The Physician's Irish Lady by Susan Macatee
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I don't know where I got this book (I'm thinking free download) but I have been wanting to read it for awhile now. I knew putting on my TBR Pile this year would mean I would get to it and I was happy to finally get to it, but as you can see by my rating I wasn't thrilled.
The story idea was good. An Irish lady escapes from indentured servitude in Australia and ends up in NYC. There she escapes being forced into prostitution and ends up on a train leaving Philadelphia. She treats herself to an upgraded ticket and faints. On the train is a doctor, who is very upstanding and he can't leave this poor girl alone at the train station. So he take her home with him to his little Pennsylvania town where he lives with his aunt. The bad guy who tried to force her into prostitution shows up and claims she's his wife but with no proof the sheriff won't let him take her. In order to protect her the doctor's aunt thinks they should marry and they do.
This is the basics of this story and this sounds great to me, but the story lacked romance for me. These two barely share any page time courting and next thing you know they are married which is what they both want because they do love each other.
The other thing I would have like to have seen was a bit more of her back story. Instead of just a summary of what happened, I would have liked at least a few scenes set in either of the two bad spots in her life. Something just for comparison to how good she's got it now living with the doctor.