Monday, August 8, 2016
Love's Faithful Promise
Imagine finally having your dreams at your fingertips, just waiting to grasp that brass ring and never looking back? That is precisely what has happened for Deirdre O' Leary as she prepares to enter a hospital finally as a practicing nursing student. Just as those bright doors to her future stand wide open, they begin to shut when she receives a phone call informing her that her mother has had a stroke. Her father has hope that she will come home to help in caring for her mother as no nurse truly can. How can one say No to that request, of course she will come.
Now all they need is the latest in medical therapies to ensure that her mother can gain the use of her body again and that will take more than a simple phone call to Dr. Matthew Clayborne. He refused to leave his current practice to help with Kathleen O'Leary's care on a temporary basis and now it seems that Deidre O'Leary has managed to wind up in his clinic in hopes of swaying him to change his mind. Only Deidre won't stoop to that level and instead convinces her Uncle Victor, who runs the clinic to allow her to shadow Dr. Clayborne so that she might learn his techniques so she can employ them when she leaves in a week. But Matthew knows that one can't simply learn enough in a week to make any kind of lasting impact. Yet when a call from his daughter Phoebe's nanny informing him of an emergency with his daughter, Deidre agrees to accompany him.
Dr. Matthew Clayborne is told that unless he can get Phoebe to a quiet place to recover she may never get well. It seems like God has bigger plans in store for him to head to Irish Meadow's the O'Leary's estate on Long Island where he has been assured Phoebe is more than welcome. Deidre will do whatever she can to help Phoebe while Matthew works with her mother. Seems like a perfect match made in heaven except that both of them have made silent vows to never marry and they both intend on fulfilling them despite how they may feel toward one another. Now all Deidre has to do is help get her mother well enough before she is forced to withdraw from school and need to start all over again.
I received Love's Faithful Promise by Susan Anne Mason compliments of Baker Publishing Group and Net Galley for my honest review. I did not receive any monetary compensation aside from an eBook copy of this book in exchange for my fair and unbiased opinion. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and despite not having read the previous novels in the series, I wasn't at a total loss in understanding the dynamics of the O'Leary family. I love the chemistry between Matthew and Deidre and how they try to hold back their feelings for the sake of not hurting the other if they don't feel the same, but deep down inside they fail to see that they both feel the same way, just neither one wanting to admit it. Back in the early 1900's it would be difficult for a woman to do so, but today that would not be an issue. Something to be said for changing times and traditions although I still miss that old-fashioned courting that took place. For me this one won a place in my heart with a solid 4.5 out of 5 stars.
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