Monday, October 11, 2021

Book Review ~ REAWAKENED AT THE SOUTH POLE by Juliette Hyland

Reawakened at the South Pole
by: Juliette Hyland
Genre: Contemporary Medical Romance
Release Date: September 28, 2021
Publisher: Harlequin Medical Romance
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An antarctic adventure
and a reunion of a lifetime…

ER nurse Helena Mathews wants just one thing: to show her parents that she’s no longer the fragile, premature baby they cradled in the NICU. So her new South Pole–based job is the perfect way to break free! But Dr. Carter Simpson’s arrival proves that you can’t just erase the past. Her one-time best friend may have left without a trace after a life-altering discovery, but he never left Helena’s heart…

Juliette Hyland just gets better and better. Reawakened at the South Pole is the third book I’ve read by her. This is a medical romance, featuring a few of my favorite tropes, best friend/sibling, friends to lovers, and second chance.

Helena Mathews grew up sheltered by her parents. She was thought to be the weaker, sickly twin because she spent weeks in the NICU and was often sick until she became a teenager. She was always treated with kid gloves and always expected to do only activities considered safe by her parents. Carter Simpson was an only child, who grew up being doted on by his father. Everything he did made his father proud and the two were like peas in a pod. Carter even wanted to become a surgeon like his father. Helena and Carter have known each other since kindergarten. Carter was Helena’s twin brother Owen’s best friend. The three were generally always together. In fact, they all went to the University of Chicago, where Carter and Owen were roommates.

Things changed for the trio at the end of their first semester in college. They all went home for Winter Break and that was the last time they saw each other. Though Helena has thought about Carter often throughout the years and searched for him at various hospitals, she never found him. That is until she sees him fifteen years later at the end of the world.

For both Carter and Helena, the last fifteen years have been filled with what-ifs, should’ve, would’ve, could’ve. Each has grown but has physical and emotional scars that still haunt them. While I won’t get into the reason for the lack of communication, I can say that they never lost their friendship bond. Carter is a shell of the boy he once was, but slowly, Helena is able to pull him out of the frigid world he chooses to live in.

Being stationed at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station working for The Center for Polar Medicine together allows them to be in their own bubble, away from the harsh realities of the real world that they find themselves running from. Here, their friendship and budding romance are perfect. And they are at their best. But when the real world penetrates their bubble, everything they've built comes crashing down.

Juliette has written a story that owned my heart. While I didn’t cry, my heart did ache for these two and all they endured. At the start of this story, the title didn’t make sense to me. But by the end, it totally did. And speaking of endings, the end was truly perfect. In fact, I didn’t want Helena and Carter’s story to end. I do know that they will continue to have their story play out in my mind.

~ Favorite Quotes ~

“Only you get to live your life.”

“There is nothing wrong with chasing your own dreams.”

“Life was too short not to find the best in the day and in others.”

“There is always some good to find. You just have to look.”

“Perfection is something no one can live up to.”


**Received a copy of the book courtesy of the author and voluntarily reviewed it.**

Rating: 5

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Juliette Hyland began crafting heroes and heroines in high school. She lives in Ohio, USA, with her prince charming, who has patiently listened to many rants regarding characters failing to follow the outline. When not working on fun and flirty happily ever afters, Juliette can be found spending time with her beautiful daughters, giant dogs or sewing uneven stitches with her sewing machine.

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2 comments:

  1. This sounds good and I like the quotes you featured!

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    1. Thank you. I hope you get an opportunity to read the book.

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