Title: Healing Hazel
Series: The Blue Orchid Society #3
Author: Jennifer Moore
Publisher: Covenant Communications
Release Date: August 8th, 2022
Genre: Historical Romance
Hazel Thornton has one great ambition: to help the sick and wounded as a nurse. But that dream can never become a reality. After a devastating childhood trauma, she has spent her life battling fits of panic that make it impossible to finish her studies. Everything changes, however, when a trip to Spain takes a perilous turn that derails her plans to visit her father for Christmas and immediately plunges her into the dangers of a brutal war.
With single-minded focus, she springs into action to help her fellow travelers. To ensure their continued care, she begins work at a Spanish hospital alongside Dr. Jim Jackson, a man whose only emotion seems to be wariness of his new assistant. Armed with gifts of support from each of her dearest friends, a group that dubs themselves the Blue Orchid Society, Hazel embarks on a journey of hope and healing to battle the demons of her past with the help of the doctor who has captured her heart.
Wow! I really enjoyed this book. But first a disclaimer, I have not yet read the first two books in the series but it did not affect my understanding and enjoyment of this one. Healing Hazel is the third book in Jennifer Moore’s The Blue Orchid Society.
Hazel was so sweet. She wanted to make her friends proud and she was trying to reach for her dreams of becoming a nurse, but she never felt able. However when a trip to Spain takes a dangerous turn, she finds herself in the midst of the war helping to care for the sick and injured. Dr. Jim Jackson just wanted to care for his patients and do some good in the world. He did not want to deal with a woman who thought herself a nurse. But as he spent time with Hazel, he began to see her in a different light.
I really loved reading about Hazel. She had a quiet strength. She truly cared for those she was trying to help and she didn’t allow her own struggles to keep her from reaching out. It was cool to read about Hazel overcoming her fears and learning to stand up for herself. She learned to be strong in her own way.
Jim was another wonderful character to read about. He comes off as harsh and a little gruff but he had a kind heart. He truly did care for the patients brought to him and he wanted to help as many as he could. However Jim had to learn to let go of the past and look to the future. He had to see that there was a life to live.
Hazel and Jim had a sweet romance, it grew out of respect. They did not always see eye to eye, but they learned to trust each other as they worked together to save lives. It was cool to read about them from each other’s eyes and to watch them fall in love. It was a gradual thing but no less sweet.
The plot and storyline were very interesting. Hazel had to figure out how to make herself useful as she waited for her companions to heal, while Jim was trying to keep his hospital up and running. I was intrigued by the story from the beginning and I could not put it down. There was excitement and romance, it was the perfect book!
I adored this book and I would totally recommend it! Healing Hazel is a wonderful book and I now need to read the other two books. Healing Hazel is a clean historical romance book.
I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the author. All views expressed are only my honest opinion, I was not required to write a positive review.