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The Heart of Doctor Steele is an absolutely fascinating book. The romance between a cynical man who have lost all faith in his profession and in humanity and the vibrant and filled with hope Margaret Landeau was captivating. How Margaret uses her no-nonsense approach to life to turn the man around in his beliefs was quite believably done and it was nice to see the woman in a much emotionally stronger position in the story.
Margaret was like a breath of fresh air, intelligent and strong in her convictions, having no qualms in facing any adversity, the scene where she faces the director of admissions in Harvard was pure joy.
The author has a background in medicine and it is evident in multitude ways in the book and understanding the development of gynecology as a field of medicine for the treatment of various problems categorized as simply female issues was absorbing to read.
The relationship between the sisters Charlotte and Margaret and also between Margaret and her father was another brilliant touch. I loved how Charlotte changes from a simpering gossipy girl to a mature woman helping her sister in every decision as the story progresses and the ending with a courtroom drama was surprising.
Are the rumors about him true? She intends to find out.
The mysterious Dr. Steele has taken up residence next door, and scandalous rumors about him are spreading through Margaret Landeau’s small Massachusetts town. Rumors of women he’s ill-used and exploited for his experimental surgeries. Never one to believe gossip, Margaret arms herself with a basket of baked goods and ventures to discover the truth from the man himself.
John Steele has lost everything. His parents, his aunt, too many women he intended to save, and his good name. All he has left is his aunt’s home in a far-flung village and a library he’s stocked with whiskey. He has nothing to offer anyone. Especially not the bold woman next door whose passion for healing reminds him of the man he once was.
But when a dangerously ill girl arrives on his doorstep, pleading for help, Margaret is thrust into his world. She will learn who the real Dr. John Steele truly is, and soon, not even his dark past can stop her from fighting for the brilliant doctor she now loves. But he must deny his crushing desire for her—loving a man like him can only cast a shadow over her own bright future.
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