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The Doctor Next Door (Love Inspired, No 104)
The Doctor Next Door - Love Inspired, No 104
Author: Marta Perry
THE PRODIGAL DOCTOR COMES HOME... — When Rebecca Forrester pledged her five-year-old heart to Brett Elliot, the idealistic doctor-to-be had vowed to return one day to care for her and the other townspeople. Well, Brett had finally come home - but not to stay. Still, Bedford Creek's medical future rested in this sophisticated stranger's ha...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780373871100
ISBN-10: 0373871104
Publication Date: 6/1/2000
Pages: 256
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Publisher: Steeple Hill
Book Type: Paperback
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Dr. Brett Elliott returns to sleepy Bedford Creek, PA, to help out his mentor, Doc Overton, who is running the Bedford Creek Clinic, but who also has some unresolved health issues. Brett runs into Rebecca Forrester, his high school girlfriends younger sister and discovers that shes become a medical assistant (or nurse, the book isnt clear on this). Rebecca wants Brett to stay to run the clinic, but Brett wants to go to Chicago on a surgical fellowship and pursue medicine there.

The tired trope of life in a small town is better than life in a big city is overplayed here. Brett declares his love for Rebecca and asks her to follow him to Chicago; she refuses. For most sane men, that would be enough to send them packing to look for someone whos willing to compromise in a relationship and whos willing to try to work things out. I dont get this attitude of hers; shes wanted Brett for years and, when he finally falls for her, she rejects him? Thats a bit unrealistic.

Also, she holds Brett to a promise he made when he was five years old. Really? She declares her love for him at age five, he declares that hes going to be a doctor when he grows up, and years later, she really is going to hold him to this?

Mitch Donovan and Anne Morden (from Desperately Seeking Dad, the first book in the miniseries) are mentioned here, as their wedding day draws closer. The book is okay, but Rebeccas character is annoying: she hides the fact that Doc Overton has been having health problems. Theres a word for that: lying. Christians arent supposed to do that. Also, ever heard of medical malpractice? Bretts friend Alex refuses medical treatment for an old injury, and Rebeccas niece, Kristie, suffers a life-threatening allergic reaction.

The characters are, for the most part, likable, with the exception of Rebecca. Her stubbornness gets irritating after a while. Were meant to think shes responsible, but she comes off as wanting to be a martyr instead. I just know I have to stay, no matter what the cost. This is Rebeccas response to Brett when he asks her to go to Chicago. At that point, I would have left.
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