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THE DOCTOR’S COURAGEOUS BRIDE
DIANNE DRAKE
ISBN# 0-373-06550-7
April 2006
Harlequin Enterprises Limited
225 Duncan Mill Road, Don Mills, Ontario, Cananda M3B 3K9
Paperback
$4.25
187 Pages
Medical Romance
Rating: 4 Cups

Dr Solange Leandre is on a mission. She is determined to bring medical care to the rural reaches of the tropical island paradise of Kije. However, her small clinic is not equipped to perform certain procedures, so she walks into a fundraiser where Dr Paul Killian is working the room for funding for his hospital and approaches him. Though Solange is immediately drawn to the charismatic doctor, a past pain keeps her from acting on it.

Paul notices Solange right away when she enters the room because she is the only woman there not draped in silks and jewels, and does not give a damn! Immediately attracted to her dark beauty, he is even more ensnared when they begin talking and he discovers their goals are one and the same.

The more time Paul and Solange spend together, the deeper their feelings for each other grow. While Paul is willing to work towards relationship resolution, and the possibility of a lifetime commitment, Solange is still mired in her painful past. Unwilling to share that pain with Paul because she fears being rejected by him, she pushes him away, and in the process almost loses him. It is only when Paul refuses to allow her to continue to hide emotionally, and proves himself worthy of her secret, that these two begin to have the possibility of forever.

I truly relished this story. It was fraught with emotional pain as well as joy, and the love between Paul and Solange was palpable. Ms. Drake clearly knows her stuff with regards to the world of medicine, as the descriptions of medical conditions and treatments were obviously well researched. The secondary characters were realistic and, though mostly on the periphery, fit well into the story. This book is classic medical romance at its best.

Regina
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