Along Came Polly…
Surgeon Johnny Griffin's world stopped when he lost his wife and unborn child. Now only his little patients can brighten Johnny's day. Until the moment bubbly new nurse Polly Seymour whirls into his ward and turns his life upside down!
She's the ray of sunshine this brooding doc needs–the only woman who can make him feel alive again. It could be the second chance Johnny's dreamed of…if he doesn't let her slip through his fingers….
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Pleasant enough but......
While I can't say that I didn't overall quite enjoy this penultimate book in the NYC Angels series I did have some reservations about it.
Although an age gap of 12 years between the hero and heroine is not always insurmountable the fact that Johnny is just about to enter his forties while Polly has a few years to go until she is 30 in some ways makes me think of them as different generations.
While you couldn't dislike either character I didn't feel that Johnny should have brought the darkness in his private life into his work on the staff side and while Polly is all sweetness and light this can be very annoying at times when perhaps people just want some privacy.
I was also puzzled as to why part of the plot relating to something which would not be relevant to the series overall was left incomplete.
Six point five out of ten
Reviewed by Desere Steenberg-South Africa
Finding the woman of your dreams having a family and being content is a gift and one that should be cherished as it can all be taken away from you in a heartbeat.
For Johnny Griffin he very nearly had it all, a beautiful wife and a baby on the way but life deals a cruel card his way and he loses them both. I reckon it takes a remarkably strong person to get over such a tragedy and find the strength to carry on with life. So naturally the person building up a wall around their heart is a reaction I can fully understand.
But as we all know it takes just one special person to break down the walls and put back the life in someone who feels half dead all the time. In book seven from the new Harlequin Mills and Boon NYC ANGELS series that person for Johnny is Polly. She is bright and cheerful, always able to make everyone around her smile, a true ray of sunshine on dark gloomy day.
Polly and Johnny soon start a relationship that goes from flirty to blazing hot in seconds. But when tragedy strikes again their new found happy ever after will be put to the ultimate test.
The character of Polly was really amazing for the reason that she shows she got up from the ground when life got her down. Her character proved that people are strong and determined when wanting to take back control, but as we all know that takes guts and getting there is never easy. Finding the strength to keep at it is a achievement all on its own, and getting rid of that sense of belonging is almost never achieved. I truly adored that she was such a strong woman, and the little trick she pulls to get Johnny's attention and bring him out from hiding was so risky yet at the same time an awesome touch.
The character of Johnny was one that made me want to cry I ached so badly for him, losing his happy ever after, finding it again and then very nearly losing it all again. I could understand his actions with going from lonely to needing action to letting go of it all and putting that wall firmly back in place, yet I was concerned that he would not get back up and fight. The author, however, did a remarkable job bringing it all in focus for this poor man.
The backdrop settings were fun, exciting but also laced with emotional drama, which perfectly captured the emotion unfolding between Polly and Johnny. It was as if the heartbreaking situations of a hospital and its staff, who fight to save lives, was being mirrored in the actions of Johnny, almost cold and unattached. As for me, I kept thinking that for Polly, that moment when a doctor literally saves a life and feels pride for what he has achieved factored in a turning point and the author perfectly let that spill over into the relationship between the two..
I loved the message this read gave me, everyone needs a little sunshine for when it's gone life will be a dark and lonely place.
I highly recommend this read for lovers of romance with heartfelt emotion that will bring you to the point of tears, for those who love a second chance romance written with exquisite detail, and most of all for any lover of Lynne Marshall books!
5/5 star review
"Sunshine melts away the icy grip of tragedy and lights the way to love"
#7 in the NYC Angels continuity didn't disappoint. Much heart and soul in this story, and Johnny Griffin got what he deserved - someone to light up his life.
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