That Certain Spark (Only In Gooding Book #4)

That Certain Spark (Only In Gooding Book #4)

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by Cathy Marie Hake
     
 

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Gooding, Texas, is about to gain a double blessing--a veterinarian and a doctor. But when siblings Enoch and Taylor Bestman arrive, the discovery that Taylor is a lady doctor has the town up in arms. Especially Karl Van der Vort, the town blacksmith, who becomes the first patient...against his will.

Though hesitant to believe in Taylor's doctoring skills, Karl

Overview

Gooding, Texas, is about to gain a double blessing--a veterinarian and a doctor. But when siblings Enoch and Taylor Bestman arrive, the discovery that Taylor is a lady doctor has the town up in arms. Especially Karl Van der Vort, the town blacksmith, who becomes the first patient...against his will.

Though hesitant to believe in Taylor's doctoring skills, Karl finds himself oddly protective of this surprising woman who dares to drive about town on her own, wearing the color red, for heaven's sake! Taylor, on the other hand, wants only to prove that doctoring is her life's calling, despite the town's opposition. The result? Pride meets attraction head-on, and sparks begin to fly.

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Publishers Weekly

Christian fiction writer Hake, who is also a nurse, offers her fans a mixed blend of fun, witticism and romance and a theme of medicine, with scenarios involving the care and keeping of man and beast. Against a backdrop of male chauvinist prejudice and smalltown small-mindedness, twins Enoch and his sister Taylor Bestman, veterinarian and medical doctor respectively, arrive in Gooding, Tex., with the best of intentions. What they find is a great deal of anti-female sentiment when it's discovered that Taylor, the new medical doctor, is a woman. Determined to prove herself, Taylor takes on whatever the little town can throw at her and slowly wins over most of the people's affections, including that of a stubborn blacksmith who views medicine as an inappropriate profession for a woman. Hake's text is sweet, to be sure; still, the plot resolves all too neatly and swiftly, almost like an unlikely miracle cure. (Aug.)

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That Certain Spark is a novel that will make you chuckle and warm your heart. There is a measure of suspense added to keep the pages turning, and the story has a surprise twist at the end.... If you enjoy historical fiction, and you enjoy characters with a little gumption, be sure to check out That Certain Spark.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441204592
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
08/01/2009
Series:
Only In Gooding , #4
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
352
Sales rank:
101,021
File size:
3 MB

Meet the Author

Cathy Marie Hake is a licensed nurse who worked for many years in an oncology unit before shifting her focus to perinatal care. The author of over twenty novels, she lives with her husband in Anaheim, California.
Cathy Marie Hake is a registered nurse who worked for many years in an oncology unit before shifting her focus to perinatal care. The author of over twenty novels, she lives with her husband and two children in Anaheim, California.

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That Certain Spark 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
DixiePam More than 1 year ago
I always enjoy Cathy Marie Hake's books. They are moving, relevant stories with off the wall characters that will make you laugh out loud while reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My teenage daughter highly recommends this book and this author. Quote: "That Certain Spark made me laugh, cry, happy, and it was inspirational."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have always enjoyed reading Cathy Marie Hake's books. My mom intruduced them to me a few years back. She is funny and thoughtful and has a way to bring you back in time to where the book takes place. I laugh hard when I get to a funny spot and my husband wants to know what I'm laughing at. And its a book, author, and set that I will pass on to my daughter and tell all my friends about it. Thank you
VicG More than 1 year ago
I had the privilege of interviewing Cathy Marie Hake, on our radio show "Kingdom Highlights", for her new book, "That Certain Spark", Book Four in The Only In Gooding series published by Bethany House. I wish there was a town called Gooding so that I could move there and meet and live with the amazing residents of that town, that's how good a story teller Cathy Marie Hake is. This time Ms. Hake returns us to Gooding when siblings Enoch and Taylor Bestman arrive to take up their positions as Veterinarian and Physician. The town does not have a problem accepting Enoch but there is real controversy over Taylor. See Taylor is a woman doctor and this is a practically unheard of thing in 1892. The story is about how Taylor goes about trying to get the town to approve her so that she can stay despite the fact that she has a four year contract. Then there is the additional romance that blossoms between Taylor and the Blacksmith, Karl Van der Vort. Ms. Hake is a master with names that have double meanings. The name of the town is Gooding which means there is good in the town. Taylor really is the Best man for the role of physician despite the fact that she is a woman; there are all these little additions that heighten the reading of the book. Then there is the title is that certain spark the spark between the town and Taylor Bestman for her to be physician or is the spark the romance between Karl and Taylor or is it something else. That is for the reader to decide. I just want the reader to come into this book knowing there are deep treasures to be found if only someone would look. I recommend this book highly and am highly looking forward to the next book in the series. If you missed the interview for "That Certain Spark" and would like to listen to it and/or other interviews with Cathy Marie Hake please go to www.kingdomhighlights.org where they are available On Demand. To listen to 24 Christian music please visit our internet radio station www.kingdomairwaves.org Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
That Certain Spark by Cathy Marie Hake is the fourth book in the Only in Gooding! series. Twin siblings, Enoch and Taylor Bestman, come to Gooding, Texas to take on the roles of veterinarian and doctor, respectively. Unfortunately, the townsfolk missed the note in her recommendation that Taylor is a woman and they aren't ready for a lady doctor in 1892. Including the blacksmith Karl, even after she saves his leg from amputation. Even though he doesn't agree with her chosen profession, he finds himself drawn to Taylor's strength and beauty, especially after she comes under attack from someone who wants to frighten her away. Meanwhile, Enoch has fallen head over heels in love with widow Mercy who runs the local boarding house, but their happy ending is threatened when she discovers something terrifying. Hake balances just the right amount of romance, humor, faith, and suspense in this enjoyable read. She handles Mercy's health crisis with a great deal of compassion and tenderness. Taylor is a delightful character full of spunk and intelligence, and the reader won't blame Karl one bit for falling in love with her, nor Taylor for falling for Karl's gentle strength. The only flaw was Taylor's discovery of the wrong-doer which didn't ring true and the revelation that exposed him seemed just strange. Aside from that, Gooding, Texas is a town I would love to visit again soon.
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I was really disappointed in this story. There was nothing interesting about the characters, and i did not like the banter between the two lead characters. It wa s just preachy in a talking at you way. Save your money.
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KarenLange More than 1 year ago
Readers won't be disappointed; sparks certainly do fly in Cathy Marie Hake's newest book. We find ourselves in the pleasant little town of Gooding, TX, the place that acts as the setting for many of Ms. Hake's stories. Taylor and Enoch Bestman have signed contracts to serve as the town's local doctors. Taylor is the medical doctor, and Enoch is a veterinarian.The twins aim to rescue Gooding from a serious shortage of good medical care. But will they? Upon the Bestman twins' arrival, townspeople learn that Taylor is a woman. Some of the residents are happy about this fact, but others, including the mayor, are not. Seems Mayor Cutter overlooked the portion of Taylor's paperwork indicating that she is indeed, a woman. Taylor sets out to prove her worth and skill. Her first test involves saving Karl Van der Vort's life. Karl and his brother Piet are the local blacksmiths who are surprised to find a woman doctor in their midst. Karl, especially, doesn't think it's proper for a woman to work as a doctor, but cannot deny Taylor's skill, and more importantly, his debt to her for saving his life. Karl wrestles further with his feelings as he admires Taylor's spunk, and finds himself with feelings for Taylor. How will Taylor respond? Will sparks fly between the two? And what of the sparks that fly between Taylor, the mayor, and the others opposed to her practicing in town? Hake provides an entertaining journey with unexpected events and colorful characters. True to the title, That Certain Spark really does make a difference in the resident's lives. I enjoyed reading this; can't wait to see what Ms. Hake cooks up next. I hope it finds us in Gooding once again!