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4 Stars Out Of 5
September 13, 2012
Solemn Oath was a perfect name for this book. Dr. Lucas Bower, because of a shortage of doctors, sleeps less each shift in the ER. As temporary director of Knolls Community Emergency Department at the hospital, his faith in God and his dedication to his patients proved he was worthy of the job. The overload of patients was becoming more than one doctor could deal with. "Cowboy" the town's lover of exotic animals, and "Buck", Knolls Community's main fireman's injuries only added to his burden of patients and drama. Dr. Mercy Richmond and her daughter play a large roll in Dr. Bower's life and only at the fire do they find out in what direction their relationship will go. There is heartbreak, laughter, suspense, and emergency situations most people never experience. Great characters!!!
"Solemn Oath" is a Christian medical suspense novel with some romance. This novel is the second in a series, but I could follow the story without having read the first book. However, it did spoil events in the first novel, so I'd recommend starting with "Sacred Trust."
The characters were interesting, complex, and acted realistically. The various characters dealt with real issues (like "office" politics, child abuse, alcoholism, the damage caused by gossip, children dealing with their parent's broken marriages, and more).
The details about small town life in the Ozarks were wonderfully accurate and brought the story alive in my imagination. The details about the job were plentiful as the action never seemed to stop in the ER. The technical terms were rarely explained, but I could still follow what was going on and the medical details didn't slow the fast pace.
Some of the main characters were Christians. The Christian characters' faith affected their decisions and everyday life, and the Christian elements felt like a natural part of the story. I also felt Christianity was portrayed in a realistic manner, from the struggles the Christians had to the reactions of the non-Christians. If you like faith as a major part of the novels you read, then you'll probably enjoy this novel.
There was no sex. There was a very minor amount of "he cussed" style bad language. Overall, I'd highly recommend this suspenseful, realistic novel.