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The Virgin Bride Mass Market Paperback – 1 October 2002
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- Publisher : Harlequin Books (Mm) (1 October 2002)
- Language : English
- Mass Market Paperback : 192 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0373122780
- ISBN-13 : 978-0373122783
- Dimensions : 11.43 x 1.27 x 17.78 cm
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Without some misunderstandings there would of course be none of the conflict necessary to create suspense. This time we have a very successful, sophisticated doctor who becomes disillusioned with his big city practice and his elegant but hard lover and doctor partner Adele. Her response to the unnecessary death of a young patient opens his eyes to her true nature and to how repugnant he finds the policies of their big city practice. Leaving his share to Adele Jason buys into a small practice in a tourist town whose medical needs have increased. Because he finds true contentment in Tindley, the 30 year old doctor decides to take a wife. Naturally as a handsome bachelor he has his pick of the eligible women but only one has actually caught his eye. While treating her dying aunt he had been very attracted not only to Emma's beauty but her kindness and honesty. Hearing she was saving herself for marriage despite having been engaged to the town Lothario Dean, Jason decides Emma would make a perfect country doctor's wife. Convincing her took a bit but she finally agrees to a marriage with someone she likes and respects even though she is convinced she will never stop loving Dean. Jason thinks he is okay with that because he feels similarly about Adele although lust rather than love better describes his feelings to his former lover. Luckily Emma is very passionate and the desire the engaged couple share makes it difficult to wait for their wedding night. All is proceeding well until Adele calls to tell Jason that his brother has been admitted to hospital in critical condition. Afraid that Emma will be jealous, he stupidly lies about the identity of the caller. While he is gone he calls Emma frequently and is sure all is well on the home front even though he is worried about the form Adele's vengeance will take after the way he had rejected her at his brother's sick bed. The couple overcome Adele's lying visit to Emma and reach the wedding day without further problems. When the bride arrives late Jason realizes he has fallen in love with her and becomes eaten with jealousy. Despite their wonderfully passionate honeymoon Jason is convinced Emma was thinking of Dean rather than himself when she confesses that Dean's last minute proposal had made her late to their ceremony. Despite Emma having chosen Jason over Dean, Jason's jealousy causes him to treat her selfishly. After she has enough and leaves him, Jason confronts Dean who has been making regular visits to Emma. Learning that Dean wants Emma for money Jason doesn't know she has not because he loves her, Jason sees red and hits Dean. While Jason is being treated for a dog bite Dean runs to Emma with his lying version of events which is how Jason finds them. Desperate to save the woman he loves from ruining her life he even confesses his own feelings. Convinced she doesn't believe him he offers her a divorce but announces he will be unable to remain in town without her at his side. Jason returns to his home in devastated tears where Emma finds him after ridding herself of Dean by telling him there is no money in her trust fund after which he couldn't leave fast enough. Despite his painful arm Jason makes love to Emma and she falls happily asleep. When he is not there when she wakes up, his absence makes her realize her own love for him. A recurring theme throughout the story is something his mother always told him, you can't have everything, but Jason is sure that with Emma's love and their life in Tindley he does have everything. The birth of their daughter Juliette, Emma donating much of her three million trust fund to charity, and his brother Jerry finding a happy life running the sweet shop for her are extras the author throws in to round out the story. Because Jason and his family are so obviously happy the people agree that he will stay in town permanently and remain their doctor so they announce the wager over about how long a city boy like him would last. They gladly pay their old doctor and new partner the winnings from their bet about the city doctor's tenure. A very satisfying and humorous conclusion to this sweet tale about the simple life and its benefits.