Are the rumors about him true? She intends to find out.
The mysterious Dr. Steele has taken up residence next door, and scandalous rumors about him are spreading through Margaret Landeau’s small Massachusetts town. Rumors of women he’s ill-used and exploited for his experimental surgeries. Never one to believe gossip, Margaret arms herself with a basket of baked goods and ventures to discover the truth from the man himself.
John Steele has lost everything. His parents, his aunt, too many women he intended to save, and his good name. All he has left is his aunt’s home in a far-flung village and a library he’s stocked with whiskey. He has nothing to offer anyone. Especially not the bold woman next door whose passion for healing reminds him of the man he once was.
But when a dangerously ill girl arrives on his doorstep, pleading for help, Margaret is thrust into his world. She will learn who the real Dr. John Steele truly is, and soon, not even his dark past can stop her from fighting for the brilliant doctor she now loves. But he must deny his crushing desire for her—loving a man like him can only cast a shadow over her own bright future.
John Steele has been banished from Boston and tarred with the label of a monster for his treatment of women. Now living in a smaller town his neighbours are reserving judgement until they know the full facts, especially one of the daughters, Margaret
John is an early form of what we would know these days as a gynaecologist but at the time is thought as nothing worse than abuser of women and a butcher if surgery is performed. He is in hiding because of his experiences in Boston and struggles to cope with life, especially as gossip travels fast and far. His isolation is disrupted by Margaret being determined to welcome him as a neighbour and it is thanks to her that he slowly starts to come out of his shell and become more self assured. I liked John as a character, he is a times hard to understand but I think this works so well, he is mysterious and hard to know which I think added to his appeal to me and made me love him as a character
Margaret dreams of being a doctor and throughout the book her determination shines through. She challenges the societal norms and pushes the boundaries of what is meant to be possible for a female in a way that shows her strength of character. She doesn’t judge people based on gossip but instead chooses to make her own assessments. She is kind and caring and would do anything for her family which made her a fabulous character
This book deals with some difficult subjects but also looks at the development of medicine and the people behind that. The characters work so well together and this along with many other things kept me reading
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy unconventional stories with a huge amount of character development which you will adore
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Colette Dixon writes steamy stories with heart and humor about slightly tortured people who learn how love can heal. For more years than she cares to admit, she worked in a hospital while dreaming up love story plots. A farm girl who landed in Chicago, she loves to eat (food made by others), drink tea, and sun herself at every chance she can get to survive the Midwest winter.
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