|Doctor to the Rescue by Cheryl Wyatt|
What a privilege to read Cheryl Wyatt's latest release for review!
Let's begin with the summary:
Combat doctor Ian Shupe returns home from overseas with his most important mission: to raise his little girl. But Ian's a single dad, and working at Eagle Point's trauma center means having to find child care. When bighearted, struggling lodge owner Bri Landis offers babysitting in exchange for construction work, Ian accepts. He vows to keep his emotional distance from Bri, yet can't deny that his daughter is blossoming under her tender care. But is he ready to believe that his heart's deepest prayer may finally be answered?
And now, my review:
I love the combination of military personnel (stateside, for now), medical care, family, and romance.
Poor Bri. She feels she has to do everything on her own. This community is about to prove her wrong. And Ian. Oh, he’s been betrayed and heartbroken by his ex-wife. His heart is dark and cold. He hides behind a grouchy exterior and avoids relationships. But his daughter needs a capable sitter. Bri is capable. And beautiful. And full of life—just what he needs to pull him back.
Cheryl’s prose is delicious. Her pacing kept me hooked, wondering if these two could get together. She brought in great symbolism as Ian accepted his daughter and loved her through her tantrums while she adjusted to change. (living with him after her mother abandoned her) Another symbolic element was Bri’s handicap (physically, a broken arm; socially, pride that kept her from asking for help), which was overcome by the generous community’s outpouring of assistance to help rebuild the lodge. That speaks to trusting God to meet our needs, even when we can’t lift “an arm” to help. This changed Bri. And Ian's heart was changed as he saw forgiveness at work in Bri.
A great book! I’ll be watching for book three in this series.