Leah didn’t plan to still be searching for love so late in her twenties. Her looks almost guaranteed her success with the opposite sex, but quantity doesn’t mean quality. Good thing she’s got a great career to fall back on. The only dark cloud on that particular horizon is the enigmatic Dr. Levy, the man she’s come to think of as a permanent thorn in her side. Brilliant and handsome he most certainly is, but that doesn’t make up for the fact that he’s also stern, impatient, and bad-tempered. Oddly enough, it isn’t their mostly negative encounters that linger in her mind. Instead it’s the sadness she glimpses from time to time in his face. There’s no explanation for why she’s so bothered by this, nor can she imagine a situation where she’ll be in a position to discover the cause of his silent misery. All of which means she’s wasting her time. If anyone can take care of himself, it’s Dr. Levy.
Stratton had only been at Hutchison Clinic a short time before he heard about the beautiful nurse on the second floor. In his usual skeptical fashion he discounted the gossip until he saw Leah for himself. He had no problem admitting that the reports of her beauty hadn’t been exaggerated, but appreciation was as far as he was prepared to go. Love, romance and the so-called happily-ever-after only exist in the movies. Putting your happiness in someone else’s hands is just begging to be hurt. He has a monthly alimony payment to prove it. Getting his family and friends to understand his preference for bachelorhood isn’t so easy. While he appreciates their concern, he doesn’t need the complication of something with such overwhelming odds of failure. One ex-wife is enough for any man.
Author's Note: Although this book is a romance novel, it deals with loss and grief. If you're sensitive to these issues, this might not be the book for you.
I'm a Georgia girl at heart if not by birth. I love to read, watch college football, and spend time with my husband. I'm a hopeless romantic so there will always be a happily ever after in my stories. I also like to write about second chances because love doesn't always work out the first time.
Stratton and Leah are wonderful together. There were so many emotions to go through in this book, but I appreciate that she didn’t soak too long in the sad places. We get to skim the surface a little, knowing they’re both grieving, but it’s what came before and after that defined their romance.
Ok, I'm not sure how believable this would be, and it doesn't help that Stratton & Leah haven't spent that much time together, either, but I don't care! I don't generally read stories with sad stuff because I read to escape, but it's such a touching story, and even with the sad parts - which aren't a major portion of the book - it never pulls you down into misery like such stories typically do to me. It takes us with the protagonists to the point of healing and a thoroughly happy-ever-after.
The only sadness now is that I've reached the end & have to wait for the next installment in this yummy series - - I hope she gives us Lance's story!!
This is another well-done, clean romance from Cameron. This one involves another of the beautiful sisters of Violet. Leah is a nurse and works with a handsome and tough doctor who appears impervious to attractive young nurses. All of the other men in the Myrtle Beach hospital see her, though. Leah is holding out for true love, however.
Through an extraordinary circumstance, Leah and Stratton become a couple. They suffer a tragedy and then need to heal their wounds as well as each other.
When you go digging up the past, you find things you don’t want. At the end of the day, we can’t go back and do anything different. I enjoyed this book. Growing love is so wonderful and to watch that happen to both of them while caring for Denver was sweet to watch. Both are so stubborn you wish they would just communicate.
Delaney Cameron handles the marriage of convenience trope with tensions and understanding and class. She also deals with grief and loss on multiple levels with compassion. This book is not just a romance, but a message of the power of love delivered in a sweet and endearing way.
Rating 2.5. I have read about four of these books in this series in succession. Their similarities are becoming glaring. While I like the series, I need to have some palate-cleansing reading between these books so I can appreciate them properly.
I quite liked the first half of this story but didn’t really enjoy the second half as much.
Wow!!!! What an incredible love story!!!!!!! Stratton and Leah have been through so much together. And to think that they come together again and get basically a "do-over" hopefully to get it right this time.
The beginning of this story wasn’t my favorite and I wasn’t enjoying it. I am glad I stuck with it, though, because there was really a change further in; once the characters got over their prejudice and animosity, I enjoyed the story.
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I loved everything about this book, from the cover and blurb all the way to its final page. The Gift of Love is a beautiful story that deals with the subjects of love, loss, grief, and second chances. I loved the relationship between Leah and Stratton (referred to as "Dr. Levy" for the first half of the book), from how they met, those first impressions, to all the ordeals they had to go through to get their HEA. This book has both the tropes of a marriage of convenience and second chances, so there's something for every romantic out there. The writing is so captivating you won't want to put it down, thanks to not only the sweet romance but also to the wonderful cast of characters (from Leah and Stratton's friends and family to even Aristotle and the precious moments with Denver). ~ 5 stars and absolutely recommended!