Jonathan is the only doctor within several days’ ride of Graham, Pennsylvania, and he’s desperate for a nurse to assist him. His salvation comes in the form of Naomi, a runaway slave who shows up ill on his doorstep. When she agrees to be his nurse in exchange for treatment, his world lights up. Unfortunately, not everyone in town approves of Jonathan’s new nurse. His mother and some of his patients express their distaste, but she’s captured Jonathan’s heart, and he’ll defend her at any cost.
When Naomi’s former master rides into town, Jonathan discovers just how far he’ll go to keep the woman he loves from being torn from his arms, and from freedom’s embrace.
This moving novel travels back to Pennsylvania the year 1849 to a young scared run away slave girl named Naomi Weathers and successful, available town doctor, Jonathan Doyle. Both are looking for freedom and both find much, much more.
This is a charming novel that I really enjoyed reading. The characters were warm and memorable. Considering the events surrounding this time in history, I realize the story could have been so much more devastating, but I appreciate the author giving such a sensitive subject a happy flow and even happier ending. I was so wrapped up in the love between Naomi and Jonathan that my heart couldn’t have handled an unhappy ending for them.
The entire novel from the time that Jonathan laid eyes on Naomi in distress, I fell in love with them and wanted the two to find happiness with each other. Naomi is a runaway slave who took a great risk to find freedom. Sick with fever she didn’t plan to stay in Graham, Pennsylvania but agreed to assist Dr. Jonathan Doyle as his nurse as repayment for treatment of her illness.
Jonathan is a bachelor that all the town’s women throw themselves at. Jonathan is not interested in any of the town’s women, nor does he appreciate his mother’s meddling ways to see him married to someone of prestige. Once Naomi stepped into his office and he saw her enchanting beauty beneath all the grime and turmoil he wanted her for much more than a nurse. As they spent time working in the office he found himself falling for Naomi, so much so he declared “This dark, beautiful flower had taken root in his soul, altering the course of his life in the process”.
I felt the love connection between Naomi and Jonathan. Jonathan is a man any women would desire. He stood up to one of his patient’s harsh verbal out lashings to Naomi and he also stood up to his mother and her display of disrespect to Naomi. He also stood up where it counted the most when Naomi’s former master came to claim her.
Freedom’s Embrace is a gripping novel that made me feel and believe that love does exist and happy endings are possible. If your heart is in need of a smile, Freedom’s Embrace is a novel that will give you a happy loving feeling.