Saturday, January 2, 2010

That Certain Spark by Cathy Marie Hake

When Doctor Taylor Bestman, a woman, agrees to move to Texas with her twin brother, Enoch Bestman, a veterinarian, she had no idea of how her life and practice will change. Both of the Bestmans have signed four year contracts to serve the people of Gooding, Texas and while Enoch is readily accepted by the town, many leaders of the town balk at Taylor offering medical treatment to the men of the town. Taylor is not daunted by the opposition and quickly finds a friend in her first patient, Karl Van der Vort. As their friendship grows, so do the dangerous threats to Taylor's practice. Taylor finds she must stand her ground, but be willing to serve as God calls her to.

I enjoyed That Certain Spark by Cathy Marie Hake. The story was quite entertaining and I loved the Taylor Bestman's character. It was an easy read that kept drawing me back for more. The only think I did not care for was the way that Enoch and Mercy's relationship developed. Somehow, it just did not seem believable and it was just too convenient. At one point, Mercy develops breast cancer and one of her breasts is removed. I wonder why this was even in the book. It did not really have anything to do with the main plot or serve to enhance the story. I suspect that Hake may have another book coming on Enoch's character as there were some loose ends left open at the end of the book.

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