Donna’s back with our monthly Pink Heart Picks Book Club review – and the announcement of the selection for July!
Pink Heart Pick selection was from the Medicals line – The Surgeon’s Miracle by Caroline Anderson. It’s been a while since I read a Medical. Getting them in North America can be a challenge – ordering online is a possibility, but if you want to pick it up off the rack, you have to pay attention and check the Presents/Presents Extra line to see if they have released any that way. Every now and then you'll find them, but it's quite unreliable. I really wish they’d change that. Because Medical Romance works. There’s a lot of interest in medicine, and it comes with built in external and internal conflicts for the characters. Then you have sexy doctors, nurses, alternative practitioners… loads of great stuff to work with.
What I truly loved about this book though, and what really set it apart for me was the setting. I am such a sucker for English settings and a particular fondness for countryside and quiet, elegant estates. Andrew’s family home is magnificent, and Libby is awed by it – wonderful! And yet his parents are down to earth and welcoming (perfect!), his brother is refreshingly normal and there’s a dog. I’m already sold. Then there’s champagne and a birthday party and a ball. A gorgeous touch of glamour amidst all this down-to-earthness. Honestly, when Libby borrowed a jacket and a pair of wellies for them to go walking around the estate, I nearly swooned with delight. It had just about everything I like when I think of an idyllic English setting.
The hospital and the estate provide a fantastic backdrop to an emotionally charged story that had me wiping my eyes in a few places. Well done, Caroline, and you can bet I’ll be picking up another book of yours in the future. Thanks for such a great afternoon of reading!
Now – the heat’s on in July and I thought it might be a good time for a sizzling summer beach read. So July’s pick is BORN ON THE 4th OF JULY - a Harlequin BLAZE by Jill Shalvis, Rhonda Nelson and Karen Foley. I love anthologies and you put a guy with dog tags on the cover and I’m SO there.
We’ll meet back here on July 27th – synchronize your watches!