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Feature book: A Daddy Sent by Santa

18 December 2019

A Daddy Sent by Santa by Susan Carlisle

Subgenre: medical romance
Release date: 1 Nov 2018
Publisher: Mills & Boon
Format: ebook
Length: 192 pages
RRP: $5.99 (ebook)

Lauren Wilson is a nurse in Last Stop, Oklahoma. She’s used to having doctors come and go from her small town and feels confident that she’s found the best place for herself and her son to live. Her late husband was the sort who has breezed into town and turned her head, only to show his true colours, so Lauren is convinced she’ll never make that mistake again.

Paxton Samuels is a prestigious doctor from Boston. He comes from a long line of doctors and his life is loaded with family duty. Ignoring his parent’s wishes, he’s volunteered to complete a short stint in Last Stop to escape a broken engagement he’d love to forget.

Paxton receives a fraught introduction to medical conditions the moment he arrives in Last Stop, made worse when he himself ends up with mild frostbite in his fingers from the snowy, sub zero elements. He’s impressed by Lauren’s quick thinking and handling of the situation, and the two end up having to spend the night in Lippscomb, where the closest hospital is. This forced proximity is eye opening for both of them.

This is a truly sweet, medical romance. The small-town feel is lovely, and you really get the sense of how tough it can be being so far from major medical centres. Paxton, after some initial concern, embraces the small-town life, in particular, time with Lauren and her son, Shawn.

It’s quite a slow burn romance. Both Lauren and Paxton have strong issues from their past they need to overcome, before realising that their thoughts on relationships need to change. The reasons holding these two apart are believable, as was each of their character growths. I adored the small town, Christmassy vibe. This is the perfect romance for curling up with under a warm blanket, and a hot cup of cocoa. It has kicked off my Christmas romance reading excitement as we zoom towards December.

Reviewed by Jayne

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

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