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After a hard day teaching the reproductive system to his high school students all Tom Crawford wanted to do was go home and rest. His friends tried to convince him to go out with them to visit the local clubs, but instead he selected to spend a quiet night at home.
Tom’s quiet night turned into one of horror when he is struck by a van. As he feels his car spin out of control he tries to brace himself for the final impact. Before he realizes what the extent of his injuries will be, he is plunged into a world of darkness.
Talia is an Emergency Nurse; she loves her job for she has always wanted to be able to help others. Her latest patient comes in a PennSTAR Medi Vac; she learns that he has been involved in a serious car accident. Her patient is covered in blood and has suffered massive injuries. The worse seems to be the trauma to his left leg. Talia quickly prepares him for the scans and x-rays the doctor orders, as she works on the patient she feels there is something about him that seems familiar.
When Talia gets a moment away from her job, she goes to find out the identity of her gravely injured patient. She is shocked to learn that he is a close friend of hers, Tom Crawford. She calls in their other friends to alert them to what has happened to Tom. The group comes together to pray for Tom’s recovery.
When the surgeon finally comes to tell them of Tom’s condition, they learn that they were not able to save his left leg. Talia knows the loss will be devastating for his life revolves around sports and spending time partying with his friends.
With Tom having no family to take care of him, his friends question how they will be able to rearrange their schedule to help out their friend. Talia makes the ultimate sacrifice, and offers to stay with Tom three weeks after he is released.
Tom doesn’t want to be a burden on his friends. He knows his recovery will be a long drawn out process. He questions why Talia would give up three weeks of vacation to move in and care for him. Before the accident he wanted to find a way to spend more time with Talia and get to know her better; now it seems the fates have intervened and granted his wish in a way he never would have expected.
Will Talia be able to convince him that his injury has no effect on how she feels for him? With Talia seeing Tom at his ultimate worse in life will he be able to believe that such a beautiful woman as her could love such a damaged man as himself?
A PART OF ME – BOOK 2 IN THE PHILADELPHIA SERIES is a wonderful romance. I found it very refreshing that the book is written from both Talia and Tom’s separate perspective. This allows the readers to discover the emotions of each character. Although this book is part of a series, I was able to read it without reading the first book. With elements of tragedy, heartbreak, and hope this book contains the substance that makes it an outstanding novel.
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