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Feature book: With a Little Help

8 June 2011

With a Little Help by Valerie Parv

March 2011 (US release date)

Emma Jarrett comes from a family of doctors and has decided that it is one career that she does not want, much to her mother’s disdain; instead Emma, a talented chef, starts her own catering business. Her mother never gives up on Emma at least marrying a doctor if she can’t be one herself. Emma learns at a very young age that her parents’ patients come before their children and spends a lot more time growing up with the housekeeper and vows never to get involved with a doctor.

Dr Nathan Hale is a top heart surgeon at a big Sydney hospital and worked very hard to get there, as early as he could. He is the son of a country doctor, who was often called away to tend his patients and who spent long hours at work, when tragedy strikes at home it causes his mother to leave and take Nathan with her. He gains a stepfather and a new much younger brother who looks up to Nate but is a troubled teenager.

Emma and Nate have met before at a Christmas party put on by her parents and after Emma’s drink is spiked, she comes on to Nate. He, being the caring doctor he is, takes her home. Emma tries not to think about him until her Mum arrives one day and suggests that Emma provide the catering for Nate’s 35th birthday party. Of course Emma knows that her Mum is trying to match-make and comes up with every excuse she can not to do it.

After a phone call between Emma and Nate, and Nate’s insistence that she cater for the event, planning menus does become a bit of a challenge with the amount of time they spend together and you can feel the sparks. Nate, ever the hero who needs to be in control and meddle, and Emma, who also needs to be in control, are determined not to get involved with each other due to their individual pasts. However, the tension mounts between the pair.

At the party, there is a problem with Nate’s younger brother Luke and Nate is injured trying to stop Emma from being hurt. This brings them even closer together as they help each other through a tough situation. It is only then that they begin to really understand and trust each other.

This was the first Valerie Parv book I have read and it won’t be the last. I really enjoyed this story set around the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney. It is very well written and the obstacles from the characters’ pasts and the way they help each other overcome them is a great journey. Nate and Emma are two strong people and this made for a very bumpy but exciting ride to their HEA.

reviewed by Helen S

A review copy of this book was provided by the author. All ARRA members who leave a comment will go in the draw to win the book.

The giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Brooke M.

  1. Fatboythin permalink
    12 January 2012 11:13 pm

    Valerie and MacDonalds should get together it’d be a marriage made in heaven.
    The promotionals would be endless.

  2. aimskye permalink
    5 July 2011 1:06 pm

    Great review Helen, looks good, will have to add to me TBR pile.


  3. 9 June 2011 11:31 pm

    I feel like a recording: Great review, and apparently everyone is in the same boat – never met a VP book they didn’t like! I, too, missed this one, but now that I know it’s out there, I’m going to track the sneaky sucker down!

  4. Barbara permalink
    8 June 2011 5:40 pm

    Good review Helen, I have never read a Valerie Parv book but looks like I had better start as this sounds good

  5. 8 June 2011 11:42 am

    Great post. I missed the release of this in March but I’ve never read a Valerie Parv book I didn’t get into 100%.

  6. Brooke Moody permalink
    8 June 2011 10:55 am

    This is one I will definitely have to read. Thanks for the review!

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