Life Support by Nicki Edwards
When emergency nurse Emma Chirnside's husband dies unexpectedly, she finds herself tangled in lies and secrets. The last thing she expected to receive from him was a heritage listed mansion in her home town of Birrangulla, but with her in-laws causing chaos, she flees to the country, hoping to rebuild her life. Fleeing, it turns out, creates new complications. The estate manager is none other than her teenage crush Tom Henderson.
Tom hasn't thought about Emma since high school. They'd always been friendly – like Emma, Tom knows how it feels to care for a sick mother from a young age – but as far as Tom was aware, they were nothing more than friends. He had no idea of Emma's feelings for him, or the way he'd once broken her heart.
When their worlds collide again, Emma realizes the depth of her feelings for Tom, and wonders if she's been given another chance to find true love. But Tom has demons of his own.
Will Tom's secrets drive them apart and break her heart again? Or will they both get their happy ever after?
This is the third book in the Escape to the Country series. You don't need to have read the first two books to enjoy this one. I have, and I think this is the best one yet.
I loved the familiar Australian setting. The fictional rural town of Birrangulla is not far from where my Mum lives and each time I read references to Bathurst, it made me smile. I enjoyed all the medical scenes and even in such short scenes, I came to care about the patients. I was curious to find out what happened to them next, but true to the life of a nurse, once a patient has been transferred out of your care, you don't often find out. There were medically related scenes that had me all choked up.
The heritage listed mansion was about as close as we can get to a fairytale castle in Australia, and all I wanted was for Tom to ride in on a white stallion, sweep Emma off her feet and live happily ever after. You'll have to read it yourself to find out if they do. (It's a romance novel - of course they live happily ever after)
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
- Where: Netgalley
- Format: ebook