HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: The Doctor’s Family
Author: Lenora Worth
Publisher: Love Inspired/Harlequin, 2011
Related website(s): http://www.LoveInspiredBooks.com (publisher)
Language level: 1
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Teens and adults
Rating: **** 4 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Worth, Lenora. The Doctor’s Family (Published in 2011 by Love Inspired Books, 233 Broadway, New York City, NY 10279). Arabella Clayton Michaels lives in the tiny town of Clayton, Colorado, and is related to almost everyone there. Her father abandoned her when she was a child. Her mother Katrina Clayton (Kat) Watson left town when she was a teenager. She married, but her husband Harry Michaels ran off, leaving her to raise four-year-old triplets, Jessie, Julie, and Jamie, as a single mother. She lives in the old Victorian home of her late grandfather, George Clayton, and has taken in an abandoned teenager, Jasmine Turner, who falls in love with and plans to marry a second cousin of Arabella’s, Cade Clayton, though much of the town, including most of Cade’s side of the family, is against the marriage. Then Dr. Jonathan Turner, a Denver surgeon, arrives with the news that her beloved Jasmine is his long-lost niece. Arabella and Jonathan begin to have feelings for each other, but both his harrowing past and her own situation create obstacles.
Strange things begin to happen. Arabella’s mother returns to town. Jasmine’s wedding dress and a fancy cake that Arabella is making are mysteriously destroyed. Suddenly Jasmine and Cade get into an argument and call off the wedding. Can Arabella learn to let go of her past? Will the handsome doctor accept a ready-made family? And do Cade and Jasmine ever get back together? This book is the third one of the “Rocky Mountain Heirs” series. There is nothing really wrong with it, but I had a little difficulty in keeping all of Arabella’s relatives straight and remembering who was on whose side. Perhaps if I had read the first two books, it would have been a little easier. Also, there are some loose ends left unresolved, such as who ruined the wedding dress and the anniversary cake, and why did the trouble-making mother come back from a ten year absence after the way she left? Maybe these questions will be answered in later books.