Doctor Jace Merrick has fled the failures and futility of city life to start anew in rural Misty Lake. A man of science, he rejects the superstitious chatter surrounding Maddie and finds himself drawn to her confidence and beauty. And when she seduces him into a sham engagement, he agrees to be her ticket back into society, if she supports his new practice—and reveals the details of her remarkable recovery. But when his patients begin to heal miraculously, Jace may have to abandon logic, accept the inexplicable—and surrender to a love beyond reason… @goodreads
"Four dead girls on the slab, on the twelfth day of May. On Friday the thirteenth, one girl walked away."
That is what the kids would sing about Maddie!
I loved this book a lot! I really felt sorry for Madeleine Sutter (Maddie) in the book. After an accident kills all of her best friends, but one that was out of town, and she came back to life the next day.... the whole town didn't want anything to do with her. The stupid jerk Paster Hogle had everyone believing she was the devil. Did the jerk think the doctor could have made a mistake? Did he not think that God brought her back for good works? Nooopppppeee. She's a demon from hell in his eyes. The only person that in the town that doesn't treat her badly is her own grandfather. She lives with him and takes care of him along with their hired help.
Maddie still has her best friend Amelia that is coming to town to get married and wants Maddie at the wedding. Maddie wants nothing to do with it because everyone will just be upset with her being there. I say they can suck it! Maddie is a very sweet woman and has done nothing to deserve all of this, but it is 1882 and people are weird.
Maddie did come back with an ability. She can heal with her hands...most things anyway. Does that make her a bad person.. NO. She has kept this secret to herself, otherwise they would skin and tar her I do believe.
Along comes a new doctor to town after the old one decides to retire. His name is Jace Merrick. Maddie had an encounter with him in the woods before she knew who he was. I can't tell you EVERYTHING, but she ends up helping him get his office up and running. She also got him in a bind when she told some of the people that dumped her as a friend, they were engaged and going to Amelia's wedding together. After finding out all about Maddie's life, what happened, and how she was treated, Jace decided he would go along with her ruse. He was livid at the people in the town for treating her this way!
After spending some time together....hmmmm.. can you guess what happens :)
Yep, they get together. Later on in the book he finds out about her ability when a bad sequence of events occurs. He's afraid at first and shocked, but then it all falls into place.
Like I said before, I loved this book. I love the cover, I love the time frame the author puts us in and the characters are all played out very well. And if your looking for it, there are some nice sexy scenes in the book too :) This one is going on my to buy list!
*I would like to thank NETGALLEY and KENSINGTON BOOKS for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for my honest review.*
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