What it’s about:
Forensic pathologist Margo Nolan is wholly unprepared when she is named guardian to a girl she once loved as her own. Struggling to balance her professional life against sudden parenthood, she has no clue how to reach out to her ‘daughter,’ Emma. Complicating matters is the sexy—and much younger!—doctor-next-door, Jamie Gillespie.
Jamie Gillespie volunteered to step in for his uncle, the village doctor—in part as a favour to the older man, and in part to stick it to his father’s lofty ambitions for him. The last thing he expected in this sleepy part of Surrey was to meet the tough and seemingly cold Margo. Everything about her aloof manner should push him away, but he cannot ignore his attraction for the woman or his need to help her out.
The question is—can Jamie overcome Margo’s reticence towards love and build a proper life with her & Emma? Or will she let old fears and prejudices keep the hunky village doctor at arm’s length?
Warning: Contains thoroughly British sensibility and humour, as well as a charm-your-socks-off doctor, tween angst, & a damsel not-exactly-in-distress but who’d welcome the help, anyway.
Guest Reviewer Frannie’s Thoughts:
Prescription for Love is a lovely romance novel about a strong and determined woman, Margo, who is a forensic pathologist. She takes her job very seriously and is wholeheartedly committed to work and her city lifestyle. She is not interested in emotions—only facts. As the plot thickens, we learn about events in her life that have caused her to become so cold, calculating and callous. The story is about her reticence toward love, the evolution of her feelings and her ability to finally let love into her life.
Margo is content with her life in the city, until her very best friend dies and leaves her with the sole guardianship of her teenage daughter Emma. Believing that living in the countryside would be better for the girl, Margo abruptly relocates them to a small, sleepy village in Surrey, England.
Margo is unprepared to deal with, let alone discipline, a despondent teenage Emma who feels all alone and betrayed by her mother’s death. Although she knows and loves Margo, Emma is not happy with the situation, especially Margo’s lack of parenting skills and her inability to show compassion.
The shining knight, Jamie Gillespie, comes into their lives as the younger, mild mannered village doctor who is taking over his uncle’s practice. When Jamie meets Margo, he is immediately attracted to her. But, because of Margo’s aloof nature towards him and her resolute structured relationship with Emma, he initially determines that Margo is not interested in men and probably had a relationship with this so-called “best friend.” As circumstances have it, Margo and Emma are forced to relocate again, and they end up moving into the other side of Jamie’s mansion.
Both Margo and Jamie tiptoe around each other in the beginning, but their mutual affection for Emma keeps them connected and allows them to get to know each other on a platonic level. As Margo continues to take on the role of mother, and Jamie grows into a friend and mentor to Emma, a series of incidents occur that bring Margo and Jamie further together. They realize their passion for each other; however, there are still a lot of fears and prejudices that Margo must work through. She is able to overcome her anxiety toward love with the kind and gentle guidance of the understanding young doctor Jamie.
Much of the wit in the book has an English humor bent and some of the words are spelled differently than I expected.
I think the relationship between Margo and Jamie is thorough, refined and enticing. The love story between the two of them is wonderful, although in some cases I would wish for Jamie to be a bit less perfect. The relationship between Margo and Emma, however, was powerful in the beginning, but by the end it became weak and murky. I am left wondering how Margo and Jamie as a couple will deal with this growing, anxious teen. Also, the relationship between Margo and her job—with all of the horrors of dealing with death and cadavers (especially of young girls)—was never fully addressed. I would also prefer a bit more action and drama in the plot.
Overall, however, I thought the book was a delightful and satisfying read and I thoroughly recommend this enchanting romance.
About the author: A Muslim of Indian origin & a 2x breast cancer survivor, Zee lives in paradise (aka Mauritius!) with her long-suffering husband, their smart-mouth teenage son, and their tabby cat who thinks herself a fearsome feline from the nearby African Serengeti plains. When she isn’t in her kitchen rolling out chapattis or baking cakes while singing along to the soundtrack of Glee, she can be found reading or catching up on her numerous TV show addictions. In her day job, she is an editor who helps other authors like her hone their works and craft.