Submitter: I think the man on the cover (that look on his face!) and Bridget’s hair are what struck me at first. Apparently there really is a Cat’s Head Point in northern Michigan! I had to keep the book, personally, just for a laugh from time to time.
Holly: 1994? I would have guessed early 1980s for a publication date on this one. This “Great Lakes Romances” series was a slam-dunk collection choice, especially in Michigan, when it was published almost 24 years ago. Libraries in the Traverse City, MI area might have a reason to keep it. The rest of us can let it go if it no longer circulates. There is a reader survey form (included with the images below) that is completely useless now. That guy on the cover does have an odd look. Is he supposed to look mad? Is the sun in his eyes? Is he plotting her demise?
Dr. Woodward’s Ambition
Paperback edition: 1948
Direct from the Carolyn Lehr Memorial Hospital, we get to pick into the drama of Doctor Woodward, who is capitalizing on his good looks and charm to climb to the top in the hospital hierarchy. This University teaching hospital was understaffed and hoping Doctor Woodward would pick up the slack. Unfortunately, Doctor Woodward was making his rounds on all the women in the hospital.
I only started this book, but it is a lot juicier than I expected. It isn’t a traditional romance (although Dr Woodward is a scheming ass). Woodward does not get the girl in the end.
Hospital Across The Bridge
We have a romance with a nurse trying to shape up a surgery department. Rosemary, our featured nurse, is appalled at the lack of standards and procedures. The autoclave is broken and sterilization is haphazard at best. (My inner germaphobe was screaming!) Naturally, there is a dynamic with an obnoxious doctor that doesn’t appreciate a bossy nurse talking to him about safe procedures.
However, just like every other romance of the time, Rosemary falls for Nicaise, our obnoxious surgeon. She has even seen him with a girlfriend. Spoiler alert! In the last chapter, Nicaise comes to appreciate Rosemary and stands up with other surgeons to endorse her procedures. Nicaise makes the moves on her and she hesitates because of the girlfriend issue, but come to find out the “girlfriend” is really his sister! So, instead of being a two-timing asshat, he is just an asshat. Ain’t love grand!