Max Bainbridge is an ace newspaper reporter who gets all the biggest assignments, most recently covering the fighting in Afghanistan. When he is shot on the battlefields, he is operated on and then flown home. The nurse responsible for his subsequent care is Evelyn Hammer, a 35-year-old woman who ran for her life, and from the musical spotlight, when she was 17 and on the cusp of fame. Her new identity has been in place, and impenetrable, ever since. Over the years, she’s found singing is a more soothing way to wake people from surgery, and they are usually so foggy they don’t realize she’s been singing to them. Until Max, that is.
Evelyn knows she’s breaking one of the cardinal rules of nursing by dating a patient, but she can’t resist Max. What begins as an innocent affair with a definite expiration date when Max leaves for his next assignment becomes a real threat to unmasking Evelyn’s hidden identity. Max can’t control his journalism instincts as one clue after another emerges and he realizes he doesn’t know the person he’s fallen in love with.
Only by uncovering Evelyn’s secret past can they move forward with their future. But her past is still there, and threatening. Some secrets are better left alone.
Voice of an Angel is a lovely, romantic story full of mystery and sensuality. Evelyn is a dedicated nurse with a mysterious, tragic past. Max a war correspondent thinks he must be dreaming when he wakes up in hospital, to the sound of a singing. The attraction and deepening of Evelyn’s and Max’s relationship is plausible and sensitively written. Both Evelyn and Max have been damaged by their past life experiences. They have to learn to trust again before they have a chance of happy ever after.
Evelyn is hiding from her past which makes her personal life lonely. Max gets under her barriers because she believes he is just passing through. Safe in that knowledge, she enjoys the chemistry between them while it lasts. Max has a strong, forceful personality. When injury prevents him from pursuing his dangerous career he focuses on Evelyn, determined that they will be lovers and that she will reveal the secrets of her past.
This story has gentle pacing and an interesting plot with a few surprises. A well written ending provides a satisfying conclusion to Evelyn’s and Max’s love story. I read this over a few nights and picked up the story again easily because the characters are memorable.
If you enjoy romantic stories with an enticing mixture of angst and hope.’Voice of Angel’ is worth reading.
I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars