3 out of 4 stars
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Hero Taylor sliced her finger as a teenager and had to endure receiving stitches for her injury by a rude and impatient doctor. Following that incident, she became convinced that her career would be to train physicians to demonstrate more empathy toward their patients. Therefore, she started her own school of manners for doctors. Her longtime friend Dr. John Pepper assisted Hero in getting established, introducing her to the necessary people and helping however he could.
One day, Dr. Lee Taylor arrived to see if her school would be appropriate for the students and physicians at Greenville University Medical School. Although extremely handsome, he seemed arrogant and was so blunt he irritated her to the point that she lost her manners and ended up screaming at him. In spite of that, he still requested her school’s services. Dr. Taylor obviously was fascinated by her, and although Hero tried to ignore the fact, she experienced a similar attraction toward him. However, he was quite mysterious, and she suspected meaningful personal information was being withheld from her. In addition, Dr. Pepper was behaving strangely and was also harboring secrets.
Stitches by Julie L. James is a 232-page romance novel. Each chapter begins with a quotation, typically having to do with manners. Ms. James’s prose is descriptive, imaginative, and easy to follow. Intermittent humor in the dialogue and text messages caused me to smile and lightened the mood. The attraction between Hero and Dr. Taylor is almost palpable and produces a compelling story; however, the mysteries having to do with Dr. Pepper and Dr. Taylor add an extra element that makes the tale even more captivating. The novel excellently addresses themes that include realizing we are all imperfect and prone to mistakes, forgiveness, and the importance of loved ones (especially when one is enduring difficult times).
The book is narrated from Hero’s first-person point of view, which assists us in getting to know and understand her actions. She represented a passionate and determined individual, developing her school and making it a success, even though no one thought she had a chance to succeed. She was very self-confident but not arrogant. Nonetheless, I disliked the fact that Hero was so quick to become angry and give up on others when they needed her the most. I wanted her to listen and be more empathetic to them the same way she insisted that her doctors be to their patients. However, it does illustrate she is flawed and causes her to seem human. Hero’s feelings toward Dr. Taylor and Dr. Pepper evolve as the story progresses, and she learns more about them. One can appreciate several facets of their characters, and readers are reminded that we all have strengths and weaknesses.
Sadly, I discovered a few too many errors for a perfect score. Although the mistakes were minor and didn’t affect my enjoyment, the book requires another round of editing to achieve its potential. Consequently, because of the previous statements, Stitches receives a rating of three out of four stars. It is enthusiastically recommended to readers who enjoy romance novels. One of the things I really appreciated was graphic sex scenes and definite profanities were not encountered in the book. Subsequently, it would be appropriate for teenagers and adults.
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