by Hannah Alexander
Paperback: 345 pages
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Released: March 1, 2002
Source: Bought through Half.com.
Book Description, Modified from Back Cover:
Lauren moved to Dogwood Springs to make a new start away from family pressure to find a husband. Now she finds herself drawn to a man who does not return her interest. Archer was happy to be back at his childhood home, but rumors threaten his future there. Grant hoped Dogwood Springs would be a nurturing community for his twins, but he is discovering that drugs and violence seem to be everywhere. Gina moved to escape her constantly fighting family, yet now her own children are at risk and she has nowhere to turn. Can these four provide help to needy ER patients while desperately searching for peace in their own lives?
Second Opinion is a Christian medical suspense novel with some romance. It's the first in a series, but one character is carried over from the authors' "ER Trilogy" (which starts with "Sacred Trust"). You don't need to read that series to understand this one.
The suspense mainly comes from an unknown illness that is striking only this community--what is causing it? The characters also dealt with issues like the pressures put on the pastor, untrue gossip that is destroying the reputation of two upright people, and drug trafficking in a small town. The characters were likable, complex, and reacted realistically to events. I was left wanting to know more of their story even though the book could be read as a stand-alone.
Several of the characters were Christians. They came across as realistic people whose faith affected their lives, but they're also struggling with trusting God with their futures...especially when His people don't always behave in a loving way. There was no sex. There was a very minor amount of "he swore" style of bad language. Overall, I'd highly recommend this enjoyable and well-written novel.
If you've read this book, what do you think about it? I'd be honored if you wrote your own opinion of the book in the comments.