Monday, January 16, 2012

Review # 104: The Fugitive's Doctor - A Novel by Deirdre-Elizabeth Parker

Description:
     The Fugitive's Doctor is a fictional biography of a doctor named Doretha Vaughn who, after years of stress and heartbreak over the death of a child and a failed marriage, decides to find love online - and is successful. She meets Sam Cawley, an amazing, talented, and caring man, although secretive, who treats her like she's royalty and makes her laugh; and for eight years they are together and happy. However, as the old adage states: "if it's too good to be true, it usually is...", and Doretha finds out the hard way when she discovers that Sam Cawley is really William Wallace, an escaped felon who has been on the run for seventeen years and is now wanted for identity theft/fraud. So what does she do? She stands behind her man, knowing what kind of man he's been for the past eight years, and does her best to get him back - For better or for worse.
Review:

     When I first received this book, I actually thought that it was a nonfiction biography, until I read Chapter 32 - fooled me. Deirdre-Elizabeth Parker has written a very interesting and realistic story of unconditional love with an engaging plot and well-developed characters. The story line was unique and full of events that made me constantly re-evaluate whose side I should be on - William and Doe's, her families, or the law's. I never knew what Doe was going to dig up about William and his history, but with each new fact, a piece of the puzzle emerged, bringing me closer to the characters. The writing style and dialogue were easy-to-read, detailed, and had a memoir-feel, making the book hard to put down, but the chapters were short enough that there were adequate pause-points for breaks. With every chapter I got closer to finding out if Doe and William would ever be together again, and the ending left me wondering, so I will definitely be on the lookout for  Deirdre-Elizabeth Parker's next book The Doctor's Fugitive. Now that I am invested in these characters I really want to know what becomes of them, especially since so much time goes by in this book. William and Doe's ups-and-downs will shock, surprise, inspire, and redeem the readers faith in the power of love. Overall, I thought that The Fugitive's Doctor was thought-provoking, original, and a highly-recommended read for lovers of any genre.

Rating: On the Run (4.5/5)

*** I received this book from the author (Book Shots) in exchange for an honest and unbiased review!

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