Sunday, February 15, 2015
One More Second Chance by Jana Richards
Dr. Alex Campbell has an agenda—finish his contract to provide medical services in Maine, pay off his medical school debt, and head back to his real life in San Diego. But when he meets Julia, all his carefully laid plans are put in jeopardy.
Julia Stewart, Lobster Cove’s high school principal, swears she’ll never let another man drag her away from the home she loves. Her aging parents need her, and the Cove is where she wants to raise her daughter. When her mother’s illness brings her and the big city doctor closer together, panic sets in. Her marriage taught her men don’t stay.
Can she put aside the heartaches of the past and trust Alex enough to accept the love he’s offering? Or will her fear of abandonment mean she’ll send him away forever?
Review by Rochelle Weber:
When Julia Stewart’s daughter, Ava, falls down her parents’ basement stairs, and her father refuses to meet her at the ER, she wonders what’s wrong. Things seem even stranger when her mother is too distraught to face her. Then, Alex Campbell, the hot, new doctor on duty in the ER suggests Ava may be the victim of child abuse. Julia’s somewhat mollified when she gets home with Ava and calms down. As an educator, she’s called Child Services a few times herself and she has to admit, in Dr, Campbell’s shoes, she may have made the same decision.
Lobster Cove is a small town, and it’s impossible to avoid Dr. Campbell—especially since he lives next door to her parents and finds her mother on his porch in her nightgown at three a.m. looking for her friend who lived there several years ago. Does her mother have Alzheimer’s Disease? Convincing her father to take her mother to a neurologist for the definitive tests is almost as difficult as convincing the conservatives on the School Board to allow her to set up a day care facility so teenage mothers can continue their education. Julia finds herself fighting battles on several fronts—with Alex Campbell by her side in all of them. And worse, Ava loves him. But Dr. Alex is from San Diego, and he’s made it clear he wants to head back to his nice, warm So Cal climate as soon as his contract is up. Men leave. Her husband left and Dr. Alex is planning to leave as well. Julia can’t let herself or Ava get involved with him.
Alex, meanwhile struggles with his feelings for Julia and Ava, and his desire to escape the horrible climate in Lobster Cove, even while warming to the town and its residents. He finds himself practicing family medicine as well as emergency medicine and finds he enjoys treating the whole person—diagnosing a problem, prescribing treatment and watching the patient improve, or seeing the community come together to support a family when it’s clear the patient won’t improve. That’s something he never encountered in the ER in San Diego, and he finds himself liking it.
I really enjoyed this contemporary romance. It wasn’t as funny as the other book I read by Ms. Richards. It addressed much more serious issues—Alzheimers Disease and how it affects both the victim and her family, a patient with mysteriously recurring urinary tract infections, the importance of catching breast cancer early, teenage pregnancy, the importance of sex education in school, the damage a lazy teacher can cause to his students, and the toll exhaustion can take on an ER doctor. The characters were real, three-dimensional people who spoke naturally. No stilted dialog! Yea! Ava actually sounded like a five year-old. Despite the serious issues, the book was warm, witty, and entertaining. I highly recommend One More Second Chance.
Length: 255 Pages
Buy Link: http://www.wildrosepublishing.com/maincatalog_v151/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=195&products_id=6065
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