Reviewed by Dee
AUTHOR: K’Anne Meinel
PUBLISHER: Shadoe Publishing
LENGTH: 323 pages
RELEASE DATE: April 27, 2016
A brilliant child protégée, she dreams of becoming a doctor and a surgeon…and accomplishes her goals. Unfortunately, her youth and round, child-like face work against her. No matter how skilled she becomes, how knowledgeable, the old school, male-dominated medical hierarchy wants to keep her in ‘her place.’
Deanna has worked hard to become an expert in her chosen field, but few believe this ‘child’ capable. Specializing in infectious diseases, she travels the world—from the States to Europe to South America—honing her skills before winding up in Africa where her skills are desperately needed.
Meeting a nurse by the name of Madison MacGregor, she finds they share an insatiable curiosity and a love of helping others, but falling in love was not what she intended. Later, when she loses Maddie to a misunderstanding, she is haunted by the one that got away…
Ten years have passed and both the doctor and nurse have moved on with their lives, but fate intervenes when they find themselves working at the same hospital. Their friendship is revived…can their love be rekindled? Will the past haunt them or bring them closer? Will the secrets that both harbor keep them from realizing a future together?
This story is different than I expected. Not that I’m entirely sure what I expected. The synopsis suggests this is Deanna’s story. However, it begins with Madison and her family, her husband dropping off her two young children. They are amicable for the kid’s sake, but by the end of the story he has a head transplant and becomes a violent man with a restraining order slapped against him.
A few chapters in, the story rewinds ten-years and there are pages upon pages of Deanna and Maddie’s time in Africa. As per the title suggests, there’s a lot of medical talk, complete with maggot therapy, a girl with a tape worm in her gut, and talk of guinea worms crawling out of a person’s skin. EKE!
Fast forward to the middle of the story and we jump forward ten years, when the ladies cross paths again. The story goes in many directions, some that bored me to tears and did little to advance the plot, the trip to the lake for one. Deanna is rich and wants to take care of Madison. The biggest obstacles they have to overcome are Madison’s fear of coming out as a lesbian, and Deanna being technologically challenged and unable to keep in contact via mobile phone/texting. The one and the same genius who graduated at the age of fourteen and manages a business, can’t figure out how to use a mobile phone? Hell, my grandmother knows how to send text messages.
Numerous times I became confused who was saying what, as the story is told from everyone’s point of view. Every time a new character enters a room, or conversation, the reader is thrown from one head to another and back again… it made my head hurt. This type of narration totally throws me out as a reader. At one stage the cat even got a say, I quote “Spot wanted nothing to do with it and left the humans to this disgraceful display of behavior that didn’t befit his dignity!”
The overuse of adverbs and ridiculous dialogue tags frustrated me to no end… she said importantly, she said musingly, he began whiningly. And the killer – “Shit!” Deanna ejaculated under her breath. I have no clue what that even means, no sex was involved. Speaking of such, the story contains some explicit sex, something I normally love, but…*shrugs*
When I become frustrated with a book, the smallest of things become annoying, so I will stop with my negative comments. The story had potential but the writing style drove me to distraction.
As the story stands, I cannot recommend it. However, the story has a number of 5 star reviews, so I urge potential readers to check those out. We all know not every book can be for everyone.