||Harlequin's Love Inspired
A pediatric emergency room doctor, who devotes her life to saving children, discovers she can’t save her own daughter without the biological father’s help.
“Your Daughter Needs You.”
She’s saved countless lives, yet there’s one person emergency room doctor Elizabeth Randall can’t rescue—her adopted daughter, Jordan. Perhaps meeting her biological father, Blake Crawford, will be the lineline Jordan needs. The handsome, guarded firefighter takes risks every day. But facing the daughter he never knew—along with lovely Elizabeth—has him thinking about family. With fatherhood thrust suddenly upon him, there’s no way he can turn his back on his sick child. Will working together to give Jordan a second chance at life also lead them to a second chance at love?
"Dr. Randall? Dr. Elizabeth Randall?" Pulling her focus from the patient chart in front of her, Elizabeth Randall snapped her attention to the tall man next to her. Anger simmered beneath her calm facade as she took in his brown hair and strong jawline covered with a hint of a five o'clock shadow. Under any other circumstances, she might have found the stranger attractive. Not now.
"Yes. I was wondering when you'd get here."
It was about time someone from Child Protective Services showed up. Mario Martinez-Alvarez had been at Agnes P. Kingfisher Memorial Hospital in Scottsdale, Arizona, just under two hours waiting for a caseworker to appear. The child's black eye and broken ribs had not been caused by a simple fall from a high chair. Mario's stepfather had been taken into custody and the mother had yet to be found.
Unlike some, Mario would recover, but each time a young innocent victim came through the hospital doors, her heart broke at the injustice. Children were precious. A gift from God that some people took for granted.
Not Elizabeth. Her fingers tightened on the pen in her hand until it became painful.
"Excuse me? You know why I'm here?"
"Of course. The boy has been transferred upstairs. Dr. Harris is his attending now." After signing her name, Elizabeth closed the chart and turned slightly so she could rest against the nurses' station. She took in the man's casual clothing—a dark blue Phoenix Fire Department T-shirt and jeans. In all her experience with CPS caseworkers, she'd yet to come across one dressed so casually, who didn't carry a briefcase or at least a notebook or day planner of some sort.
Maybe she'd been hasty in her assessment. "You are with CPS, aren't you?"
Uncertainty clouded his blue eyes as he shifted his weight. "No, I work for the City of Phoenix Fire Department."
"Oh. Sorry." Elizabeth softened her tone, feeling guilty for letting her bad day affect her work. It wasn't his fault her adopted daughter, Jordan, had developed another infection at her IV site. Crossing her arms, she gave the man her full attention. Concern furrowed the lightly tanned skin on his forehead. "How may I help you then, Mr….?"
"Blake Crawford. Blake William Crawford."
He spoke his name as if she should know him. He looked vaguely familiar now. If he worked for the fire department, it was quite possible she'd seen him bring in a patient or two, but they'd never been formally introduced. She'd remember meeting someone like him.
She grasped his extended hand, surprised to feel a slight connection. She shook it off as fatigue.
"Dr. Elizabeth Randall. But you knew that. I'm afraid I'm at a disadvantage here."
"I need to talk to you about my daughter."
"Your daughter?" No female children had been brought into the E.R. today and she'd already met the fathers of the few who had come in over the past week. None of them were Blake Crawford. "I don't believe I've met your daughter. When was she brought in?"
"Then I'm afraid I can't help you. Have you spoken to her pediatrician?"
"I have no idea who her pediatrician is. She doesn't live with me." He ran a hand through his short, cropped hair as his gaze darted around the area before it returned to her. "She's with you."
Romantic Times Book Reviews
Romantic Times Leslie McKee
Dr. Elizabeth Randall is used to successfully treating her patients, but she is unable to keep her daughter Jordan's leukemia in remission.
Jordan's biological father Blake had a strained relationship with his father and had always felt rejected by him.
Blake must learn to let go of the past in this emotional tale.
Touching, Heartwarming Story
Amazon 5 Stars LovesRomance
And Father Makes Three is a touching, heartwarming story of family, love, and second chances. Dr. Elizabeth Randall had devoted herself to helping people. But when her adoptive daughter gets sick with leukemia, she feels powerless. Blake Crawford, a paramedic, has had hurt and pain in his life and has shut himself off from feeling love. But when he finds out he has a daughter, some of the wall he's built around his heart begins to crumble. He wants to be in his daughter's life. Their mutual love for their daughter draws Blake and Elizabeth closer as they race to find a match for a bone marrow transplant, the only thing that can save their daughter's life. Elizabeth and Blake have both been hurt, and they resist the pull they feel for each other.
This wonderful, touching story made me cry in places. Kim Watters does an excellent job of pulling the reader's emotions as she draws us into the journey of discovery and spirituality Blake and Elizabeth must go through to find what God has planned for them and to forge a family together.
Book of Tenderness
Amazon 5 Starts Sandy Schmidt
Highly recommend this book. The author has a tender heart and knows how to weave a story that you want to read to the happy ending. It is a short novel with a spiritual insite. It puts God at the center of the story and I praise Him for the gift he gave this author to write a story that stays in your heart.
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