Promise to Obey by Stella Whitelaw

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Promise to Obey by Stella Whitelaw

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Category: Women's Fiction
Rating: 2.5/5
Reviewer: Sue Magee
Reviewed by Sue Magee
Summary: A good heroine but the hero annoyed the hell out of me and I wasn't convinced by the plot.
Buy? No Borrow? Maybe
Pages: 224 Date: June 2013
Publisher: Robert Hale
ISBN: 978-0719809781

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Jessica Harlow let her London flat and undertook a three-month nursing contract at Upton Hall to fill in the time before she took up a permanent post in Sheffield. It didn't start well: she got soaked waiting to be picked up at the deserted railway station and then she discovered that she was to nurse Lady Grace Coleman who was recovering from a hip-replacement operation and look after her two grandchildren. Five-year-old Lily was a delight, but overweight and asthmatic. Eight-year-old Daniel was autistic and on top of this Lady Grace was, er, difficult. What made her stay? Well, despite a humiliating romantic experience with a doctor in London she was rather taken by Lucas Coleman, a talented plastic surgeon - and she was obstinate enough to decide that she was going to make a go of it. Besides, where would she live if she left Upton Hall?

I was quietly impressed by Stella Whitelaw's first book and thought that Money Never Sleeps was a good read if not quite up to the standard of Midsummer Madness. I looked at Promise to Obey to see if Whitelaw was back to her original form. I didn't think that she was.

Whitlaw has a talent for the strong heroine and I liked Jessica Harlow even if she did seem to take some rather strange decisions. I didn't like - and really couldn't warm to - Lucas Coleman who as the hero was someone you should really cross the road to avoid. He jumped to silly conclusions, mistrusted and made decisions far too quickly and frankly annoyed the hell out of me. Added to this there were several points where the plot didn't seem to stand up. I felt as though I was reading a first draft rather than a finished product. I was disappointed.

For another story about a young woman who leaves London for a short spell in the country, you might like to have a look at Country Loving by Cathy Woodman.

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