Thursday, May 7, 2015

Summer On Lovers’ Island - Donna Alward

Summer On Lovers’ Island
Donna Alward
St. Martin's Paperbacks, May 5 2015, $7.99
ISBN: 9781250045188

Accomplishments have always come easy to thirtyish Dr. Lizzie Howard until recently.  Her dad’s death shook Lizzie and affected her work as Chief of Emergency Medicine in Springfield, Massachusetts.  Her boss Dr. Ian Foreman insisted she take a leave of absence and preferably leave town on a needed R&R.  Thus Lizzie visits her childhood friend Charlie in Jewell Cove, Maine where temporarily she will take over running the local clinic from her BFF

Working at the clinic, Dr. Josh Collins wants the big city outsider to go home.  However, instead of fleeing back to Massachusetts, Lizzie feels increasingly like she found a perfect fit.  As the two doctors fall in love, Josh revises what he wants from Lizzie but like her also fears commitment.

The troubled lead couple and the Maine small-town locale make the third Jewell Cove contemporary (see Treasure on Lilac Lane and House on Blackberry Hill) a charming read.  Besides medicine, Lizzie and Josh share in common relationship pain and anguish though the cause and reactions to the big hurt differ.  Summer On Lovers’ Island is a well-written second chance at contentment through love romance.

Harriet Klausner

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