Lauren Bates hasn't visited her grandfather in Illinois for five years, but she's back now, determined to make the most of a two-month vacation to connect with her only family member.
For his part, Lem is about to turn 70 and he's terrified as it's the exact age his dad and other have died. In Lauren's absence, he's become dependent on a young doctor whom he mentored as a teen.
Lauren isn't impressed by how close Mitch Wellington and her grandfather seem to be. Guilt assails her that it's her fault for staying away, even while she knows it's good Lem has had someone looking out for him. But she's home now, so Mitch should back off, not only in their personal life, but in his focus on getting her to go back to nursing, a dream she gave up shortly after certification when someone died in her care.
Mitch and his military teammates are launched into their new trauma center's first tragedy during the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Lauren is too much nurse to turn Mitch down when the facility is obviously not yet fully staffed, but her heart is conflicted between love and dread for nursing-and love (?) and annoyance with the young doctor.
Not usually a fan of doctor/nurse romances, I'm happy to make an exception for Cheryl Wyatt, whose novels are full of great characterization, snappy dialogue, and succinct internal thoughts. This combo makes Cheryl one of my favorite authors, and I loved The Doctor's Devotion just as much as I expected to.
I have been waiting for Cheryl to come back to writing and am not disappointed in her latest series! Her characters are believable, interesting and deal with real life issues. Lauren and Mitch and her secondary characters all make you want to drive out to Eagle's Point and visit! You are glad there are medical personnel like them and yet they are human and deal with real life problems and challenges like the rest of us. We truly root for Lauren and Mitch to overcome their trials and get together in the end! Thanks, Cheryl for a great read and we can't wait for the next book in the series!
A hefty loan for a startup sewing business chains former nurse Lauren Bates to Texas, far from the grandfather who raised her. On a break before her new business officially opens, Lauren visits and finds her grandfather's once undivided attention riveted on someone else. Dr. Mitch Wellington. Her grandfather even calls Mitch "son." With so little time before she must head back to Texas, Lauren doesn't intend to share her grandfather's time or love, if she can help it. But, Mitch loves her grandfather, too, and shows his devotion by tackling a long to-do list and buying groceries. Soon, Lauren longs for faith, and Mitch, to be a permanent part of her life, too.
Jealousy is an ugly emotion, but the author crafts it into a powerful tool of conflict between Lauren and Mitch, taking us on their journey from jealousy to love in believable steps. The beautiful imagery Ms. Wyatt paints makes me long to visit Illinois again with fresh eyes. You'll enjoy so many great aspects in The Doctor's Devotion~from the cover to the plot and the totally sweet ending. Don't miss it!
Disclosure: I received this book from the author for a fair and honest review.
Lauren Bates and Mitch Wellington have a lot in common to say the very least, besides the fact they both care deeply for Lem, Lauren's grandfather. Since Lauren has been living in Texas, Mitch has been taking care of the 70-year old since Lauren is the only family remaining to help. Mitch has kinda taken on the role of grandson to Lem and helps him out with whatever needs fixing on his ranch. Since Mitch has lost both of her parents and has no other family, Lem has become one for him as well.
Lauren is still running from her past as well. Finally becoming a nurse, she loses her faith and her self confidence when a patient she tries to save, suddenly dies. For Lauren it's more than she can handle and decides to put her nursing into an early retirement. Since losing her parents to carbon monoxide poisoning when she was young, she took up nursing as a way to help save lives but feels perhaps it isn't her true calling after all. So taking a brief time out from jobs, she heads back to Illinois to spend some time with her grandpa, only it seems that Mitch has replaced her in her grandfather's life.
When they arrive at a ribbon cutting ceremony shortly after picking her up at the airport for the new trauma center in Eagle Point, they are all suddenly pulled into action when a three car accident caused by a texting teenager puts the trauma center into use. Being short-handed since it's not suppose to officially be open yet, Mitch turns to Lauren's training to lend a hand with 4 trauma helicopters arriving. She has no other option but to jump in and lend a hand, but soon it will prove to Lauren that perhaps God really does have plans for her and nursing after all. It just perhaps wasn't a call in Texas.
In the Love Inspired Series by Cheryl Wyatt, The Doctor's Devotion takes the reader on a journey into losing your faith and trying hard to reconcile with your past and learn to forgive yourself when you can't control things that happen around you. We get to see the flaws in the characters of Mitch and Lauren, who both have undergone huge traumatic events and the paths the each of them have taken to come face to face with their faith. Mitch leans heavily on his while Lauren pushes hers away. What happens in this novel is a great story that I can't wait to share with my readers and the perfect summer read.
I received this book compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and have to say, I was hooked as I usually am by most medical romance stories. Those always seem to capture my heart and soul as I believe I missed my medical calling to be a trauma doctor and still have the hopeful romantic at heart as well! I rate this one easily a head over heels 5 out of 5 stars and can't wait to pick up more by Cheryl Wyatt in the future.
Mitch is a man on a mission to save as many lives as possible. He is a caring soul - spends each morning with Lem - the man who took him under his wing when his Father passed away, and he is opening a Trauma Center so accident victims have a chance at recovery - a chance his father never had. He is also harboring pain - pain from a Dear John letter from someone he thought he would spend the rest of his life with, unfortunately when their units were separated during deployment she found someone else.
Lauren is Lem's Granddaughter; she is his closest living relative. She is visiting for the summer from Texas - far from the small town of Eagle Point in southern Illinois. It has been a long time since her last visit and the guilt weighs on her, Gramps looks different and he seems to be convinced that he does not have long on this earth past his 70th birthday. The fear of being alone is deep in Lauren, her parents died when she was young and she spent the summers of her youth with Lem but was moved from family member to family member the rest of the year. Lauren is a nurse, but has left the profession after an incident where a patient died, she was not at fault but her confidence is shaken.
The Trauma center is forced into service before it is officially open or fully staffed. Mitch implores Lauren into service and finds she has a real gift. He desperately wants Lauren to become part of his team - however Lauren is trying to keep her distance from Mitch. She doesn't want to be close to the man who is trying to take her place in her Gramps life. They both know how important immediate care in the time of an emergency is - can they work together for the summer - or maybe longer?
Eagle Point is a small town not far from Refuge where Cheryl Wyatt's Wing of Refuge Series took place. Close enough that the PJs can come help with emergencies or enjoy a barbecue. (Yes we meet up with a few characters from Wings of Refuge in Doctor's Devotion!) It is full of new and interesting characters Cheryl Wyatt is known for. Cheryl's descriptions of events bring them to vivid color in my mind. I can see the Trauma Center complete with the camouflaged ribbon at the opening ceremony. Her characters have honest conversations, and deal with real emotions. Lauren does not hide her jealously over Lem and Mitch's relationship - and Mitch does not change that relationship just to make Lauren happy. The supporting characters have wonderful personalities and issues of their own. Ian is dealing with the feelings of failure over his impending divorce and lashes out at Mitch when he feels his friend is not being honest. And thru all of this they turn to God for help; using prayer, prayer that comes from the heart. They are real people I can't wait to spend more time with! Doctor's Devotion is the first of a series of books centered around the Eagle Point Trauma Center - I look forward to read more about Mitch and Lauren, while reading the stories of the other members of Mitch's team.
A copy of Doctor's Devotion was given to me in exchange for an honest review. Once it is released I will be buying some more copies to give to friends and share this wonderful story.