Kissed by the Country Doc

Kissed by the Country Doc

by Melinda Curtis

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She came to sell a town…

But she found a home

Never in her wildest dreams could single mom Ella Monroe imagine co-inheriting the small town of Second Chance, Idaho—or falling for its curmudgeonly doctor, Noah Bishop. Despite his rough edges and protests for isolation, Noah has her believing in love at first sight again. But when she’s pressured to sell her stake, Ella is torn between family loyalty and following her heart.

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ISBN-13: 9781335510549
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 02/05/2019
Series: The Mountain Monroes
Edition description: Original Large Print
Pages: 384
Sales rank: 1,246,345
Product dimensions: 4.11(w) x 6.58(h) x 1.02(d)

About the Author

Melinda grew up on an isolated sheep ranch, where mountain lions had been seen and yet she roamed unaccompanied. Being a rather optimistic, clueless of danger, sort she took to playing "what if" games that led her to become an author. She spends days trying to figure out new ways to say "He made her heart pound." That might sound boring, but the challenge keeps her mentally ahead of her 3 kids and college sweetheart husband.

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Kissed by the Country Doc 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
lghiggins 9 months ago
The Monroe family is the center of this new Heartwarming Harlequin series The Mountain Monroes. The first novel, Kissed by the Country Doc, by Melinda Curtis, opens with the reading of Grandpa Harlan Monroe’s will. Full of surprises for the Monroe heirs, the will sends some of the younger generation of Monroes off to Second Chance, a small mountain town in Idaho. One of them is Ella, a Monroe by marriage, but widowed for two years, with an adorable two-year old. What will happen when Ella, after a childhood of foster homes and seeking a love that will last, encounters Dr. Noah Bishop, whose successful career as an orthopedic surgeon was crushed in an accident? As snow strands the four Monroes in Second Chance, we learn more about them, the inhabitants of the town, and its mysterious history. In fact, we discover just enough to pique curiosity about the origins of the town and why Grandpa Harlan left the town to his grandchildren. The Monroes are divided about what should be done about the town—sell it off, try to inject new life into it, reinvent it as a high-end tourist destination, or some other solution. Their inheritance could be a blessing or a disaster, and perhaps the hardest part will be to get all of the grandchildren to agree on a decision. Since sixteen relatives of Harlan Monroe are shown on the handy family tree included in the book, I feared I would have trouble distinguishing and remembering all of the characters. That actually is not a problem as only four of them, plus Ella, are characters in this book. Ella is a very likable character as is her daughter Penny. More of a puzzle is Dr. Noah Bishop who struggles with his identity as a former surgeon whose hand injury keeps him from what he and his family view as his full potential. The author cleverly helps the reader understand the dual nature of Noah as he struggles to disassociate the man who falls hard for Ella and her daughter from the jaded, self-loathing failure, Dr. Bishop, by sharing the reactions of both. For example, “Dr. Bishop fell off his stool in a dead faint. Noah’s reaction was equally shocking. His mouth dropped open and his waffle-loaded fork hung in midair.” Both Ella and Noah have issues to overcome to be able to give and receive love. Read Kissed by the Country Doc for a sweet romance in a snow-covered mountain setting. Add in a lovable two year old and an injured dog and hang on to your heart so you don't lose it in Second Chance. I am looking forward to more stories about members of the Monroe clan and the fate of this little town and its residents. I would like to extend my thanks to Melinda Curtis for giving me the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review.
BrittanyMc 11 months ago
Kissed by the Country Doc really was a heartwarming story. Ella and Noah were emotionally vulnerable characters, who both struggled with events from the past which impacted their view of present day situations. It was interesting to get a peek into Noah’s past and see the type of person he used to be. His personal value was all wrapped up in his prestigious profession. Ella had much tragedy in her past, including the fairly recent loss of her husband. Ella’s desire to be considered a member of the Monroe family added a lot of worry to her shoulders. I loved the interactions and attraction between Ella and Noah. And Ella’s daughter, Penny, was a sweet addition to the story. I loved the way she interacted with Noah, as well. This is the first book in the Mountain Monroes series. Many characters are introduced and I am looking forward to reading future stories set in this fun location! (4.5 stars) I received a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
LoriP123 11 months ago
I really enjoyed Kissed by the Country Doc by Melinda Curtis. It is the first book in the new series The Mountain Monroes and is Ella and Noah's love story. This story is reminiscent of the fairy tale Beauty and the Beast which is one of my favorites so I was thrilled to read this contemporary version of it. Ella Monroe along with others in the Monroe family are surprised at having inherited a small town in Idaho called Second Chance. Can they each find a new life and love in a small town called Second Chance? I was given an ARC from the author/publisher. All conclusions are mine and mine alone.
tiggeruoSO 11 months ago
I really enjoyed this love story. I enjoyed how independent Ella is and how what came across through the whole story was how important her daughter and her well being is. In this story Ella seeks a family and she needs to find who she is in order to find the family she has alway wanted. I really like how the other Monroe's made sure she felt like family and she was just as important as they were. I was not a huge fan of Noah he bugged me at first but he grows on you in the end. This book very much feels like you are catching up with friends and not reading fiction. I loved how clean this book was and how it was a quick and easy read. I can't wait to read more of this series and see what's in play for the rest of the Monroe clan.
gdsnv 11 months ago
Great start to what I hope will be a long series (there are so many cousins to write about!) revolving around the Monroes. Kissed By the Country Doc is about Ella Bowman Monroe, widowed “grandchild” of Harlan Monroe. Her story is sad and sweet and will clutch your heart from the first pages. The author writes a great story so I won’t try to do it again – as if I could – but Ella and her adorable daughter Penny end up with some of the other Monroe grandchildren in Second Chance, Idaho. I really felt the angst and pull of Ella’s feelings; she was full of doubt about her place in the family and the world. And then she meets Noah Bishop. He’s the town doctor – very rough around the edges – and there’s a connection between them that just won’t be denied. No matter how hard they both try. Penny, of course, steals Noah’s heart, but the story is about what Penny and Noah must personally deal with in order to move forward with life. I will say that the storyline surprised me; it went in a direction I hadn’t thought it would. Anytime that happens, I am happy! Although there is an overall story arc, this book is a standalone. You will, however, see that there are more stories to come, at least I hope so. KBtCD will touch your heart, maybe make you sniffle, and then wonder what happens to the rest of the Monroes. Well, at least I HOPE we find out the rest of the story… I really enjoyed it and can’t wait to read more.
grandmareads102 11 months ago
Ella Monroe is a single mom. She lost her husband in a car accident a month before her daughter was born. His wealthy family looks after her, but now with the death of Grandpa Monroe she might lose them. Now she's in Second Chance, Idaho, checking out the town to determine its worth. After all the Monroes have to learn to stand on their own. Ella finds herself drawn to Noah Bishop, the grouchy town Doctor. He's hiding out here from reality and his lost dreams. With her life changing drastically, has she found love a second time? Ella has survived so much loss. I admired her courage. She's a loving mother and protective of the Monroe Family. Noah can't cope with the changes in his life. An airplane crash destroyed his career as an orthopedic surgeon. I hated how he felt that he was a beast because of his scars. Second Chance plays an important part in the story. I wondered what plans the Monroes will have for this town. Melinda Curtis has written a romantic story filled with diverse characters. Right now there are multiple stories that need to be resolved in future books. I'm looking forward to learning more about the Mountain Monroes. I received a copy of this book which I voluntarily read and reviewed. My comments are my honest opinion.
JuliaAD 11 months ago
This is a good start to a new series. Ella is a widow with a little girl. Noah is a wounded surgeon hiding out in Second Chance, Idaho. They both need a second chance. Ella just wants a family. Her mother was a teenager on her own, but died when Ella was young. Noah was a surgeon to many athletes until his accident. Now he feels useless. Ella believed in love at first sight but believed it could only happen once and she had her one time, but when she met Noah, she started thinking that lightening could strike twice. If only the doc would let her in. Noah comes from a perfect family and he isn't so perfect now. How can he love someone else when he doesn't even care about himself?
Amigagal 11 months ago
If I could give more than 5 stars, I would! I just really enjoyed these characters and their development! The story line was intriguing and I didn't want to stop reading until I finished the book! Other reviewers have outlined the plot so I don't need to rehash that but I fell in love with the main characters, Noah, Ella and sweet little Penny. Ella's background leaves her desperately wanting to belong to a family. Even when she marries into the Monroe family, it's on shaky ground when her husband dies shortly after they are married - where is her place in this big, wealthy family now? Noah is from a wealthy family and his future has always been laid out for him. He was an outstanding orthopedic surgeon to the most famous sports stars. When he can't do that anymore, where's his place in the world? These two lost souls try to navigate their "worlds" and their budding relationship. Throw in the sweetest little girl named Penny and a rescued, injured dog named, Dog and you have a wonderful story! Can't wait for more in this series!
ReadsWithGranddaughters 11 months ago
I loved this initial book in this new series. Some of the characters are introduced and the low population of Second Chance, Idaho, located in the middle of nowhere, is a snow-filled wonderland. The family of Harlan Monroe is divided over the terms of his will, including the inheritance of Second Chance. The residents have no idea of what will happen to them in the future and whether they will be able to continue living there. Twelve grandchildren are the new owners, and some of them go there to begin assessing the town. Ella Monroe married into the family, but is left without her husband, who passed away. Her two-year-old daughter, Penny, is one of the grandchildren, and they do go to Second Chance. Ella meets the town doc, Noah Bishop, and this book is mainly about the two of them and Penny. The characters vary from quirky, cranky, kind and generous, and angry, and the story is well put together. I look forward to what happens in the future. I really enjoyed it. [I received this book from the author and my opinion is my own.]
LynnB888 11 months ago
4 1/2 STARS! Recognizing new beginnings! With the kick off to her new The Mountain Monroes series, Melinda Curtis brings us the story of Ella as she continues to learn how to move forward after loss. She isn't always sure where her place is in the family, but she knows she won't give up on the spirit of being a Monroe anytime soon. This book laid a good groundwork for the series and has me looking forward to more to come. Really enjoyed! Ella Monroe treasures the family that she married into. As a widow raising a darling little girl, she still considers them her own, so when they need her to accompany them to the town they all inherited in Second Chance, Idaho, she's there! Adjusting to a slow country life is easier than she imagined since there's a handsome doctor catching her eye! Doctor Noah Bishop isn't living the life that he always dreamed of anymore, but he's making do in Second Chance. Meeting Ella and Penny awakens a passion for life in him that he hasn't recognized in a long time. Can this be the wake-up call that he needs to live the life he's always wanted?
Guitarmomma19 11 months ago
Such a sweet, sweet romance! I loved the playfulness and the fun these two had getting to know one another.  Her world is turned upside down once again. But this affects her daughter too. She has no choice but to go a g and see what's happening. Ella's family is in a shambles. After her Grandfather in law's surprise will, the family has no choice but to go to a little town called Second Chance, Idaho and see what makes this town so special he would buy it.  Showing up in the middle of winter with snow storms coming from everywhere wasn't the smartest of choices. But they want to evaluate and see how much the town is worth. And with Ella's experience in real estate they want her too. With her 2 yr old daughter Penny sick it worries her. And getting snowed in with the town doc, Noah has its advantages.  Noah is hiding. Once a powerful surgeon, he's now a lonely shell of himself. But Emma and Penny brighten up his days. And any way he can spend time with her, even to go thru the old buildings, he's all for it. But as his feelings grow, can he trust that she will accept his deformity and see him for what he is? Emma can't be falling in love again can she? Twice in one lifetime is impossible. Or so her in laws will think. After losing Bryce she was a mess. But Noah makes her feel again. She can trust her heart can't she?? Things are so confusing for her. But when she sees him as more than a doctor, in his element he shuts her out. Her heart is breaking again. She just isn't ready, is she? Noah must become whole to win her. He knows she loves him, but he has to love himself too. Will he be able to make both of their dreams come true and be everything she needs?