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The Doctor is a Bride

(The second book in the Calhouns of Montana series)
A Novella by

This is a novella of approximately 33,000 words. It is a sweet, poignant love story in the western romance genre. It takes place mainly in 1880-1904 time frame. There is a single, tastefully written sexual love scene in Chapter 23, on Sarah and Trace's wedding night.
The book tells about Sarah Calhoun, a young girl on the Montana frontier, who, despite all odds, traditions and resentment of a female doctor, sets out to be one. In her senior year in high school, she develops a growing love for Trace Parsons, the son of a neighboring rancher. She pushes her love to the back burner, since there is no time for a boyfriend in her drive to become a doctor.
Trace comes down with glandular fever, just prior to their scheduled entrance to college. (Glandular fever was later renamed Mononucleosis.) Not knowing about the illness, Sarah takes his absence as rejection, and pushes on toward her goal, and applies for early admission to Johns Hopkins University Medical School in Baltimore.
After her second year at Montana State University, she is offered and accepts a slot in Hopkins' brand new pre-med program. Overjoyed, she reconciled with Trace. Things go well until she decides to cut her summer short by going to summer school. Accused by Trace of going back early to meet someone else, she rejects his excuse. There are no communications or contact for the balance of her pre-med, medical schools and residency.
Her life as a surgeon begins when she accepts a position at Helena's St. John's Hospital, where she quickly gains a reputation as an unusually gifted surgeon.
Two months after her return to Montana, there is a major explosion at a mine causing fatalities, and serious injury to several people. Called in to help, Sarah is asked to check the most recently admitted casualty. To her shock, on her operating table, she found a battered, bloody Trace, his life hanging by a thread. She asks another doctor to exchange patients, since she is still in love with him and emotionally attached. The doctor told Sarah she was the only one possessing enough skill to give him the remotest chance of survival.
How can she possibly face the mountain of responsibility of holding the life of her first and only love? How can she not give him his one chance of living?
This is Sarah's Story.


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November 2014 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Doctor is a Bride (The Calhouns of Montana Book 2)
Author(s): Susan Leigh Carlton
Publisher: Susan Leigh Carlton
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