A disgraced doctor, a new surgical technique, a young woman determined to save lives.
The Heart of Dr. Steele by Colette Dixon is a moving historical romance about the evolution of gynecological medicine and its challenges.
Our thanks to the author and Rachel Random Resources for the advanced reader’s copy.
Length: 326 pages
Publisher: Crimson Fox Publishing (October 6, 2020)
Language: English | ASIN: B08DTJ6VDW
The mysterious Dr. Steele has taken up residence next door, and scandalous rumors about him are spreading through Margaret Landeau’s small Massachusetts town. Rumors of women he’s ill-used and exploited for his experimental surgeries. Never one to believe gossip, Margaret arms herself with a basket of baked goods and ventures to discover the truth from the man himself.
John Steele has lost everything. His parents, his aunt, too many women he intended to save, and his good name. All he has left is his aunt’s home in a far-flung village and a library he’s stocked with whiskey. He has nothing to offer anyone. Especially not the bold woman next door whose passion for healing reminds him of the man he once was.
But when a dangerously ill girl arrives on his doorstep, pleading for help, Margaret is thrust into his world. She will learn who the real Dr. John Steele truly is, and soon, not even his dark past can stop her from fighting for the brilliant doctor she now loves. But he must deny his crushing desire for her—loving a man like him can only cast a shadow over her own bright future.
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Margaret was the daughter of a university professor and had been raised in an intellectually stimulating environment. She had a specific interest in medical studies and was frequently questioning the parson’s wife about the herbs she used for healing.
When a mysterious doctor moved into the neighborhood, not even the unsavory gossip about his past could keep Margaret from checking him out.
Dr. John Steele was a man in tatters. Idealistic and innovative, he associated himself with the wrong person and ended up paying with his reputation and his career.
He moved into his deceased aunt’s home, looking for isolation, refuge, and to drown his sorrows in spirits, not to be importuned by a noisy miss.
Dr. Steele had quite a dark aura, and Margaret was pure light. Their romantic relationship revolved around their common medical interest, especially the all-new techniques for operating tumors in the uterus/ovaries.
I enjoyed the surgeries (despite all the blood). They were fascinating and an excellent opportunity to get to know the real John and Margaret.
The side characters were lovely, especially Margaret’s father, who always believed in her ability to become a doctor. The patients, their families, worries, and sorrows made the story very emotional.
Disclosure: I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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About the Author
A two-time Golden Heart award finalist, Colette worked for a hospital for twenty years while dreaming up love story plots and now writes (steamy) books about the healing power of love. Whether in modern times or bygone eras, her heart-mending romances feature intelligent heroines and the men who can’t live without them. She loves to drink tea, cuddle with her rescue pup, and sun herself every chance she can get to survive the Midwest winter.