One Tiny Miracle by Carol Marinelli
Reading Level: Adult Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 1, 2010
Publisher: Harlequin Medical Romance
Pages: 192 pages
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry
Dr. Ben Richardson lost his beloved wife, a fellow doctor, and his unborn child four years ago, and he is still in mourning. He is making a new start at the emergency department at a hospital in Melbourne, Australia. Since being around pregnant women recalls traumatic memories, Ben is both drawn and repelled by his beautiful, extremely pregnant neighbor. Then he learns that Celeste is a nurse in his department at the hospital, and it is difficult to maintain his distance, either at work or at home. Celeste is clearly struggling financially and physically, and it is impossible for Ben to see how much she needs emotional support and not try to, at the very least, be a friend.
I'm not usually a fan of pregnancy romances, where the heroine is pregnant with another man's child when she meets the hero, but this book was free, and I thought I'd give it a try. I personally am a bit squeamish (and incredulous) when the hero is utterly turned on by the heroine's gestationally swollen figure, so I was relieved that in this book Ben and Celeste don't have sex until well after the baby is born. It is also nice that they are friends for a long time before they become lovers.
The romantic conflict of Ben's mourning his wife is movingly done, and Celeste is believably hurt and discouraged by the abandonment of her baby's father.
This is definitely a Cinderella story, and the heroine is so pathetically bad off, it is rather hard to read sometimes, but the hero nobly rides to her rescue on numerous occasions without being obnoxiously perfect or causing her to seem totally helpless.
All in all, this is a good read for people who like stories about an abandoned pregnant woman who finds true love.
The Kindle edition is well edited and formatted.
I rate this story as follows:
Romance Plot: 4