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Quality of Care

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  159 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Clara Raymond is the kind of obstetrician any woman would want-caring, skilled, dedicated. But she is caught off guard when a pregnant woman is wheeled onto the labor and delivery floor with what seem to be minor complaints. The patient turns out to be Lydia Benson, a childhood friend who once saved Clara's life after a terrible horseback-riding accident. And at Lydia's ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published March 1st 2005 by NAL Trade
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Maudeen Wachsmith
Jun 27, 2007 Maudeen Wachsmith rated it it was amazing
I like these NAL Accent books. They're trade paperback size and on the bottom it says "Fiction for the Way We Live" - Other authors in this line include a favorite of mine, Lisa Wingate; and several books I have in my TBR pile. I even like the feel of this book. The smooth pages, the size. I also like the conversation guide in the back which includes an interview with the author as well as a discussion guide. I do admit to sometimes reading the conversation guide before the book, allowing for ...more
May 30, 2015 Jan rated it really liked it
Clara, a highly skilled and caring obstetrician is caught off guard when a pregnant woman comes into the ER with minor complaints. That woman turns out to be a childhood friend who just so happened to marry Clara's ex-boyfriend. Everything that could go wrong does and Clara finds herself in California with her surgeon's privileges suspended and in the house of someone who has answers to questions in Clara's past.
May 23, 2008 Mich rated it really liked it
ob dr takes over care of pt who she knows, while pt is in labor, woman dies and what happens next.
not BAD from an ob point, but i didnt like the 'horse' stuff included
Nov 04, 2007 Hayseed rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: medical stories
A quick read, if you like medical stories and mishaps, it is interesting.
Apr 08, 2009 Louise rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
For a debut novel this was a deeply touching story. Tragedy, uncertainty, pondering, and healing are the most striking issues that come from this exquisitely written novel. I'll definitely be watching for further Elizabeth Letts novels.

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"Clara Raymond is the kind of obstetrician any woman would want-caring, skilled, dedicated. But she is caught off guard when a pregnant woman is wheeled onto the labor and delivery floor with what seem to be minor complications. The patient turns o
Nov 17, 2010 Nikki rated it really liked it
One night, an obstetrician gets a surprise patient -- a childhood friend who once saved her life. Things go horribly wrong. The complication? The childhood friend is married to the obstetrician's former lover. Did the OB do all she could? Doubts assail her from within and without, and she escapes to her childhood home in California, where (under somewhat false pretenses) she finds work as a stablehand. During this time she learns much about herself and her own past. I was afraid this was going ...more
Aug 21, 2011 Karen rated it liked it
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Karen Jett
Mar 17, 2011 Karen Jett rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. On the surface, it's the story of an obstetrician who experiences a traumatic birth where the mother dies. On a deeper level, it's the story of a woman who has never dealt with her past, choosing instead to close the door and pretend it has no relevance.

All of us are impacted in our lives by many other people. Frequently we are unaware of how they were a part of our life, and sometimes even that they touched it. This story explores these relationships.

It's a great sto
Jul 11, 2012 Erika rated it liked it
This book was given to me and I thought I would give it a chance. It had a good story, although predictable. I am very glad I read it after I had our children, it has a lot of obstetrics and a very bad and tragic many things went wrong with pregnancies and deliveries--it was tough to read. I would maybe give it 3.5? Lots of people confronting their pasts, past secrets, identities were surprising, certainly a formula I have read before.
Bev Sykes
Jul 27, 2008 Bev Sykes rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I read this book because I know Elizabeth, who was a midwife in the clinic I managed for a couple of years. The book is about a nurse midwife who goes back to re-examine her past, but it was fun trying to pick out who each character might represent. It was a good story. Not a great story, but it held my interest. An easy-reading book.
Aug 17, 2008 April rated it liked it
On paper this book sounded great... it's a medical novel with an OB concentration, there are horses in it (which I love) but it was just okay. The writing was definitely not amazing. A review on the back cover said "A good read" and I remember thinking that that isn't what you'd call a rave review, is it?
Caren Nelson
May 06, 2009 Caren Nelson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked this book. It is more about horses actually than babies, but it did keep my interest because it switches between now and the past so I kept reading in order it find out "we" got to where we were.
May 14, 2012 Erica rated it liked it
While the story line was good, there were parts of the plot that were a just a little "too much" for me. I mean, really.... a huge brush fire and a woman going into labor all at the same time?? But the rest of the story, the characters and the main themes were very well written.
Allen Steele
Aug 20, 2013 Allen Steele rated it it was ok
Clara and Lydia were best friends in school, however they had lost touch. Clara becomes a doctor and come to her old friend for pre-natal care. Who coincendentally is expecting a baby with Clara's old flame..
Good medical descriptions here, but not very entertaining.
Pamela Reed
Oct 07, 2013 Pamela Reed rated it liked it
Interesting but found myself skimming at times as wasn't always holding my attention....but still a good story...
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A quick read with some fun twists, this is one you don't want to put down.
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ELIZABETH LETTS is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Eighty-Dollar Champion, winner of the 2012 Daniel P Lenehan Award for Media Excellence from the United States Equestrian Foundation. She is also the author of two novels, Quality of Care and Family Planning, and an award-winning children's book, The Butter Man. She majored in history at Yale, where she studied creative writing with ...more
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