Jury of His Peers & Any Sunday
This is a “two book collection” rebranded under a new title and cover with a new copyright date of 2012. Originally these were published separately under Jury of His Peers (1986) and Any Sunday (1988.) There is a sweet note from the author explaining how her daughter read these and loved them, and they decided to update the books, thus the reissue and new copyright.
Having read them, I can attest to the fact that they do not feel dated at all and I can understand why Debbie’s daughter enjoyed them. There is just no denying that Debbie writes a good love story.
Jury of His Peers is about a young woman on jury duty, who runs into her old high school nemesis. Caroline and Ted grew up together, but she always found him too perfect and constantly needled him. Ted grows up into a very good looking, kind man and when they meet again Caroline is shocked at the attraction she feels. She fights it every step of the way but Ted is a patient man.
Any Sunday features Marjorie, a young, independent woman who hasn’t been feeling well for a while. Her closest friend finally forces her into a doctor’s appointment with her own doctor. Dr. Sam is an ob/gyn and when it turns out Marjorie’s problem is an appendix about to rupture, he refers to a colleague, but assists with the surgery. Marjorie has no family, and Dr. Sam finds something about her most appealing so he takes care of her – going way above and beyond what most mortal doctors do. Quickly he realizes he can’t be her doctor and her boyfriend, and since he envisions a life with her, he forces her to find a new doctor. There are a few more hitches in their path to happiness, but happiness they find.
These are two quick reads and like all of Macomber’s books, very sweet, romantic love stories without a hint of sex. Give it to your grandmother or teenage daughter without a qualm.
12/15 Stacy Alesi, AKA the BookBitch™
THE UNEXPECTED HUSBAND by Debbie Macomber. Mira; Reissue edition (May 29, 2012). ISBN 978-0778313410. 368p.