The first book taking place in Whispering Oaks, California and focusing on one of the Grady siblings is filled with real-life drama and a full range of emotions. Lynne Marshall has written a wonderful story for her Harlequin Special Edition debut, where the reader becomes totally drawn into the lives of the spirited characters.
When her parents are involved in an accident, Anne Grady takes a leave of absence from her work as a clinic nurse and comes to help with their special needs at home. Shortly after arriving home, she has a chance meeting at the hospital with Jack Lightfoot, a man she has not seen in over twelve years. Anne and he were in high school together, and he started dating her best friend after she introduced them to each other. This left her secretly wanting him for herself, and then experiencing guilty feelings because of what happened to her friend. She may have returned to her hometown, but there is no way she is going to let Jack back into her life as more than a friend.
From the moment Jack encounters Anne again, he wants to see if the feelings shared in high school are still alive and can be revived. He knows there are numerous past concerns for them to overcome before their relationship can development into something more lasting, but he is willing to give it his all for a chance to be with her.
Emotions are in abundance all throughout Lynne Marshallâ€™s compelling story. While feelings are sometimes conveyed with anguish because of inner guilt and other situations are brimming with pleasurable joy, there is never an instant in COURTING HIS FAVORITE NURSE when every single scene does not come across as absolutely true-to-life. The second chance at love theme in this story is skillfully depicted, as one incident after another throws together two individuals who were once very close friends but a tragedy drove them apart. With so much time having gone by, Anne believes there is no hope for a relationship with Jack. However, he is not ready to give up and grabs any opportunity to be with the woman who still means much to him. Ms. Marshall takes Jack and Anne through quite a few ups and downs, as memories are recalled and long-held dreams are still greatly desired. Their intimate responses to each other are expressed with sincerity and much caring, thus proving how they really feel with actions if not words. The past and present lives of this couple are strongly entwined, and their futures are intensely influenced by whether they listen to the minds or their hearts. Plenty of everyday activities associated with taking care of someone make the story more genuine, and there are even several scenes where humor is portrayed and had me chuckling. The Return to Whispering Oaks trilogy will have two more stories, and I am definitely eager to see what else happens when the other two Grady siblings return home. COURTING HIS FAVORITE NURSE is a deeply affecting romance about love and emotional healing.