by Jennifer Moore
Publisher : Covenant Communications (September 8, 2022)
Language : English
ISBN-10 : 1524422185
ISBN-13 : 978-1524422189
A Victorian Romance
Hazel Thornton has one great ambition: to help the sick and wounded as a nurse. But that dream can never become a reality. After a devastating childhood trauma, she has spent her life battling fits of panic that make it impossible to finish her studies. Everything changes, however, when a trip to Spain takes a perilous turn that derails her plans to visit her father for Christmas and immediately plunges her into the dangers of a brutal war.
With single-minded focus, she springs into action to help her fellow travelers. To ensure their continued care, she begins work at a Spanish hospital alongside Dr. Jim Jackson, a man whose only emotion seems to be wariness of his new assistant. Armed with gifts of support from each of her dearest friends, a group that dubs themselves the Blue Orchid Society, Hazel embarks on a journey of hope and healing to battle the demons of her past with the help of the doctor who has captured her heart.
Hazel Thornton can have an unassuming personality, but she cares so deeply for others and wants to help them. She is still in training to be a nurse, but after a train accident on the way to see her father for Christmas, her skills are required in full force.
Despite the fact that Hazel suffers from panic attacks, she rarely lets it stop her from doing what needs to be done. Her profession is very high stress and every second matters, yet Hazel powers through. She also finds herself in a country where she doesn’t speak the language and her friends are incapacitated. So much is going against Hazel, yet she maintains her positive attitude and stays strong.
Dr. Jim Jackson is an American doctor working with the Red Cross. He can come across as having a gruff exterior, but he also wants to heal people.
Hazel and Jim had a slow and quiet relationship. They were attracted to each other right away, but due to the circumstances, their relationship stayed more on a professional level.
This story is much more than their romance. I really like reading about the events that took place in this story, and I love the friendship of the women in the Blue Orchid Society.
While this is part of The Blue Orchid Society series, and we get to see some scenes with the other members, this book can very easily be read as a standalone.