Tuesday, June 10, 2008
The Surgeon - Kate Bridges
Inspired by a true incident... Alberta, 1889. Intending to play a harmless prank, a troop of Mountie officers order their stern commander, Chief Surgeon John Calloway, a mail-order bride. Sarah O'Neill travels two thousand miles across the continent only to discover the man she thought she was corresponding with and the new life she was looking forward to is all a hoax.´
Another marriage of convenience story this one starts with a mail order bride gone wrong. Meaning the mail order bride was contacted by the groom's friends and he doesn't know anything about her till she arrives at his doorstep. The town's gossips who prevent her from getting a job and settling down lead them to marry to save her reputation.
It was my first read by Kate Bridges and it was nice. It had an interesting set of characters, a bit of a mystery and a nice love story. I'm afraid I never really did warm up to the hero. She does mention he sees everything black and white in the beginning and then changes but to the change didn't really convince me. I wanted to follow him through the mental process of that change and not just be presented with the outcome.
The setting is really original and so was using the mounted police has characters.