Hallo, Hallo dear hearts!
Recently I had the chance to sample reading #HarlequinMedicalRomance – taking my bookish heart into a country I have felt romanticised and enchanted by for years (Iceland) whilst finding myself being swooned by the prospect of reading Medical driven story-lines after a proper sabbatical! I have been reading Harlequin stories (of their various imprints!) for years now – including as far back as my teenage years – so yes, a considerable amount of time! However, I hesitated to read the medical dramas & romances as outside of my teen years & my early twenties, I wasn’t as keen on anything to do within a hospital, a medical examiner’s ward (exception being Duckie & Abby’s labs!) or anything within the world of fiction therein.
I had tapped out so to speak – then, as I’ve been hosting for Prism for a little over a year now – I’ve become charmed by their authors and their stories. I’ve felt attached to these little gems of novels which Harlequin writers put out each month and which subscribers can receive by postal mail in the good old fashioned book club #bookmail fashion! I’ve been focusing on the Romance & Heartwarming lines of stories through Prism – however, with my Mum I’ve been dearly attached to their #LoveINSPIRED line of Suspense.
As you will notice throughout this conversation – Ms Ruttan and I share a lot of mutual interests & passions! I was inspired to host an interview to compliment my review as I had a good feeling about the writer behind this novel I read even from the cursory enquiries I had researched prior to accepting the blog tour itself! I love to research the authors I am considering to read – for blog tours or reviews (in general) and in this instance, it has led me to such a brilliantly lovely conversation!
The kind of conversation dear hearts I was itching to reveal to you and share *immediately!* after receiving but knew I had to keep patient until my second day on the blog tour arrived! Fear not – that hour is now here and I can finally offer this conversation for your readerly joy! As always, be sure you brew yourself a cuppa of your favourite tea or chai (or java!) before starting to read where the conversation took us!!
If you love to bake and being that it is Autumn – be sure to share what you had with your cuppa as I love finding out new bakery delights for this season of renewal!!
What I loved most about ‘NY Doc Under the Northern Lights’:
I nearly felt daunted by the fact this was Ms Ruttan’s 20th #MedicalRomance and it was my 1st romantic Medical drama in over two decades! Part of me wondered if I ought to have tried to ILL a few of her others before I received this one for review but then, a part of me rationalised if I loved reading this one, I could take my time and slowly borrow the others as I read through her backlist! That is the true joy for me as I discover new Harlequin authors I appreciate reading – the collective whole of their stories which can be read in intervals which lengthen the joy of revisiting with their characters!
One thing I appreciated in the opening chapters of NY Doc Under the Northern Lights is the calming ease I felt whilst settling into a medical drama after such a long personal absence from a genre I once loved! I never know if I can re-enter a genre I’ve placed on the back burner and with Ms Ruttan’s writing style the return for me was an enjoyable one!
The further I tucked into the novel, the more I wanted to know about these characters! The approach in telling their stories felt so intrinsically realistic. Everything moved steadily in an organic flow of reality – pacing us into their lives but also, giving full measure of how this family had underwent life changing circumstances to where they were all in a different stage of progress towards healing and resolution of past hurts.
Ms Ruttan placed me inside a romance of second chances, new beginnings and the unexpected twists life affords us as we’re living our life forward. These are the kind of romances I dearly love discovering and as I was mentioning on Twitter today (er, the 10th) I really love finding stories about the caretakers (as described in this tweet) – the men who are not afraid to give of themselves – to their families, to their loved ones and to the ones they choose to walk through life together. (see also tweet) (see also this tweet as well) How lovely then, the story I ended up reading the same day I read these exchanges of tweets, I found a writer who already encompasses the kind of relationships I love reading!
-quoted from my review of NY Doc Under the Northern Lights
An important message from the author:
I’m supporting Breast Cancer Awareness month with @Millsandboon! 10% of all copies of NY Doc Under the Northern Lights duet sold @ASDA will be donated to #TickledPink in support of @BCCare @BreastCancerNow. I’d love to see a snap if you see a copy in the wild! pic.twitter.com/mDSvsqe0gG
— Amy Ruttan (@ruttanamy) October 4, 2018
I couldn’t wait to retweet this special s/o of charity proceeds stemming from the sales of the story I am reading for review today. This is an insidious disease and it affects so many people we either know personally or know indirectly – one of my Aunt’s in my family had it but more recently, the journey Ms (Susan) Spann is taking climbing the #100Summits in Japan was showcased on my blog to highlight the empowering survival spirit of those who can beat the odds and to give inspiration to those who are continuously fighting for their life.
My full sympathies to you, Ms Ruttan! :( It is never easy to lose those we love but a Mum; a Mum is a hard loss. I'm so very sorry this insidious disease has been afflicting your fam for generations; can see why you've attached your novel to the cause & I hope #readers take note!
— Spooktastically, Jorie🧛🍂 (@joriestory) October 10, 2018
Let us take a moment to send a note of support to Ms Ruttan and to help spread the awareness of how this novel NY Doc Under the Northern Lights is making a difference with each book sold!
NY Doc Under the Northern Lights
by Amy Ruttan
Escaping the big city…
For love under Icelandic skies
When surgeon Betty Jacinth’s heart is broken once again, she takes a job in Iceland for a change of scenery. She expects cold weather—but not the frosty welcome she receives from gorgeous but brooding Dr. Axel Sturlusson! Now father to his orphaned niece, Axel gradually thaws, and a flame ignites—but when Betty’s ex begs her to return, can she make the right choice for love?
Places to find the book:
Also by this author: NY Doc Under the Northern Lights
on 18th September, 2018
Published by: Medical Romance (@HarlequinBooks) | imprint of Harlequin
Formats Available: Ebook and Paperback
Converse via: #Contemporary #Romance & #HarlequinMedical
OR #Harlequin w/ #MedicalRomance