At Odds with the Midwife by Patricia Forsythe: As someone who has worked in healthcare for many years, I always enjoy a novel that has medical aspects to the storyline. And this was an interesting and realistic topic, pitting a midwife up against a family doctor who believes babies should be delivered by doctors in hospitals.
Nathan is very much against Gemma opening up a birthing center adjacent to the hospital he is trying to bring new life into. Nathan also is back in the town where he grew up, and having to overcome many whispers and much bitterness from the community, the very community his father bankrupted the hospital of.
Nathan and Gemma grew up together and at one time were friends, though he never knew of her interest in him as greater than friends. They do share a common enemy, Cole, who is determined to cause trouble for them both due to years old hatred; Cole’s anger toward Gemma causes him to forcibly try to prevent his pregnant wife from seeking her care. Nathan and Gemma grow gradually fonder of each other while trying to fight their deepening feelings, and while Gemma tries to learn just what caused Nathan to have a lack of trust for her profession.
The characters Forsythe creates are relatable, and multi faceted. This is a story I truly enjoyed, and I do recommend to readers who enjoy a wholesome romance along with medical intrigue thrown in.
Gemma has always been a rescuer. Birds with broken wings, abandoned baby raccoons…anything that needs help. But when it comes to her lifelong crush, doctor Nathan Smith, she has to curb her natural instincts. All of them. Nathan doesn’t trust midwives, and he doesn’t want her help.
Back in town to restore the community hospital his father bankrupted, Nathan’s just as determined to shut down the birthing center. How can Gemma Whitmire save her center and prove Nathan–and the other critics–wrong? And more important, how can she stop falling for him?