I love the Warriner brothers! This is the third brother’s (Joe) story and it is wonderful. Joe is now a doctor and has set up his office, and home, in the town closest to his family’s estate. Due to his deceased father’s and grandfather’s actions most of the town does not like his family. The old town doctor especially hates Joe as he has more modern medical ideas after training in Edinburgh. Joe treats anyone who needs it, even if his pay is a chicken.
Recently, an Earl and his family have rented a house in the area for the summer. Joe is attracted to the daughters. Lady Clarissa is beautiful, but he is curious about the shy Lady Isabella. The family thought being out of London may help Bella over her fear and shyness with men caused by an incident in London. Bella works at the foundling home two days a week reading to the children and helping in the infirmary. Bella is very interested in medicine and reads medical books, but women can’t be doctors.
While Joe was attending a difficult birth, Bella tended a sick child at the foundling home. Joe discovered her later that night still sitting with the child, whose fever was down thanks to her. He was very impressed and later gave her a stethoscope. She was thrilled. When smallpox was found in a nearby town, Joe sent his brother Jake to buy cowpox vaccine from Dr. Jenner, the inventor of the vaccine. Of course, the older doctor thinks vaccinations are a waste of time and dangerous. Bella volunteers to receive the first vaccine and she has the best answers for the questions thrown at her. Then the older doctor did something despicable.
I won’t spoil the rest of this heart wrenching wonderful book. And there is a lot more than I’ve mentioned. Each brother’s book in this series can be read on its own. I highly recommend this series and this author.
- Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Harlequin Historical; Original edition (16 January 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1335522611
- ISBN-13: 978-1335522610
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.7 x 16.7 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 136 g
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