Most of the books I read contain one strong character arch. Always the heroine’s. A few of those also include a hero arch, though not usually as strong. After all, in Christian fiction, read by and often written by women, the lady holds the leading role in the story.
The Doctor’s Family Reunion strayed slightly from that norm. Maybe I should also use the adjective successfully. In this story, the hero’s arch is easily as strong and pivotal as the heroine’s. Such a treat!
Dr. Trent Lockridge has returned to remarkable Ouray, Colorado to heal. At least that’s what he believes. A visit to the quiet place where he found faith in the Lord seems perfect for a summer before starting his private practice. Especially after the scandalous death of his wife. Maybe he should have expected to encounter the old flame who had grown up there. But Trent has secrets and surprises, some of which threaten to overhaul all expectations of his future.
Trent is a bit of a LOST SOUL. He’s an introvert, wanting the peace of this small town to soothe away the pain of his guilt and tragedy. As a doctor, he proves he cares about people, but he’s searching for something to fill in the void of the family he never had.
Blakely Daniels is a single mom, struggling to maintain her father’s touring company and help her mother run her hotel. She’s a NURTURER archetype. That type focuses on people rather than projects. She’s not exactly a typical NURTURER because projects are a big part of her life, particularly running Adventures in Pink. But contrary to the self-assured BOSS archetype who has no trouble delegating duties and passing out directives, Blakely second-guesses herself. She cares about her employees and treats them like family. She also has elements of a FREE SPIRIT, yet spontaneity doesn’t work within the requirements of her current lifestyle.
These characters are deep and well-crafted. The shortened nature of a Love Inspired works well for this story. I loved the setting and could tell that Mindy Obenhaus holds a deep appreciation for this real Colorado town. Makes me want to go there. But even more, makes me want to read the next offering in this series.