Sophie's Path: A Clean Romance

Sophie's Path: A Clean Romance

by Catherine Lanigan

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Her choice. His consequences.  

Nurse Sophie Mattuchi has seen a lot of angry patients in the ER, but no one's ever rattled her like Jack Carter. He has no right to blame her for his friend's death. Sophie did everything she could. Didn't she? Yet his accusations sting, and that sets off all kinds of internal alarms. She's never cared this much about any man's opinion of her. But Jack is different. He stirs up feelings. Strong feelings. Guilt. Anger. Attraction. Curiosity. Sympathy. Sophie's definitely not interested in Jack, but even if she was, he'd never forgive her for the decision she made that night in the hospital. Would he?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781488009150
Publisher: Harlequin
Publication date: 07/01/2016
Series: Shores of Indian Lake , #6
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 875,002
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Despite being told by her college creative-writing professor that she had "no writing talent whatsoever", Catherine Lanigan has been writing novels for over 35 years. Her bestselling romances have been translated into 27 languages. She is the author of the Romancing the Stone and The Jewel of the Nile. She can be found on Twitter @cathlanigan, Facebook, LinkedIn, Pinterest.

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Sophie's Path 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
BooksAndSpoons More than 1 year ago
Sophie's Path is a lovely tale of small town living, forming friendships, finding your place, and meaning and purpose for your life. It is a process of healing, letting go, and finding peace after a tragedy. Sophie seems to have a saviour complex, she is very involved, wants to fix, help, and heal everyone around her. She is not afraid to get involved, restore and revamp what she sees is needing it. The tale is part of the series, filled with characters who have found their way to the small town. At times I felt I could have used more information about the people around Sophie, but was able to connect the dots after awhile. Sophie is trying to change herself, her behaviour, her diet, her habits, create a new her. She used to be 'flirt', and never formed any friendships with females, or deeper friendships with the men she flirted with. But she doesn't stop on changing herself, she meddles with everything she can. I didn't really get the flirting part, what was so bad about her behaviour, that other would have kept away from her, was she sleeping with the men, where the men in a relationship as she flirted with them, or what was the issue there, but it seemed to have a huge impact on her life and on her relationships. Jack was going through some changes in his life as well. The stages of his grief and overcoming the accident were clear, and heartfelt. I liked both of the characters, they had their faults, but they were trying to work on their issues, and better themselves. The romance was a bit surprise since there's no romantic involvement between Sophie and Jack, just a couple of conversations and kisses does not a relationship make, but they still found a way to each other, despite all the animosity between them previously. A charming and engaging slice of small town living, from the active nurse's point of view. The dangers and tragedies of life, the grief and joy, the love and loss, all have their place, as Sophie and Jack are building a new life, with meaning and purpose. ~ Four Spoons
evna777 More than 1 year ago
Sophie's Path is an exceptional story with deep issue that touches you in a way no other does. I always love small town romance and this one perfectly described the beauty of Indian Lake. I love reading the characters from another book in the series and how their lives turn out. It's interesting that Ms. Lanigan decided to write Sophie Mattuchi, a woman who was seen as the town flirt. But when I read it from her side, I realized that Sophie never had real interest until Jack Carter. Jack was a man full of work without enough time for personal life. When an accident that nearly ripped his life and taken his assistant's life, he realized that it was time to repair his life. But he hated Sophie so much for choosing an addict driver that crashed his car over his lively assistant. He wanted to blame her for not doing her job properly even though deep inside he blamed himself for asking his friend to go to the seminar in Chicago. Sophie Mattuchi is one of the best cardiac surgical nurse and sometimes an ER nurse. She is smart, dedicated and caring. She took care each one of her patient with compassion. She had seen different patient but Jack's anger rattled her. She felt guilt that she shouldn't have, she had done everything she could, didn't she? Sophie tried to reach out to the hospital's drug addict committee, but what they do didn't really help what she wanted to achieve, so against the hospital's rule she did something else to help the addicts. I admire Frenchie! An adorable dog that gave this two stubborn characters to meet again and some hope. It's always amazing to read Heartwarming novel. These books delve in many life issues and the heroes and heroines that are less than perfect and how they overcome their issues. One of the thing I learned is that we have to have a motivation if we wanted to achieve something. The motivation for living. The only suggestion I would say is add a bit more romance between Jack and Sophie. Sometimes we want to be a hero. Like Sophie, she wanted to save both of her patients at that fateful day. A job in the medical world requires a choice. The choice of life and death. Jack was putting all of his hope on them to save Aleah but they failed. And the questions kept ringing. What if the doctors and Sophia tried to save Aleah first? What if they are faster? The 'what if' will always be there and it broke both of them. This book brought me to tears with Jack's inner struggle and Sophie's issue. I definitely recommend this book to everyone, whether you're in the middle of struggle or you're just content with your life. A story of trust, forgiveness, hope, pain, death and love that you will cherish. Rating: 4.5 stars
lilacqueen75 More than 1 year ago
(4.5 Stars) This is only the second book I've read in the series and it can definitely stand alone. I enjoy the small-town books, as the characters meld in a way that really do warm the heart. I love how they all have a history together and how they look out for one another. In this installment, we meet Sophie, a nurse. She is extremely dedicated to her job and has such a caring personality. The story starts out very fast paced, as there is an accident that Sophie and her colleagues are dealing with. Jack is a part of that accident and can't help but to misplace blame for the outcome. He comes across as bitter and stubborn, but he seems to melt as the story progresses. While this book is heartwarming, there are some very serious issues addressed within these pages and at times, I found myself wishing for a bit more light-hearted romance. From drug addiction, to death, to trust issues, to work matters, the subjects are sometimes somber and hard to process emotionally. I adored Frenchie, the dog, who really helped thread the story line together. The characters are multifaceted and have depth. I love the process they each developed in. This is a town that I would love to read more about. I recommend this to readers who enjoy a clean romance with good characters and depth. Content: mild romance; serious subject matter, but nothing graphic. Clean. *I received a copy through Prism Book Tours in exchange for an honest review*
MeezCarrie More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars Sophie’s Path, like the other books in Catherine Lanigan’s Shores of Indian Lake series, is full of characters that move right in to your heart. Many familiar faces return in this latest book, and while it does work fine as a stand alone the community and secondary characters are best appreciated as part of the series. Sophie. Jack. Frenchie the dog. Jeremy. They all need a rescue of some sort, or at the least a redirection. A new path. It takes different forms in each character – and some choose to stay lost – but all poignant in their own way, and I could see something of myself in each one. (Hmmm… okay maybe not Frenchie. I’ll leave that self-identification to my own dog. lol.) Speaking of Frenchie? A-dor-a-ble. And Jack with Frenchie?!? Even more adorable. I melted to pieces when he wouldn’t let Sophie pay for the pet supplies – “Put that away. She’s my dog now.” But even without Jack, Frenchie is too cute. One adorable dog plus two stubbornly driven people makes for lots of opportunities to smile. But Sophie’s Path has plenty of opportunities for your heart to ache too. The subplot involving drug addiction is both sobering and inspiring, and while I wish Sophie hadn’t been thrust into a sponsorship role with no addiction-specific training (something that no one seemed concerned about in the story except me lol) I have a feeling that this happens more often than not. In this world where staying self-focused is the norm, Sophie’s Path encourages us to blaze a new trail – one which has us looking outside our own little bubble for a need we can meet, for a cause we can support, for a passion we can advocate. And Catherine Lanigan does all of this while giving us a sweet romance and authentic characters … and, of course, Frenchie. (I received a copy of this book in exchange for only my honest review.)
LynnB888 More than 1 year ago
4 1/2 STARS! A sweet story about close-knit small town life, the sadness of guilt and most importantly about how helping someone else in even the smallest way could be the world to that other person. Sophie Mattuchi is a great nurse and loved by many, but when a patient in the ER blames her for not doing enough to save his friend one night, it makes her second guess herself. She knows she does a good job, but could she have done more? She's never cared this much about what a man thought about her before, and she's not so sure she likes it! Jack Carter knows in his heart that he's being unfair to Sophie, but it's almost like he needs someone else to share in the guilt he feels from that night. The more times he runs into Sophie, the more he likes her and can't pretend like he doesn't. She's such a kind, caring person and helps everyone she can. When Sophie and Jack admit to the attraction they feel for each other, will they be able to have a future or will that niggling of blame he still feels towards her always rear it's ugly head and ruin things?