elbows in diapers and soggy oatmeal. While Mitch soon discovers that animal care and
baby care are not the same thing, he quickly becomes totally devoted to the adorable little girl.
But Cory Steele, Emily Jane's estranged aunt, will stop at nothing to rescue her niece from the clutches of
this single Mormon maneven if it means pretending to join his strange church in order to gain his trust . . .
and seize custody of the baby.
Is Cory deceiving herself as much as she's trying to deceive Mitch? What's really in her heart? And what's
best for Emily Jane?
You've met Mitch's sister Amanda and read her gripping tale in the best-selling novel
Winter Fire. Now Mitch's
story will tug at your heartstrings as it explores the nature of commitment and selfless love.
What Others Are Saying
Loved this book. It had some new and interesting issues, things I've never read about in LDS fiction. With Rachel's gift for romance and creating characters we can't help but root forthe story is told exactly as it ought to be. It was real, full of wonderful conflict and had a perfect resolution. I can't wait for the third book in this series!!
Josi S. Kilpack, author of To Have or To Hold
This is a great book as all your others are. I've read it twice since we purchased it. The second time through was even better. It would be hard to say this is the best book you've ever written, as they all are very good, but for some reason I fell in love with Mitch and Cory and Emily Jane immediately. Many thanks for sharing your talents with us!
Rachel Ann Nunes has written a fascinating story of a man held back from pursuing his career to the fullest by doubts and fears, who suddenly becomes the guardian of a thirteen-month-old baby girl when her parents, his closest friends, are killed in a tragic accident. The baby
Jennie Hansen of Salt Lake City, UT
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This book was so fun to write. Not only did I get to learn a lot about the Amazon and share my son's
peculiar allergy to cold, but I got to write some tense and witty conversation from the point
of a non-believer. I also had the opportunity to investigate family relationships that have broken down
and how that has affected people after they leave home. Also, the question came up: Does a blood connection
necessarily mean one person is more equipped to love and raise a child? Is membership in the Church a more
important quality? What if someone is a believer but doesn't live up to Church standards?
Discussion Questions for No Longer Strangers:
1. What was Mitch Huntington's reaction to becoming Emily Jane's guardian? In
what ways was he prepared for the responsibility? In what ways wasn't he
2. Were you impressed with Mitch's family? How did they help him through the
initial adjustment? How important should family be during life's challenges?
3. How did Cory Steele's relationship with her family differ from Mitch's? How
did her family color her view of the Church?
4. At the beginning of the story, Mitch and Cory have very different life goals.
What are they?
5. What did you enjoy most about the scene at the dam when Cory was trying so
futilely to impress Mitch? Had you ever heard of anyone being allergic to cold?
(Read the dedication to see who the author knows with this condition!)
6. Mitch and Cory both love Emily Jane deeply and want what is best for her. We
are often torn between two positives as we see the depth of their desire and
commitment. Who do you feel is better qualified to raise Emily JaneMitch or
Cory? Why? Would your opinion be different if both were members of the Church?
7. At one point in the story, Cory has three major realizations:
a. that she can't go through with her pretend conversion and
baptism because the gospel might actually be true;
b. she feels more than friendship toward Mitch;
c. that Mitch might just be the better parent for Emily Jane.
How do these realizations affect her actions? How are the first two realizations
connected? Is it wise to be baptized only to please someone you love?
8. How do you feel about Cory's choice to return to the Amazon? Have you or
anyone you know ever had to make a similar choice?
9. Discuss Cory's conversion and the transformation of her life's goals. How
important was the setting and its solitude for her conversion? How has your
testimony of the gospel helped you choose a more rewarding path?
10. What was your favorite part of the novel? Why?
Thanks for participating in this discussion. I hope you enjoyed Mitch and Cory's
story as much as I loved writing it! If you have questions or comments, please
feel free to
Have a great day,
Rachel Ann Nunes
Mitch Huntington groaned as the sound of the doorbell sliced into his
unconscious thoughts. Reluctantly, he swam through the murky waters of sleep
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Deseret Book, Softcover Tradeback, Romance, 294 pages.
First printing in August 2005
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