Rhyne Abbot is fierce, brave, and used to a life of isolation on her father's spread on the outskirts of Reidsville, Colorado. But when, overcome with sickness, she collapses, she knows she must return to town if she is to have any hope of recovery. Only there is no place for her but the new doctor's home, and he wants more than just to heal Rhyne
"You're the first person that ever held me, except for those that held ...more
Set in 1880s small-town Colorado, Jo Goodman set the scene early on and brought the town of Reidsville to life. The characters were fleshed out, fascinating, and absorbing. The story was imaginative and compelling. The missing half star is due to the fact that it was undoubtedly slightly too imaginative for that time period. Nevertheless, it was a wholly enjo ...more
The story concerns Cole, a dedicated doctor who’s come to live in the small tow ...more
I'll try to review this at length later. In summary: too much telling, not enough showing, wooden characters, choppy scene changes, a perfunctory romance and a partridge in a pear tree.
I can understand readers who wanted deeper heroine POV and more depth to the love story -- as well as with complaints that the heroine's emotional healing is underdeveloped -- but I was happy with the way the story unfolded. It was never quite what I expected it to be, yet I thoroughly enjoyed the journey.
I noticed som ...more
It was definitely, first of all, a romance. But the historical part of it was above average for the genre (historical romances). I am not totally sure that a doctor in New York in those times could have known so much but I want to think (for the sake of the book) that he could.
I had ...more
I read the eversion of this book and sometimes the scene changed mid paragraph leaving me lost and confused - very choppy.
I am not sure I will read another book by this author - but never say never.
Dr. Cole Monroe had led a privileged life before an accident caused his younger sister and him to move to Reidsville. The 'whys' and 'reasons' to the move and the accident are explained completely when you read this r ...more
Rhyne is a difficult character to write about. Under most writers' hands, they would have turned Rhyne into a bitter fiery man-hating heroine. But Jo Goodman makes me like Rhyne Abbot, feel for her and hope for a happy ending for her.
I have seen other reviewers commenting on how Cole Monroe would be a beta hero, being the cool and collected medical doctor that he was. I am not sure what a beta hero should be. But I didn't ge ...more
That's the thing. There's a slight lingering "but" that I can't shake. (Ha. Can't shake my but? Sorry.) Anyway. I recommend the book, but I recommend going into it as revisiting the town of Reidsville more than a straight-up romance. There's actually very little conflict related to the primary romance arc.
And, if I was the heroine, I don't think I would have bounced back quite so easily and quickly emotionally or mentally from all the things that s ...more
The opening scenes of the book really set things ...more
I also think Jo Goodman is really good at showing heroines who have been abused physically or sexually come to trust men and enjoy physical pleasure again, and this book falls solidly into that category.
The pace of this book also moves along a little quicker than some of her others.
In 1884, Doctor Coleridge ...more
$HEROINE is the walking wounded, a victim of $ONE_SICK_PUPPY who has raped, tortured, or blackmailed her. At the opening of the book, $ONE_SICK_PUPPY is not obviously present, but nevertheless he is present somehow. $HEROINE is so damaged and Goodman is so ...more
I can best describe what I like about them by saying what I typically DO NOT like about romances. As my occasional reviews attest, I strongly dislike poorly plotted, poorly written romances with lack ...more
There is a quirkiness to this story that is wo ...more
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"Cole sat at the head of the table at a right angle to Rhyne. He snapped his napkin open and tucked one corner into the collar of his shirt. When Rhyne looked at him in surprise, he said, "You're too busy to do more laundry. I thought I'd try to keep my shirts reasonably clean."
Rhyne continued to stare at him.
"What?" he asked, looking down at himself. "Have I already spilled something?"
"My heart," she said feelingly. "All over you.”