Wednesday, January 27, 2010

On My Nightstand - That Certain Spark by Cathy Marie Hake

Dr. Taylor Bestman arrives in Gooding, Texas with her veterinarian twin, Enoch. The shocked townsfolk take sides for and against the woman doctor. The local blacksmith, Karl Van der Vort, is scandalized, but keeps his word that he will transport the new doctor to her appointments.

After seeing Dr. Bestman's skills up close and personal, Karl cannot deny her abilities. Yet, he has trouble justifying her unladylike profession. Women are supposed to get married and have children.

They become good friends, but sparks don't fly until the opposition takes a violent turn. Will Karl go on record as supporting the lady doctor or will he allow her to be driven out of town?

Cathy Marie Hake gets beneath the skin of these characters. Their inner conflicts, fears, and uncertainties ring true. Three cheers for another suspenseful, historical romance.

16 comments:

Shmologna said...

I've been wondering about this book! I'm glad you checked it out for us! Sounds like a good book. I always did like "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman." :-)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Shmologna -

I loved all four of the Cathy Hake books I read. They gave my brain a rest from my everyday life. :)

Blessings,
Susan

kristen said...

Like Shmologna, I loved watching Dr. Quinn.

It's so fascinating to hear stories of the struggles women, like Taylor, had to go through to be accepted into certain professions.

Sounds like a great read!

Thanks, Susan!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Kristen -

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

I think you'd enjoy any of Cathy's books. While each book is a stand alone, you might want to read, "Forevermore," first, then "Whirlwind," and finally "That Certain Spark."
They all take place in the same town.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Jill Kemerer said...

You find books with the greatest covers! Love this one!

Karen Lange said...

Love Ms. Hake's books!
Blessings:)
Karen

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Jill -

Thanks, but I can't take credit for "finding" these books with the great covers. A dear friend sent me all four of the Cathy Marie Hake books I've shared here.

I'm a blessed woman to have such good friends. :)

Susan

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Karen -

My Mom also loved her books. I hope other folks will pick them up and see what they're missing.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Cindy said...

This sounds great--and so unique. Thanks for the review!

Kristen Torres-Toro said...

Sounds great! Thanks!

Katie Ganshert said...

Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the review, Susan!

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Cindy -

Since reading these books, I wouldn't hesitate a second to pick up another one of her titles.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Kristen -

Thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Katie -

You're welcome! I hope you'll add her books to your Wish List.

Blessings,
Susan :)

Laura Frantz said...

Susan, I'm ashamed to admit I write for the CBA and haven't yet read a Hake book. Your post makes me want to dive in. I've always loved the cover art for her books! They look like a great escape.

Susan J. Reinhardt said...

Hi Laura -

Don't be ashamed. Settle down with one of her books, and enjoy it. :)

The book covers capture the characters' personalities.

Blessings,
Susan