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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Doctor McBride by Lauri Robinson

Doctor McBride by Lauri Robinson
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Historical
Length: Short (42 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Orchid

Another McBride is about to go down.

Emma Binns knows what she wants, Doctor Jake McBride, and has decided it’s time for drastic measures to get him to the altar. However, there’s another woman, Abigail Christenson, who’s just as determined to become Mrs. McBride.

Jake McBride’s trouble started six years ago—after a night which included too many cups of spiked punch, when he’d kissed the daylights out of Emma Binns. Her father and six brothers witnessed the act, and swore him off Emma—forever. Can Jake take on the brood of men to claim the woman who haunts his dreams? Or will he die trying?

Emma Binns has been in love with Doctor Jake McBride since she was fourteen, but the man doesn’t seem to realize she exists as a woman. He’s polite when he speaks to her, but that’s as far as it goes. Emma wonders if he’s really in love with Abigail Christenson who makes no secret that she intends to make the young doctor her husband.

Jake can’t get Emma off his mind, but he is an honest young man. Emma’s father warned him to keep away from his daughter and he gave his word he would leave her alone. Now he wishes he could take those words back.

Emma tries to catch Jake’s interest by pretending to have a sprained ankle, but her treats her with the courtesy he always reserves for his patients. She has a real, but embarrassing, accident and while treating her Jake makes up his mind to tell her father he cannot keep his word any longer, he wants to offer for Emma’s hand.

This story has many twists and turns in its 42 pages. Emma is unsure of herself, even though she knows she loves Jake. Jake is too honest for his own good. And then there’s Emma’s father and six brothers lurking in the background.

I enjoyed this story. Jake and Emma may have been at odds because they mistook each others feelings, but they came across as sweet young lovers. Both are realistic of their daily lives in northeastern Kansas of the late nineteenth century, but they still haven’t grown the tough shells of their elders. There are also some amusing scenes which had me smiling. I like this light hearted approach to romance. I enjoyed this story and would love to read more from this author.