"Betty Bolte transports readers back to a time where fear and uncertainty mingled with the peace and beauty of a New America." ~Verified Amazon Review
Modern Medicine Challenged Durring the Revolutionary War, Midwife Confronts Doctor in SAMANTHA'S SECRET by Betty Bolte
Charleston, South Carolina, december 1782
Midwife and healer, Samantha McAlester returns from the front lines to find Charles Town under British siege and the town's new doctor at war with its citizens.
Dr. Trent Cunningham intends to build a hospital staffed solely with educated doctors. What he doesn't need is a raven-haired charlatan spooning out herbs and false promises to his patients, while tempting him at every turn.
Then a mutual friend develops a mysterious infection. Trenton is stumped. Samantha suspects the cure but knows treatment will expose her long-guarded secret, risking all she holds dear... including Trenton.
Betty Bolte is known for her detailed research and true-to-period imagery. Her work delights readers who appreciate a historical experience with strong female characters. This story does NOT contain vulgar language and DOES include mildly explicit sexual situations. We hope you enjoy it!
"There was a whole lot to love about this historical romance – a strong heroine, a determined hero, and a nice glimpse of the past that was told through the story. " ~Em & M Books
"The writing is wonderful. The storyline is compelling. The danger will keep you apprehensive until the very end. The female characters are intelligent, creative, loyal and strong." ~Laura S. Reading
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4 stars This is the third book in this series and the story of how Samantha and Trent fall in love. Again in this book you get to read more about the characters from the first two book in the series. You get to learn more about Samantha's past and the reason why she made her vow to not marry in the first book. Samantha is the town midwife and healer. Trent has just finished school and moved back. he plans to bring his new medical skills to town and open a hospital. The first time he sees Samantha he is taken with her. However his plan for the towns medical needs will basically put Samantha out of work. They must come together to help heal Ben. At first they continually but heads but eventually they find a tentative peace with each for Ben's benefit. Trent seems to but his foot in his mouth more often than not when it comes to Samantha. He must find a way to show her how he feels about her and make her believe. Will Trent realize that there is room for both his medical ways and Samantha's in town? That one is not better than the other and they both have their uses? There is so much to Samantha's character. She has been through so much that no one knows about. She keeps her feelings very close to her and doesn't really open up about herself to anyone. Then there is also Samantha's parents that add to Samantha's worries. Samantha is totally taken by surprise by the why she feels about and responds to Trent. She doesn't believe he is interested in her at first and is determined not to do anything about her feelings for him. I can't wait to see if there is going to be another book in this series, maybe about Amy's sister Evelyn. This series pulls you in over the course of the books. It was a little slow at first but then you are completely pulled in over the course of the series. The book is well written and the characters are engaging. I would love to read what happens in the town now that the British have left. The books are about more than just the characters and how they fall in love. You are also reading about the change that is happening in the town and how the war changed things. Betty hints that there may be another book at the end of this one and i really hope there will be. I was given this book in return for an honest review.
There was a whole lot to love about this historical romance – a strong heroine, a determined hero, and a nice glimpse of the past that was told through the story. There was also a great cast of supporting characters that added additional depth to the story and circumstances. I really enjoyed the way that the events of the time were woven in to the story, showing the challenges that had to be faced every day, and it was interesting seeing the struggles that the citizens of a new nation faced, no matter where their loyalties were. Samantha was a wonderful heroine. She was strong, independent, committed, and not afraid to do what she felt was right, but she was also vulnerable, insecure, and uncertain of her future. Her commitment to her healing and midwife practice and her desire to improve her methods and learn from others was a true testament of her passion. When the new doctor comes to town and seems to belittle her practice at every turn, rather than stand down, she constantly challenges him, ensuring the patient’s desires are honored and also asking questions as a way to improve her own methods. Even though Trent and Samantha were at odds over their methods, their attraction was something that sizzled beneath the surface every time they were together. With their being at odds over patient care, methods, and treatment, and the fact that Trent’s plans for a new hospital will severely limit Samantha’s ability to earn a living as a midwife and healer, it was hard to believe that these two would ever be able to work together, never mind engage in any type of relationship. When you add on the fact that Samantha is dealing with the abandonment of her loyalist parents, as well as the secret that she has kept, this book keeps you turning the pages to see if and how there could ever be a happy ever after for Samantha. This was an enjoyable read that played on your emotions while telling a tale of friendships, loyalty, independence, and love. I received a copy of this book from the author/tour host for an honest review.
Beautiful story of a strong and smart heroine! Samantha's Secret, written by Betty Bolté, tells the story of two people, involved in the field of medecine but occupying two completely different occupations. The heroine Samantha is a midwife and a healer and the hero Trent, a doctor. At that time, midwives were not really fully recognized by doctors and they had to work hard to prove it. Samantha is smart, brave and strong, but Trent is headstrong too. Both have different views on how to heal their patients. In time, they will learn to trust each other! Can a romance bloom under these conditions? The author takes us back when women had to prove their knowledge in some professions, specially as a mid-wife. I really enjoyed this story of an independent woman, who decided to pursue her career for that period of time. The author really wrote a beautiful historical romance filled with rich characters mixed into this romantic story. Even, if I had not read her previous stories in this series, A More Perfect Union, I found enough details to fully understand and follow Samantha and Trent’s journey. If you love novellas, Samantha's Secret will be perfect for you!