Friday Fiction: A New Life for Nurse Paula

New Life for Nurse Paula coverA New Life for Nurse Paula

Yet another nurse romance. They keep crossing my path more than usual lately, so here we go again.

Nurse Paula, back from a tour in Vietnam, is having trouble adjusting to regular life as a nurse in a hospital. Depressed and a bit directionless, she takes a job as a private duty nurse to a wealthy millionaire named Jake Savage. Really. Of course he has a son that is convinced Paula is a gold-digging opportunist ready to take advantage of his father. Yep, it is a whole novel based on the classic “misunderstanding” between our two lovers. ┬áNaturally, when all the “truths” are revealed, everyone is happy and in Paula’s case, more or less recovered from her depression from service in Vietnam. Love really does cure everything.


Nurse Paula inside flap

Nurse Paula excerpt

Nurse Paula excerpt


  1. The Thomas Bouregy Co., publisher of Avalon, used to advertise their standing order plan with a flyer mailed a couple of times a year. There were testimonials from librarians in the flyer. The one I remember said, “We depend on the standing order. Our patrons are all but demanding.” Damnation with faint praise, I thought then and think of that whenever I see an Avalon book now.

  2. Cord? Cord Savage? Where do they come up with these names? It makes me picture a feral dog attacking electrical wiring or curtain pulls. Also, that description of his “rugged cheeks” makes me happy she’s got a medical background, because it sounds like he’s got a skin condition.

    1. One of those baby name websites has a visitor contribution, “A part of my first name is Cord. I was told once that it was an abbreviation of the first name Conrad.” But if it’s your name then it isn’t an abbreviation. It’s just your name. Unless Conrad is your first name, and it goes something like “Conrad ‘Cord’ Savage”. Do we see his driving licence at any point? Or his draft card?

      I don’t think you can be spry with a serious heart condition. Maybe the story bears this out. Mind you, it happens sometimes that a kid dies from an undiagnosed heart condition. Some of them are athletes, therefore probably spry. (Not all athletes are spry. Weightlifters aren’t.)

      Would a young single female nurse be able to adopt a child in Vietnam? And which side planted the landmine that took him out? I suppose it doesn’t really matter.

  3. They actually used “swanlike throat” in a non-ironic way in the 20th century? It’s like a primer on how to string together as many cliches as possible.

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