Playing Doctors and Nurses
This is a review of the 2009 book 'Angels in the Snow' by Sarah Morgan. I originally intended to read this over Christmas as the cover depicts a snowy scene and the book is set at Christmas time but I forgot that I had it so ended up reading it in February!
Hang on, is this a...
After around twenty pages, I thought that the book was just like a Mills and Boon romance and curiosity got the better of me. I looked at the publisher on the spine and it said ... M&B but there was a modern picture on the cover so it was in disguise a bit I think.
A little on the story line
The book is just typical for a M&B. Featuring Doctors and nurses, handsome twin men, ditsy nurses, cute children and sprawling country homes, it is a very good setting for a romance. The book is spilt into two halves, one devoted to each of the twin men, Daniel and Patrick. Both are tall, dark and devillishly handsome by the way. The timeline picks up a story of jilted lovers Patrick and Stella (who had been dating Stella). Both were unceremoniously dumped two years ago on Christmas day by their wife slash fiance so they console each other (but not like that) and pull together for the sake of Patrick's two kids, the adorably named Alfie and Posy. Two years on and Stella's back in town due back at work with her ex fiance Daniel and living in the barn conversion owned by Patrick (Danie's brother).
The second half of the book concentrates on the lovely Patrick and his new love interest, housekeeper Hayley. Hayley is also a Midwife and works at the local hospital with Patrick when they are both drawn in on an emergency. Hayley is a dab hand at water births (in a birth pool) and is a super midwife, becoming all the labouring mum's new best friends. Alfie and Posy love her too. Even the kittens at the barn love her. So will she stay on after her short houskeeper contract ends?
Putting aside the fact that this book is a M&B book, I quite enjoyed reading Angels in the Snow, well timed as we got a few days snow here whilst I was reading it so it was a good excuse to not venture out and curl up with a book for a bit. Whilst the romantic nature of the book was a bit 'swooning' and 'lusting' and a lot communicated just by looking at each other, I didn't min it for a change.
All the characters in the book were likable in their own ways. At first Dr Daniel seems a bit aloof and tied up in himself but we soon see his softer side particularly in his volunteer role as Mountain Rescue. Patrick comes across as a bit of a sap in how he tolerated his nasty ex wife and at first I wondered if he and Stella were destined to be together in the book but it seems the author had bigger and better plans for the both of them.
Set in the Lake District, there is a nice imagery in the book of the snow capped mountains and a sexy scene in the forest behind the outdoor ice rink. To me you'd get a cold bum having it off in the snow but I'm not very tolerant of the cold and prefer to be in the warm!
I would say you can read this book even when it isn't Christmas. I can't bear hospital dramas on TV perhaps because I worked in a hospital and it's just not like that! I did think that some of the bits were not true, carrying on in a hospital where it seemed there was no management or other staff around the lusting couples a lot of the time. Having said that it is a nice relaxing read with a few twists and turns along the way that keep you guessing.