Why did the new doctor in Simpson Creek have to be a Yankee? Sarah Matthews can see that Nolan Walker is a good man–and a handsome one. But she can’t return his affection. Not with so much bitterness from the war fresh in her memory.
Yet when the town is struck by a deadly influenza epidemic, it’s Nolan who battles to save Sarah’s life. And when a shadow from the past returns, the time arrives for Sarah to decide if she’s finally ready to utter the words her doctor longs to hear–“I do.”
I borrowed this on a whim from the library while I was waiting for another book to come in and let me tell you what a good ‘on the whim’ read it was. I was enthralled from the very first page when Nolan complimented Sarah at her sister’s wedding.
He’d lived for those letters, he remembered. He’d imagined meeting and marrying Miss Sarah Matthews, and bringing his bride up to meet his friend at Beaumont Hall. But the visit was not to be—Jeff died, despite Nolan’s care and desperate prayers, and once he was gone, there was no real reason for Nolan to remain at Beaumont Hall. The “Spinsters’ Club” had invited him and a couple other candidates to come for Founders’ Day. He’d ridden southward, knowing Sarah Matthews would be as beautiful in person as she was interesting in her letters, and hoping she would not hate him because he was a Yankee.
He couldn’t stop his eyes from searching for her, though, during the next fortnight, as he walked to the hotel for some of his meals and to the mercantile for supplies. But he didn’t encounter the shy, golden-haired beauty making her rounds of deliveries to either place.
Nolan, a Yankee doctor from Maine, corresponds with Sarah through letters, each a little smitten – him a whole lot more – until he arrives in Simpson Creek and Sarah discovers he is a blasted Yankee. To Sarah, he can just mosey his no good behind back to Maine, she doesn’t want to court the likes of him, but Nolan is a very patient and persistent man. He knows Sarah is a wonderful, good person through her letters, so he abides his time, letting her see that he is much more than a man from the North.
“So what are you going to wear?” Prissy asked. Sarah shrugged. “I don’t know…I suppose you have a suggestion, now that you’ve seen the entire contents of my wardrobe?” Prissy giggled. “I think you should wear that lovely red grenadine dress with the green piping. Very festive. And men like red dresses.” “I don’t give a fig what color Dr. Walker likes!” “Ah, but I said ‘men.’ You applied my generalization to Dr. Walker.”
“You…you’re an accomplished dancer,” she said, determined to give credit where it was due. “Surprised?” he asked. “I assure you, Miss Matthews, we Yankees do not all live in caves, coming out only to devour raw fish.” Before she could catch it, her mouth fell open at his gibe. “Are you making fun of me, sir?” He grinned. “Not at all. I was only teasing you, my thorny Southern rose.” How could one man be so infuriating? “I’m not ‘your’ anything, Dr. Walker.”
I just plumb enjoyed everything about this book, especially Nolan, and even the twist on Sarah’s fiancee whom is presumed dead. I have read several Love Inspired books, but I don’t often give them five stars, mostly four, so that should tell you something.