Twenty-seven-year-old ICU nurse Natalie Ulster has a desire to see the world, in case she dies young like her mother, and a need to heal, which is compensation for her own damaged heart. Armed with an independence and self-reliance that stems from her father s emotional abandonment and wanting to separate herself from a deranged nurse whose husband just died under suspicious circumstances on Natalie’s watch Natalie grabs life by the globe and accepts successive assignments in Belize, Australia, and Arizona.
When Natalie meets Dr. Joel Lansfield, a physician who is also familiar with grief, she finds that Joel sees her for the strong woman she is, and loves her for all she has yet to figure out but she s not sure she s ready to make room in her heart for love. Desperate to maintain her emotional distance with Joel, she continues to travel. In each country, however, she finds herself confronted with near-death accidents, from a poisoned drink to a severe food allergy to being thrown overboard in the Great Barrier Reef. Too many coincidences force her to ask herself a frightening question: Is someone trying to kill her?
As most of you know, I’ve had the privilege of being a part of the BookSparks 2016 Fall Reading Challenge and today’s post is one of the November books on the list. The “Course Title” for this book is International Nursing, and the Department is Medical Adventure.
The heroine of this story is 27 year old ER nurse, Natalie Ulster, who is a travel nurse out to see the world, worried that she might die young like her mother. Natalie is a self-reliant and independent woman who wants to separate herself from an out of control nurse whose husband dies under “suspicious circumstances” while Natalie is on duty. When Natalie’s life is threatened, author Emily Brett keeps readers on edge with this fast-paced “insider look” at life in medical emergency care departments.
Natalie jumps at an opportunity to travel as a nurse and takes an assignment to Belize and later to Australia. Soon Natalie realizes that she can’t get away from her past and that she must face the past in order to move forward to the future.
Natalie meets Dr. Joel Lansfield, who is a physician who is also familiar with grief. Dr. Lansfield sees Natalie for the strong woman she is and loves her, but Natalie isn’t sure she’s ready. She’s desperate to keep an emotional distance from the doctor so she continues to travel. She is forced to look at her life when she realizes that she has been subjected to several near-death accidents, from a poisoned drink to a severe food allergy to being thrown overboard in the Great Barrier Reef.
Personally, I found that Natalie’s language wasn’t what I would expect from an educated 27 year old nurse – I don’t consider myself a prude, but most times I’m certain the “f” bomb is unnecessary. I felt that some of the story was a little too unbelievable for my liking. Overall, the book was a quick read and if you aren’t set on knowing all the facts, you’ll breeze right through this one.
Emily Brett received her first bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado Boulder in Kinesiology, after which she went on to Arizona State University to receive a bachelor’s degree in nursing. While working as an ICU nurse, she earned a master’s degree in nursing at Arizona State. She is board-certified as an Adult Nurse Practitioner and has been in the nursing profession for over ten years.
Presently Emily serves on the Advanced Practice Committee with the Arizona State Board of Nursing, and shares a medical practice with her husband, a physician. She has been published in a number of medical journals, including The Journal for Nurse Practitioners and the Online Journal of Nursing Scholarship. She is also a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Emily currently resides in Scottsdale Arizona with her husband, three kids, and their rescue dog, Farley.
I received a complimentary paperback copy of this book from the publishers and BookSparks as part of the Fall Reading Challenge 2016 (#FRC2016) in exchange for this post.