Nurse Practitioner Thea Anastas loves her job, she truly cares about her patients, often going out of her way to help them especially if children are involved. Through her work she meets Shannie, a young girl suffering with appendicitis. Shannie only has a forgetful great-gran to care for her, so Thea goes with them to the hospital to make sure that she gets care because she is afraid that she might get lost in the system.
Dr. Ethan Brandenburg works at the Wishing Bridge Clinic with Thea, he has plans to return to the city to join a research team at a top hospital. He took a year off to care for his niece and nephew after the death of their parents, they are still adjusting to living with him, and Mara especially is having a hard time.
Thea and Ethan find themselves spending more time together after the clinic gets flooded ruining all of their equipment. Shannie is a friendly girl with a joyful spirit, she is very outgoing she keeps trying to be Mara's friend despite Mara's rebuffs.
Thea is strong and compassionate, she has a strong faith and she enjoys getting to know Ethan more, but doesn't believe that it will last. She's lived through pain in the past and doesn't believe that she'll ever marry.
Ethan is an excellent doctor and a good man, he is a man of science and doesn't give faith much credence. However, Thea has him thinking more and more about his late sister's faith, and how much he enjoys having Thea and Shannie in their lives.
I love the way that Thea and Ethan grow to known one another better, there is great dialog, with plenty of give and take, but also caution because they both know that the other is leaving soon.
I also really liked how this book followed Jazz as well, she is Thea's roommate and former model. She runs frequently and knows that if she goes back to modelling that it would be too easy to slip back into her eating disorder. Wishing Bridge has been good for her and her faith is strong.
I loved returning to Wishing Bridge and catching up with all of my favorite people. Ruth Logan Herne always does an excellent job of weaving together warm and welcoming communities with her books, bringing characters to life in memorable ways. A highly enjoyable read!
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