The Doctor's Redemption
Book 3, Shadow Creek, Montana
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Gwen Bailey has been busy taking care of everyone but herself. After a tragedy tore her family apart, she put her dreams aside to be with family. Now that her life is getting back on track, and her new Chocolaterie is open, she can concentrate on snagging the handsome, mysterious customer who has her dreaming about her own happily-ever-after...
Doctor Luke Thomson has spent the last five years filled with guilt. He hopes to make amends in Shadow Creek, however he doesn't count on falling for the adorable and gorgeous Gwen Bailey. He vows to not get involved with her, but she's too sweet to resist. It's only a matter of time, though, before the truth comes out. Luke knows there's no way Gwen will look at him the same way once she discovers his secret...
The Shadow Creek Montana series is best read in order.
Book #1: Christmas with the Sheriff
Book #2: The Baby Bombshell
Book #3: The Doctor's Redemption
Loved, loved, loved!! Victoria James once again wrote a story that pulls all my emotional strings and grabs me by the heart.
The Bailey's continue to show us what a family should look like and what a little love and kindness can bring to our lives. After a tragic loss of two members of the family they have each had to work through their grief and learn to live and love again. Gwen Bailey was the one trying to take care of everyone. Now that everyone seems to be doing well it's time for Gwen to go after her dreams. One is her chocolate shop - check. The other - get the attention of the regular early morning customer. Dr. Luke Thompson aka TMM or The Muffin Man, comes to the chocolate shop every morning working up the nerve to introduce himself to Gwen. His original goal was to offer an apology but after getting to know Gwen what he wants is so much more but how could he ever ask her for that?
This is one for the must read list. I highly recommend it.
A feel-good story that made me smile!
A feel-good story that made me smile!
I was pulled in immediately by this one. Luke just happened to find himself attracted to Gwen. Super! But, Gwen also happens to be a member of the family he wants to make amends to. But Luke had zero idea about that until one fine day. Needless to say, this created some tension and I couldn't wait to see what happened at Luke's "big reveal."
This book treated me to some laugh-out-loud moments. Gwen is a pistol, and I loved the things she would say!
Thanks to Gwen, I was also treated to some inspirational "girl power" moments related to body image pursuing your own happiness. Never hurts to have those topics reinforced!
I met the whole cast of characters from the series so far (I think), and I am VERY interested in doubling back and reading their stories too.
All in all, in spite of the somber premise, this book was beautifully written and left me with a smile!
(I received a copy of this book in consideration of an honest review)
A tragic, sweet, and sensual romance with amazing characters, and all the feels...
The Doctor’s Redemption
By: Victoria James
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Star Review by Kristie K
Victoria James delivers a tragic, sweet, and sensual romance with amazing characters, and all the feels…
Five years ago, a tragic accident changed the lives of two families and started a lifetime of guilt and self-loathing for one man. Doctor Luke Thomas heads to the small town of Shadow Creek, Montana in the hopes of making amends. A broken man, trying to make a difference in the world, Luke keeps to himself and holds his pain close to his heart and deep in his soul. The only small happiness he allows himself is his daily visit to the Chocolaterie, where he gets a muffin and a coffee and sits at a table to read his paper…alone. He doesn’t speak to anyone, he just sits and eats, pretends to read, and absorbs as much of the beauty and warmth that he can from the gorgeous woman that owns and runs the small bakery. Luke refuses to allow himself to take anymore from this amazing woman for himself…he doesn’t deserve it. Gwen Bailey lives for her family, and has for the last five years. Now that their lives seem to be moving on, and happiness has replaced the devastation, Gwen can finally live for herself. Making the decision to seize the day, regardless of her dress size, Gwen decides it’s time to go after what she wants…and sweet, loving, kind, and generous Gwen wants the handsome stranger that she watches every morning as he ignores everyone while eating his muffin, drinking his coffee, and reading his paper. He’s determined to keep his distance, she’s determined to close the gap…as he starts to give in to her stubborn determination, a secret is revealed that may destroy them both.
Oh Ms. James, how you move me… The Doctor’s Redemption both warmed and shattered my heart. The tale of a how a tragedy can both destroy, and strengthen a person, a family, a life…and change the ability to love. I was drawn into this story by the beautiful cover that made me smile, and my heart warm. And the blurb that both captivated and intrigued me. In this day and age, a story of tragedy is nothing new…but the show of strength, heart, love, redemption, and forgiveness is exactly what our world needs. Luke absolutely captured my heart. The broken devastation, and his absolute conviction that he didn’t deserve to be loved…it shredded my heart. His pain and self-loathing were palpable. Now, Gwen…she was a beacon. A beacon of love, light, strength, and survival. The pillar of strength when her family fell apart under impossible circumstances, she helped keep them together. Her insecurities, and shaky understanding of how to take her life back, to be her own woman again, created a visceral response in me. It was so real, so authentic, so gut-wrenchingly pure. It hit me hard, and I loved that she was strong enough to overcome it. Ms. James has developed characters that speak to you, make you feel, and make you smile. The storyline and plot were well conceived, touching, and very well executed. I will confess that I felt a bit of confusion and disappointment at times, as the story seemed to jump or skip. Minor issues, but I noticed it, and sometimes things seemed to go a bit fast…much faster than the rest of the story. The book as a whole was fantastic, and definitely something that will stay with me for a long time. Ms. James, you have moved me indeed…
- Category: Romance
- Published: May 22, 2017
- Publisher: Entangled Publishing, LLC
- Seller: Macmillan / Holtzbrinck Publishers, LLC
- Print Length: 150 Pages
- Language: English
- Series: Book 3, Shadow Creek, Montana