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Monday, July 18, 2011

Prescription in Russia by Mona Risk

Prescription in Russia by Mona Risk
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary
Length: Full Length (264 pgs)
Heat Level: spicy
Rating: 3.5 books
Reviewed by Iris

Fyodor Vassilov is a Russian surgeon and an officer— Jillian Burton is an American pediatrician on a mission to improve medical conditions in Belarus. Jillian blames herself and her ex-husband for their son’s death—Duty demands Fyodor provides a mother to his four little boys. She has lost her illusions about men and marriage—He has to marry a woman who loves children and big family.

When they work together for six months in his hospital, their fascination with one another shocks them both. Can attraction and love overcome guilt, duty, and a clash of cultures?

In the spirit of full disclosure, I must admit, I am very happy with our author’s research for this story. Perhaps even a bit in awe. While I enjoyed reading the romance, I had absolutely no problem believing that Ms. Risk had either worked in the medical field or visited Minsk (or a similar area). What a joy for the reader to be able to experience!

This book has many of the things I am looking for in a good romance novel: a believable plot, a likeable hero and heroine, and is long enough to flesh out the story, and enjoy the characters before finishing the book. (We all like to keep our likeable heroes and heroines around for “just a little bit longer”, don’t we?!)

There was enough travel outside of the hospital setting to incorporate some of the local traditions and landmarks. This lent a bit of the exotic, and was fun reading about an area I know nothing about. (Again, full disclosure, I was looking for the author to use the few Russian words that I actually knew. I was not disappointed!)

The hospital scenes were a bit difficult for me, as the plot focused on how ill-equipped and poor this hospital was. Understandable, as this is the premise of the book (and the reason our heroine travels to Minsk) but still seemed repetitive. I did enjoy the head nurse and her attitude. “This is the way we have always done it, and just because you are new and a doctor doesn’t mean you get to change it” is her attitude throughout the book. No matter what profession you are in, there always seems to be a coworker with this attitude.

I am not a fan of the resolution of Jill’s issues with children, and marriage. It seemed a bit too neat and tied up in a bow and all in one instant for my tastes. It did, however, give the story an almost inspirational “feel-good” ending. It seemed more than the “happily ever after” that is common in romances, but left this reader beliving the hero and heroine are able to settle down and get to the business of living the rest of their life.

A nice book for a long weekend! Be sure to pick it up!