Audrey has come to Bourtree Castle, a Scottish island village, as a cover for the islands nurse, the doctor she works with is Cooper who grew up on Bourtree and doesn’t have the best memories of his time
Audrey is running away from her life in London, she caught her fiancée cheating on her and knew she needed to get away and Scotland seemed a good choice. I loved how Audrey developed throughout the book to become more self confident and her care for her patients came through so strongly. She manages to find the space and time she needs to think about what she really wants in life. Although the story comes from Audrey and Coopers points of view you could feel the love the islanders have for her coming through and how they welcome her into their community
Cooper also learns a lot about himself throughout the book and it allows his confidence to grow. He may have at times had a difficult past but the islanders accept him as their new doctor, although there are some teething problems on the way! I did struggle with Cooper at times, I think my main issue was his how much he kept bottled inside which affected him and made him at times a more difficult character to understand
I loved the setting of this book, a remote island off of Scotland where the lack of light pollution allows the Northern Lights to shine through which felt magical and made me adore it even more. I think part of the appeal is actually the islanders themselves, the brought the setting alive and made the story work so well
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a romance where the main characters have to overcome emotional adversity but in an amazing setting which will keep you turning the page
AM 🐾 x
A well written book that looks at the difficulties that people can face
Michelle and Jacob are trauma doctors both vying to be the head of the new trauma centre but both have their own secrets. Michelle is battling PTSD as a result of her overseas tours and Jacob has an autistic daughter that he needs to protect
I loved both Michelle and Jacob and their stories work so well together. He is the one who gets her to even consider therapy and she is the person who he isn’t sure he can live without (blurb extract not a spoiler!)
They are both so human and well written that you can feel the leaping off the page and you can see the intensity and drama that is the backdrop to their story. They both, but especially Michelle, develop so much in the story and the issue of mental health isn’t hidden but is instead treated respectfully and in an honest manner which I liked
Set in a busy trauma centre in Surrey the medical details flow and work so well but may not always be suitable if you don’t like a lot of detail in what has happened to people (uk readers think 24 hours in A&E)
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a well written medical romance with lots of drama and characters who are so real
AM 🐾 x
This book was interesting, looking into a world I didn’t know much about, that or reconstructive facial surgery and the innovations that have happened over time
Krysta is an incredibly bright surgeon and brilliant who dedicated her life to her research and her job but when she is on a teaching placement in Brazil she starts to see things in a different way. Krysta develops a lot over the course of the book and it’s good to see how she becomes more confident and happy within herself
Francisco almost hero worships Krysta and was desperate to get an introduction to her when she first came to Brazil. He is a dedicated surgeon with a playboy reputation but his fascination with Krysta makes him interesting and his perspective shows him becoming more natural as time goes by
I will admit that there was something I really struggled with with this book, I’m not quite sure what but I struggled to bond with the characters, however I have loved other books by this author so maybe I’m just having a bad day!
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a book which focuses on character development and the importance of being yourself with a fascinating medical background
AM 🐾 x
This story is about self discovery, self worth and what’s important in life
Kirri is a neonatal surgeon born without a womb who wants to dedicate her life to helping create an artificial womb that would be an extremely advanced incubator and support premature babies and mothers unable to carry their babies to term
Ty is the neonatal surgeon who invited Kirri to come over and use his research lab to further develop her artificial womb. He is also a widowed father with a young daughter who he wants to protect at all costs and he doesn’t want to spoil his memories with his wife Gemma.
I loved the interactions between Kirri and Ty and it was great to see how they developed as characters. You could feel them grow as people and for Kirri, understand that not all families are like hers
There is a lot of medical detail in this book so i would recommend it to people who enjoy medical focused romance with a glimpse into how medical research is done. Also those who enjoy huge character development and self discovery
AM 🐾 x
I absolutely loved this book! I was so engrossed that I managed to avoid travel sickness (a real issue lately) and nearly missed my station
Ester is an amazing character, she’s a dual trained nurse and midwife working in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She pushes through even when she isn’t feeling great and will fight for her little patients no matter what
Harry is a neonatal surgeon who is used to getting what he wants. He expects the best from himself and those around him and can be a bit sharp with people if he isn’t sure they are up to speed. He is also a Duke but he doesn’t overly act very upperclass or throw his money around
Ester tears strips off of Harry on his first day which is an amazing opening and which pulled me in so much that I was completely engrossed
This book looks at the value of families and how different people can have wildly different upbringings. There is also quite a bit of medical drama, some of which can be a bit graphic so if you hate that then it’s probably one to stay away from
I would recommend this brilliant book to those who enjoy a Cinderella type story with amazing characters and enough medical drama to keep you on your toes
AM 🐾 x
I found this book interesting with plenty of drama to keep the reader hooked and those who enjoy medical parts of the medical romance would love it!
I liked Faith, she would do anything to protect her daughter Chloe and to me that is so important. Both actual family and the friends and colleagues that we make and that almost become family had a well deserved high profile in this book from Faiths side which made her feel even more human as was her determination to protect her daughter from the potential of her father just flitting in and out of her life as he seems almost intent on doing at the beginning
Raimondo left Faith and Chloe before Chloe’s birth but now he’s back. There has been a lot of tragedy and heartbreak in his family and this is evident in the way he behaves and interacts with Chloe and Faith. I struggled to warm to Raimondo though as he came from a very rich family and it seemed like he didn’t think anything of spending a lot of money on Chloe which while nice is a bit excessive when I think time is more what she wants and needs
There was a good split of voices however I didn’t get as much insight into the characters thoughts and actions so this tempered my enjoyment a bit as I did struggle to bond with them even when the medical incidents pulled me in
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy medical romances and smaller community life with a story that flows and characters who will endear themselves to you
AM 🐾 x
A non traditional medical romance with a sinister undertone set in the Lake District this book caught my attention from the beginning and had me hooked way past bedtime!
Beth and Alex had a traumatic breakup 8years ago and the reason that pulled them apart is still there in the background but this Christmas a lost and possibly abandoned puppy appears and pulls them back together
I enjoyed reading this book and especially liked that fact that the lead characters were a doctor and a vet. Beth takes such good care of her patients and her dedication is something that I would love to have if Magic ever got sick
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a medical romance (be warned it has some pretty graphic medical bits in) with a twist which is slightly unconventional but will catch your attention!
AM 🐾 x
I’m totally in love with this story and it bought home to me what is actually important about Christmas! And as I was so hooked and read it in one go, it distracted me from the stollen bites which is kinda hard at the moment, I think I may be getting addicted…
Hollee and Clancy knew each other back when they were school kids, but Hollee married Jacob who was their friend. Jacob however was killed in combat before he and Hollee had it out about their relationship issues
It was clear from the start of chapter 1 that there was something between Hollee and Clancy that they had never got over and even though they had both changed it almost felt like there was something out there pulling them back together!
They bring the magic of Christmas with them when as part of a hospital relief type mission they volunteer in an area that was hit by floods and landslides then devastated by tornadoes. It was here that the magic of Christmas was displayed so much and it made me smile how they worked to get people involved!
I enjoyed the story and Hollee was a really good heroine, she is independent however she also knows what she wants, she is good at her job and clearly cares about her patients. I also enjoyed the medical side of things, based in the maternity ward Hollee doesn’t only see the things that go well and this book looked at those days when things weren’t so great on the ward which I found really good. So often it’s the things that go better that are focused on and in this case the harder cases are handled sensitively and with respect but weaved in in a way that makes the story really work and flow.
Clancy is good looking, charming and a doctor so almost my perfect guy! He is well written and his voice is confident but laced with his insecurities which makes it really work as otherwise he would be too perfect
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy medical romances which make you realise what Christmas is all about!
AM 🐾 x
Harmony has agreed to help her friend as a temporary nurse on a Scottish island. She had lost her grandmother in the year and wasn’t sure about spending the first Christmas without her, especially as her mum was going to Yorkshire to spend time with her new partner and his family and she didn’t want to be a third wheel! She is however lacking festive spirit. Oh and one thing I didn’t say, the island has a Christmas festival!
Cameron is the islands doctor, but also a bit of a daredevil adrenaline junkie, something Harmony isn’t sure about given her father who had a heart condition died whilst rock climbing and wanting to free climb
I enjoyed reading Harmony and Cam’s story, I could understand Harmony’s fears and could see why she did what she did. Her fears were almost too much for her and seeing if she can overcome them is a big part of the book.
Cam can’t understand Harmony’s fears, as she doesn’t tell him the reasoning behind it. I liked Cam, he cares about his community and the passion comes out from behind everything he does
I also adored the community on the island, it only had about 250 permanent residents but they all come together, especially for the Christmas festival. There are also some helpers along the way who make the story much more fun and interesting
I will say that there isn’t loads of medical scenarios, given that this a medical romance I was expecting a few more, but it does work well with the ones they have. Given the main focus is the community GP, the community focus is important, although I would have loved to find out more about some of the patients that they visit and their futures
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a romance with a festive feel and a strong community spirit
AM 🐾 x
Joe and his son Regan need to escape Scotland, his wife died 3 years ago and the past is everywhere he looks. His parents buy him and Regan plane tickets to Vietnam where Joe will be working as a doctor in a community hospital in Hanoi
He meets local doctor Lien, a Hanoi native, who grew up in one of the poorer areas. Lien has had people look down their noses at her because of where she came from and where her family still live, even though she would like for them to move!
Lien looks after Joe and Regan taking them to some of her favourite places in Vietnam, many of which I now want to visit as they were so fantastically described!
I liked Lien, her backstory made her feel more human and explained her motivations and how she behaved towards Joe, especially when he invited her to come to Scotland. He seemed to be oblivious to her feelings throughout most of the story however which made me really annoyed. He seemed to be quite self centered when it came to emotions and he doesn’t ask what is troubling her, it very much me, me, me. There were times when she felt more like an agony aunt that a doctor!
My favourite character is Regan, he accepts Lien for who she is, doesn’t care about her background and loves the stories of pirates and dragons that she tells instead of dads boring old usual ones. He misses his mum and Lien helps Joe to understand what might be affecting Regan and that his behavior is ok, Regan talks to stars because he thinks his mum is up there and that there is a special star for her
I’m not sure why but I struggled with this book, I did like the split of narrative (quite a favourite of mine if you have read my other reviews!) but something just didn’t gel in my head, maybe it was my annoyance with Joe!
I would recommend this book to those who enjoy a medical romance in an interesting location or who wants to travel the world from their armchair (like me!)
AM 🐾 x