by: Traci Douglass
Series: Anchorage Mercy Hospital
Genre: Contemporary Medical Romance
Release Date: May 1, 2019
Publisher: Harlequin Medical Romances
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A nurse to heal his heart…
…and complete his family.
After losing her mother to a hereditary illness, trauma nurse Wendy Smith vowed never to risk having a family of her own. So acting on her instant attraction to sexy single dad Dr. Tom Faber is a definite no! But through her unexpected connection with his daughter, Wendy grows closer to Tom and their chemistry intensifies…along with her longing for her own family—with him!
Traci Douglass’ Finding Her Forever Family was so much more than I expected. I expected to find an easy, straight-forward read. What I got was a story with depth and multi-layered characters.
Wendy Smith is an ER nurse at Anchorage Mercy Hospital. Her whole life she has been living with the possibility of a Huntington's disease diagnosis hanging over her head. Her mother died from the disease when Wendy was ten-years-old. Now, Wendy is approaching 30 and her desire for a child is stronger than ever. Wendy’s three older brothers have all been tested with negative results. Wendy is sure that means she will be positive and doesn't want to know for sure. Wendy has spent her entire adult life having flings, nothing serious, and keeping people at a distance. She doesn’t want to risk leaving behind loved ones to suffer, if she does in fact have the disease. But when she witnesses the birth of her twin niece and nephew, her desire to have a family hits her like a Mac truck.
Tom Faber is an OB at Anchorage Mercy Hospital. He generally works long hours, which he’s used to. But Tom's life has changed with the arrival of his twelve-year-old daughter Samantha. A daughter he has no relationship with and has hardly ever seen. After Samantha's mother, Tom's ex-wife, dies of an overdose, Tom becomes the only family Samantha has, outside of his parents. Samantha has always been told her father didn't love her or want her in his life. This couldn't be further from the truth. Understandably, their relationship is difficult.
Meeting in the hospital cafeteria, Wendy and Samantha strike up a friendship. While Samantha's counselor is away, Wendy fills in for her. Wendy not only becomes Samantha's friend and sounding board, but someone Samantha trusts and who she tells all of her secrets and fears to. Noticing the way the two interact, Tom asks Wendy to help him “I want you to teach me how to be a better father to my daughter.” Wendy agrees, but neither expects their attraction to each other to be so strong and powerful.
Tom wreaks havoc on the carefully constructed walls and barriers Wendy has built around herself. He challenges her and makes her want things she doesn't feel she can have. Tom is a man who never stops fighting. He never gives up on the love he has for his daughter or Wendy, when they both desperately keep trying to push him away. Finding Her Forever Family wasn't necessarily a story that blew me away. It was one of those stories that kept chugging along. With Huntington's disease and a broken family storyline, the story had the potential to be really dark and deep. Traci did a good job of keeping the story light, while also giving you insight into the characters and their struggles. Thus, making you rethink your initial assessment of them.
**Received a copy from the author and reviewed voluntarily.**
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She’s an active member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), Indiana Romance Writers of America (IRWA), and the International Thriller Writers (ITW), and holds a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Writing Popular Fiction from Seton Hill University.
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