Second Opinion

Second Opinion

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by Hannah Alexander
Book 1 of The Healing Touch by the author of Sacred Trust. Set among the staff of a small-town hospital emergency room, the book shows doctors and nurses searching for places of peace in their own lives while they seek to provide help to the needy in the ER.


Book 1 of The Healing Touch by the author of Sacred Trust. Set among the staff of a small-town hospital emergency room, the book shows doctors and nurses searching for places of peace in their own lives while they seek to provide help to the needy in the ER.

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Bethany House Publishers
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Healing Touch Series
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5.72(w) x 8.22(h) x 0.94(d)

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Lauren pressed some tissues into Gina's hand. "As soon as I get your feet cleaned, I'll put some temporary bandages on them and wheel you over to get your x-rays. On the way, we can check on your children."

"Thank you." Gina's voice was muffled against the pillow. She sniffed and mopped her face with the tissues. "I'm sorry about this. I'm not usually such a baby."

"You're not acting like a baby—you're acting like a worried mother with two children and a medical condition she doesn't understand. I wish I knew what to tell you. I don't think I'd be as brave under the circumstances." Lauren quickly revised her words. "Not that the circumstances are hopeless, Gina. My impression is that Dr. Sheldon is knowledgeable and thorough, and if anyone can figure out what's going on, he can." Lauren bit off her babbling as she finished cleaning the wounds and placed Telfa dressings over them.

She wrapped both of Gina's feet with gauze. "You can turn over and sit up."

When Gina did as she was told, Lauren saw that the mascara had spread even farther across her face. Time to try to lighten the mood, if possible. "Honey, you look like you've got a couple of shiners." She pulled her gloves off and reached for a paper towel. "Hold still for a minute." She dampened the towel and went to work on the makeup mess.

"Levi and Cody will think their mother suddenly turned into a raccoon." She grinned to assure Gina she was teasing.

Gina closed her eyes and held still while Lauren dabbed around her eyes. "Thank you."

"For what? You'd tell me if my makeup was smeared, wouldn't you?"

The copper-colored eyes opened again. "Thank you for taking such good care of Levi. He doesn'tusually trust strangers so quickly."

"You're welcome, Gina. He's precious. I'd love five just like him, but I need a husband first."

Gina grimaced and looked away. "Why? You can't depend on them. I tried."

"I can't imagine a daddy not wanting to stay around to watch those two angels grow up."

"Their father barely waited until Cody was born before he took off with somebody who didn't have any kids to tie her down." Gina's voice was layered with pain.

Lauren placed a hand on Gina's shoulder. Oh, Lord, touch her heart. Teach her that real love doesn't fail. Aloud, she said, "Then he's the one who will lose the most. Your children have a mother who obviously loves them very much."

"I left them alone tonight." Gina's voice wobbled and her chin dimpled in an obvious effort to control another onset of tears. "I can't believe I did that. I made a vow years ago that I would never allow my own children to feel the way—" She stopped and bit her lip, then straightened her shoulders and sniffed. "I'm sorry. This isn't your problem. I'll figure it all out later. Do I still look like a raccoon?"

Lauren wiped the last smudge, then stepped back to admire her handiwork. "Aha! Now I recognize you. You're Gina Drake from Respiratory, the one who's so good with children. No wonder your own kids are so sweet."

Something warmed in Gina's eyes, and Lauren thought she caught a hint of a smile before the worry took root once more.

"Levi was so brave while we treated him, Gina."

"Do you think he'll be okay to come home tonight?"

"We'll be sure and ask Dr. Sheldon when he comes back in." Lauren continued to chatter about how cute both little boys were and how the neighbor had told the staff how obedient the children usually were. She allowed her chatterbox mode to continue instead of stifling it midstream.

At first Gina watched Lauren's face closely, as if she were trying to detect any false note. But soon her expression relaxed. Lauren realized she was probably seeing a side of Gina Drake that few of her co-workers ever saw. Ordinarily, the respiratory therapist was calm and kind, but strictly professional. She kept to herself. She never showed any vulnerability. Some of the less inhibited male members of the hospital staff claimed that Gina was a snob because she turned down all invitations to lunch, dinner, breaks, or breakfast. Lauren always quickly informed them that was simply because Gina had good taste.

"Lauren," Gina said at last, interrupting the quick-paced monologue. She held Lauren's gaze with her own and worried her full lower lip with her front teeth.

"Yes?" Lauren sat down on the stool so they were eye to eye.

Gina's mouth worked silently for several seconds. Her face flushed, and her eyes watered again. "I'm scared."

"Of course you are, honey. Who wouldn't be?"

"I don't know what's happening to me."

"That's what we're going to try to find out." Lauren leaned closer. "Meanwhile, I want you to know that you do have a friend in town. I haven't been in Dogwood Springs very long, either, and I know how lonely it can get."

"Where are you from?"

"A beautiful place called Knolls. It's about an hour's drive east of here, and sometimes I think I must have been crazy to move. Do you ever feel that way?"

An invisible strain of tension seemed to fill the room. "No. Never. At least not until this happened."

"Good. I'll give you my home phone number before you leave tonight, and you can call me any time."

"Am I going to be allowed to leave?" Gina asked. "With my children?"

"We're going to do everything in our power to see that you do. In the meantime, it won't do you or your children any good to worry about it."

Gina studied Lauren's eyes for several seconds, then some of her tension dissipated, as if she had run out of energy to continue.

"How about lunch Monday?" Lauren asked.

There was a flash of surprise and then a nod that seemed to open the gates to a flood of gratitude. Lauren had never before noticed what an expressive face Gina had.

"Can I go see my boys now?" she asked.

"Of course; then we'll get your x-rays. Let me get you back into the wheelchair."

Excerpted from:
Second Opinion (HEALING TOUCH Book 1) by Hannah Alexander
Copyright © 2002, Hannah Alexander

Meet the Author

Hannah Alexander is the pen name that novelist Cheryl Hodde (pronounced hodd-ee) chose for the medical-themed novels she writes in close collaboration with her husband, Mel�an emergency room physician. Every medical scene you read in a Hannah Alexander novel reflects a Mel Hodde contribution to the story line. To date they have written 16 novels for major publishers.

Cheryl and Mel chose �Hannah Alexander� as their nom de plume to reflect the twin foundations of their fiction. Hannah means �her hope is in the Lord,� and Alexander means, �servant of mankind.� The Hodde�s live in Missouri where Mel practices medicine and Cheryl focuses on writing.

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Second Opinion 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
LynKaren More than 1 year ago
Great story - I really have been enjoying reading Hannah Alexander's books. She brings scripture into people's lives through their circumstances, and it helps us remember God is always near and puts us where He wants us to be. The title 'second opinion' will have a greater meaning when you near the end of the read. Enjoy!!
DonnaFletcherCrowDC More than 1 year ago
This book is full of questions that will keep you turning pages: Has Lauren found the idyllic spot of her dreams in Dogwood Springs? or has she jumped out of the frying pan and into the fire? And then things heat up even more when she is forced to work nonstop with the enigmatic Dr. Grant Sheldon. What is the source of the mysterious epidemic? Will these two dedicated medics be able to stop it? And who is behind the drug ring that is threatening their town?
teacozy More than 1 year ago
Hannah Alexander writes compelling medical dramas. Second Opinion, the first in The Healing Touch series, features faith-filled characters in a fast-paced medical suspense drama.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. So much so that I bought the other 2. I've found a new favorite author.
AngelaBycroftNZ 11 months ago
With the fast-paced energy of ER, Hannah Alexander’s Healing Touch starts wit a bang and is just what this medical fiction junkie needed. I loved the characters and the hospital setting but there was plenty of action outside of those four walls as well. With a mixture of suspense and drama, with great care and compassion. It’s a series that begs to be carried on with and I intend to do just that.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Hannah Alexander team creates characters that could truly be your real family and neighbors. And this one tops the list with breathtaking ER action with true to life dramas. I loved all the twists and turns involving each doctor, patient, neighbor and the christian love and beliefs they shared. You'll love Lauren and Dr. Grant and the love they find together in Christ!! Can't wait to read the rest of the series.
wareaglegirl More than 1 year ago
Great Book!!! You must read the whole series, as all are great. Wonderful insight into God's love and healing. I couldn't put the book down!!!
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singinlow More than 1 year ago
This book had me laughing out loud and it had me crying. Excellent Book
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Guest More than 1 year ago
'That's how it works. Heart to heart. One person at a time. You look into their eyes, and then you look deeper. You see their . . . I guess you'd call it their soul. You see their pain and identify. And you listen. That's the big trick.' Dr. Grant Sheldon has an instinct for separating the law from mercy and holding judgment when aiming to heal the whole person. The chaplain seeks spiritual answers in the life and death crises of the Dogwood Springs ER and the complexities of his own personal love life. Bitter family fights, a runaway mother, and an ER staff member dealing with her own illness mix with competent storytelling, careful attention to medical details and bringing God into the equation.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just barely held my interest