on April 24, 2014 :
Characters: Tim, Tara, Jack, Becky, Tim’s father, Dr. Samuel Swanson, sleepy Campbell, Montana. What could possibly be interesting about this, especially for a died-in-the-wool city guy like me? Not much. Or so it might seem. But with these five characters, M. M. Justus’ “Much Ado in Montana” proved to be a very compelling read. I couldn’t put the darned thing down.
When newly minted doctor Tim Swanson arrives home for his father’s 75th birthday “for only a few days,” he’s in for some surprises. His dad want him to take over the clinic. What is he to do? He does, after all, have a job awaiting him at Seattle’s Harborview Medical, and he doesn’t want to spend his life as a doctor in the Podunk town where he was born and raised. After working so hard for his M.D., Campbell, Montana is not his dream. Until he finds his heart reawakened by his old love Tara, who seems to hate him.
There are two love stories here, plus one, the 5th being Tim’s reawakened love for Campbell and its people.
I like the way M.M. Justus tells a story, and I love her characters, every last one of them. They are real people, the kind that stick around in one’s memory for a long, long time, like old friends (even when they’re being a bit of a pain-in-the-butt). This may be the first of M.M. Justus’s novels I’ve read, but it won’t be the last.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on April 5, 2014 :
Double the romance, double the fun!
This book had 2 romances for the price of one. Each was temporarily derailed due to misunderstandings and trust issues. They tied in well with each other, and with the sub-plot of an aging doctor coming to grips with the fact that he needs to retire.
Our first couple is Tim and Tara. Childhood sweethearts, these two are soul-mates. Nobody else has ever come close to filling the void brought about by a misunderstanding 5 years ago. Tim has just finished his residency and is ready to begin a fantastic job at a world-class hospital in the big city. But he's come back home to convince his father that it's time to retire, while refusing to replace him, giving up his own dreams. Once he discovers that his true love has also returned home, however, he begins to look at his quaint home town with newly appreciative eyes. As Tim & Tara are finding their way back to each other, their best friends Jack & Rebecca have hit a road bump in their own relationship... and just after becoming engaged, too! But both stories come through in the end, as we see not one, but two happy endings.
I absolutely LOVED this book, and strongly recommend that you try it yourself.
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)