by Janet Lane Walters

November 2003
ISBN: 1-58608-380-5
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At the beginning of A Double Opposition, nurse Liz Jordan, moved her twin boys and father-in-law from the city to the smaller town of Eastlake. At their stage of independence and age (nine), the twins had started to develop bad friendships and Liz feared they would soon be getting into trouble. She wanted to move to a smaller community where she felt they would be safer, and where she had gone to nursing school and still had friends. She saw only one fly in the ointment, and that was Dr. Jeff Carter. She’d fleetingly met the father of one of her friends years ago. Although she was attracted to him as a man, they'd kissed really because they'd shared a moment of loneliness. Unfortunately, Dr. Carter had backed away, causing her acute embarrassment. Still, for years she had spun daydreams around the man. Now that she was returning to the scene of the crime, so to speak, she wondered how she would react to seeing him, working with him.

The boys had been fatherless since infancy, when their dad, a volunteer fireman, gave his life in an heroic effort to save another child. Because of this, Liz is wary of promises made to the boys that can’t—or won’t—be carried out.

Jeff Carter was married for many years to a woman he’d known since childhood. They’d been partners every step of the way in their lives and he believed that she was the only love he’d ever need. Even years after her death he didn’t feel the pull to another woman. Until Liz Jordan moved to town and took over as nurse manager in a unit of the hospital where he had patients. He doesn’t immediately remember the embarrassing moment they’d shared years ago, but suddenly he finds himself scheming to be near her, and near the boys.

Liz, believing that Jeff still loves only his wife, is frightened, both of her growing love that she fears isn’t returned and of the warm feelings her sons develop for Jeff. She thinks they’re all going to be left high and dry when Jeff is through with them.

Add to the love element the huge mess Liz walks into as nurse manager of the ortho/neuro unit, and the storyline grows. Delores Forbes had wanted not only the nurse manager position but Dr. Carter, and she’s not a happy camper. The conflict extends to Liz’s home life, too, since Delores and her hateful son live across the street. Waiting for her comeuppance is part of the anticipation in the story.

As a reader, I didn’t see Liz grow much as a character, but the sudden interest Jeff discovers in Liz was fun. I liked it a lot that Liz was a good mother and strove to teach the twins good life lessons.

I found A Double Opposition to be a quick read and enjoyable. If you’re looking for a nice contemporary, and especially if you like medical or nursing love stories, give A Double Opposition a try.

Reviewed in December 2003 by Kris.

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