"Fine post Civil War romance"
In 1867, Holt Price plans to never work as a doctor again
as he lives the horror of butcher assembly line surgical
conditions caused by the Civil War bloodbath. All he wants
is to forget the atrocities and medicine, and find his
beloved and marry her. However, he cannot ignore his need
for vengeance against the traitor who sold out his unit,
leading to a slaughter.
In Galveston, Holt gets involved in the surgery of an
accident victim with a spoke stuck through his leg. The
town physician Dr. Moore never worked this type of accident
besides which he is drunk. At Moore's office, Holt meets
his medical peer's daughter Felicity, who helps. They are
attracted to one another, but she fears he will expose her
father as an alcoholic and he fears getting entangled with
her as his own father was a drunk.
This fine post Civil War romance emphasizes the traumas and
healing of people trying to regain equilibrium after the
world went berserk for a few years. Trying to cope with
alcoholism is brilliantly handled though why Felicity
thinks no one knows her dad is a drunk seems like too much
rationalizing. Leigh Greenwood continues to write some of
the strongest historical romances of the past decade; BORN
TO LOVE is further proof of this.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted May 24, 2003