Betrayed by her boyfriend and best friend, Lena is left empty; trapped under a weight of guilt and loneliness. Then, at her lowest point and when she needs it most, a mysterious stranger comes into her life with a tale of friendship, family, and finding love in the most unexpected of places…
Katy Heath is definitely not thinking of love when she comes across consultant, Adam Elliot, berating some poor patient on the ward one day. In fact it is Dr Peter Florin who quickly has everyone’s hearts aflutter with his easy smiles and practised charm.
Yet Katy comes to realise that there’s more to Adam than his determination to push everyone away and it’s not long before she finds herself longing to reach out to touch the man within, healing the pain of his past.
As Lena is drawn into Katy’s story, she begins to learn – just as Katy does – that the course of true love never did run smooth.
‘By My Side’ is a well written medical romance with a unique twist. Authentic medical references give the story a realistic edge.
There are two stories in ‘By My Side’. The first adds a fascinating dimension, yet is so simple it doesn’t detract from the complex medical romance of the second story.
Lena is at a crossroads in her young life. Emotionally scarred she finds attending a funeral with her mother very difficult until left to her own devices she meets an enigmatic stranger who senses Lena is troubled and tries to help by telling how she met the love of her life after a funeral. Lena likes her new friend who knows and speaks well of her mother and gradually becomes enthralled in the story that she tells.
Katy is an A&E nurse, a likeable character who often speaks before she fully engages her brain. Adam is an Orthopaedic consultant who is dedicated and good at his job but struggles with his people skills. This flaw is a nice authentic touch. Damaged by his past Adam doesn’t want to like Katy but she starts to get under his skin. Their love story is full of twists and tragedy but the romance is heart warming.
The ending is surprising, poignant and hopeful.
The perfect read if you like medical romance with strong, emotional characters and are prepared to open your mind to new possibilities.
I received a copy of this book from Harper Impulse via NetGalley in return for an honest review.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars