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Feature book: A Life Worth Living

27 May 2015

A Life Worth LivingA Life Worth Living by Amanda Canham

Cameron Lewis returns to Brisbane Hospital to take up a new position as Senior Paediatric Physician in the Respiratory and Sleep department. He is trying to control his nerves when an interesting encounter with a woman in the elevator fills his mind with other musings. Soon after, he discovers this woman is a colleague, nurse Stacey Carter. As they work together, they begin to form a friendship. However, there is a spark of physical attraction underneath that is just waiting for ignition.

When Cameron asks Stacey to help him buy a birthday present for his young niece, they bond. Stacey confides that she is going through the process of IVF with an anonymous donor to be a single mother. Cameron doesn’t agree with this and then has a major anxiety attack when he finds himself in the baby clothing section. Cameron flees, leaving Stacey very angry, and it seems their relationship is over before it has begun.

Fortunately, they are able to talk through the events of the day and soon begin a relationship that is purely sexual. Both are happy with this arrangement but fate isn’t. When Stacey decides to ask Cameron to donate sperm so her child can at least identify the father, both their secrets are revealed. Cameron’s infant son died from cot death, his marriage broke down and he swore he wouldn’t try to replace his son in his heart. Stacey’s ex-husband kept putting off starting a family, then declared he didn’t want children, only to now be having a child with his new wife. Stacey is determined to now have the child she’s always wanted without the complications of a man.

Ms Canham has written a wonderful story that flows as the main characters develop a friendship, and then find that despite their best efforts, they have fallen in love. The happily ever after in this book is very rewarding as the characters find a way to grow and assist the other to achieve their dreams. You will be cheering for them at the end of the book, and I was very happy to learn this book is the first in a series. This is a sweet medical romance, detailing a medical area that usually doesn’t feature, which also adds to the richness of the story. I recommend trying this author, but I have to go and read her next one now on my kindle.

Reviewed by Tracey

A review copy of this book was provided by the publisher.

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