of customers would recommend this product to a friend.
Nancy LilleyBuffalo,Mo.Age: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Great SeriesDecember 5, 2013Nancy LilleyBuffalo,Mo.Age: Over 65Gender: femaleI love the books that come in series as never want the story to end they were all excellent thanks
Daws1996VirginiaAge: 35-44Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Great laughsAugust 8, 2013Daws1996VirginiaAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4A good story, intelligent banter that had me giggling, a touch of suspense, and a woman determined to use the talent God gave her in spite of other's opinions. That Certain Spark by Cathy Marie Hake has quite a lot to offer for readers who love historical fiction or romantic comedies.
"Heard a bunch of knotheads traded lead at the Nugget," Velma said as she entered the house. "Reckon we're gonna have to patch you boys up outta the goodness of our hearts because you're just too plain stupid to stay out of trouble." (page 196)
Gooding, Texas, is looking to hire both a doctor and a veterinarian, and they find both in twins Enoch and Taylor Bestman. The problem: they failed to read the part that clearly states Taylor is a woman, and in 1892, that is still largely unacceptable.
What I Liked
The banter between Taylor and Karl, one of the town's smithies, is often laugh-out-loud funny. Each make good points against the other, but the debates carry on, usually with each giving in to the other just slightly.
The pace was good, as was the timing. A couple of the transformations seemed a little rushed near the end, but overall things seemed to happen as they naturally would. Some people conceded to the new doctor easily enough, others struggled a bit, and still others struggled tremendously. But things came to a good resolution within three months, the length of the books. Not everyone came to the good doctor's side, which is appropriate given human nature.
The scenes seemed realistic for the time period and location, and she did a good job of aiding in enough medical details to make the story realistic without overwhelming the reader with too much gore.
What I Didn't Like - SPOILER ALERT
The main bad guy didn't sit well with me. He never showed himself within the story, and even though he'd previously been run out of town, I found it difficult to believe that he apparently came to town more than once during the story.
A couple of times, I got lost in who people were. I couldn't remember if they'd been introduced before or who they were in relation to the town. Once or twice I also got lost in who was speaking. This surprised me as I don't remember having this problem in others books of Ms. Hake's that I've read.
The Bottom Line - 4 stars
This book was an enjoyable read, and even with my minor issue with the bad guy, I thoroughly enjoyed the story. If you enjoy historical romances with some great laughter moments, then I recommend giving this book a try.
love2readAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5I absolutely loved itJune 27, 2013love2readAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5A good read! A good laugh! A good story!
I loved this book as much as I did the first ones of the same series. Couldn't wait to get started and never regretted buying nor reading it.
TinaWMesa, AZAge: 45-54Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Twin Doctors! Strong Men! Adventure! Of Course!July 29, 2011TinaWMesa, AZAge: 45-54Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5What a great ride to Gooding Texas with twin doctors! Enoch (male) and Taylor (female) - one a vet and the other treats people - guess you can't guess who treats who! Yes, and that is just the beginning of this delightful journey! The battle is not just being a woman doctor in a man's world.. but about building trust and relationships in a new town.
But there is even more adventure with Cathy Marie Hake's writing - the plot thickens and adventure (and romance) builds. The who-done-it has a surprising end. The characters that develop in Karl and Piet are wonderfully crafted and my favorite!
Another successful heart-healing book that delves into how to belong in a world that doesn't seem to want you though they need you! You will find a great adventure and that you belong in Gooding, Texas!
JamochaWaynesboro, PAAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5August 17, 2010JamochaWaynesboro, PAAge: 25-34Gender: femaleWow! I just finished That Certain Spark, and I enjoyed it. I found the story of Dr. Taylor Bestman interesting and enthralling and well worth the read. However, sometimes I wanted to knock a few heads together because some of the characters in the book were rather small-minded in their thinking about a female physician. I certainly enjoy returning to Gooding, Texas, which each new character Hake brings there. The women who lead the stories are friendly, smart, caring, fierce, and well-written. Taylor is no exception. As the twin sister of a veternarian brother, Taylor has come to Gooding to fulfill a four-year contract as the town doctor. She is well-trained, full of wisdom, ingenious, compassionate, and prepared. She has a calling on her life in the field of medicine and takes her oath very seriously. There are those in Gooding, particularly men, who would have her ridden out of town on a rail simply because she's a woman and can have no actual ability as a doctor. The story has some twists and turns, some romance, some tears, some cheers, and a message of redemption. I highly recommend this latest Gooding novel.