Long time between books in this series. I hope I'm not lost (shouldn't be as not one with a massive cast of characters, but the worldbuilding and some politics were getting more complex).
I did not take too long to read the books; the author took too long between books, LOL.
The last book, Leaves of Flame, got really interesting.
He was devoting his life to save others when suddenly he found out that his future could not be thought of in decades but only in months or years and soon his role would be switched, the doctor would soon become the patient. As I read this novel, I thought over and over again about the notion of enjoying life’s journey along the way instead of working continuously to achieve the goals that you set out to accomplish. I wondered how Paul felt about his journey to get his residency, did he enjoy his journey or was it all a blur? Reading this novel, Paul talked about all the education that he had obtained before being diagnosed, the long hours that he had put in during his medical training, and how he and his wife had mapped out how their life was going to be, once they had education behind them and their careers set in place but nowhere in this plan was the subject of cancer.
Paul knew what the road ahead was going to be like as he has been talking to his patience’s about it for years but now, Paul was on the receiving end yet he was playing the role of doctor and patient. I like the comment one of his doctors told him, he remarked that it was okay if Paul just wanted to be the patient as he knew what roles Paul was playing. That remark stayed in my mind as I read the rest of this novel and as Paul fought to be who he really wanted to be in life. It’s a struggle for Paul and I understood his frustration as he battles with his illness and his identity. He is, who he is and he is doctor who is battling an illness, a person who used to work countless hours and for him to stop working and let this illness take control of his life is asking a lot but on the other hand, the disease is draining him and Paul is in so much pain, it’s hard to even do basic tasks. It’s a fight and Paul puts up a great battle.
So I read these out of order, but it didn't matter because the author repeats a lot of stuff (especially with regard to characters), so readers are quickly brought up to speed. This was a heartbreaking story of the murder of a father and his two children and the seriously injured third children via a hit and run on a country road in autumn. Paul Borntrager and his three children were traveling via their buggy to their home farm from the town clinic when a motor vehicle speeds through an intersection and runs into their buggy. There were graphic descriptions of the bodies, and the animal dies as well. Kate knew the family; the wife and mother of the deceased family was her childhood best friend, Mattie. There were lots of flashbacks to when Kate and Mattie were teens and their strong bond.
I figured out the killers as they were introduced into the story, so there wasn't a whole lot of tension. It was interesting how the author uses the rare genetic disorders that affect the Amish in greater numbers than the general population due to the closed nature of the community and what the different Amish communities across the country are doing to prevent or lower the incidence. The ending was ridiculous and extremely over the top - Kate's fault because once again she can't seem to remember to call for back-up and gets in WAY OVER HER HEAD. She was hit so many times in the head it is a wonder she doesn't have a permanent concussion or TBI and medically retire from the police force.
There was a sub-plot about moving in with Tomasetti that took up way too much of the book. Again, Kate just needed to pull on her big girl panties and have the awkward conversation. But in the end it was resolved. The other sub-plot involves Kate's past and the bones of a long ago missing Amish boy that were discovered. This one wasn't resolved, so it will show up again in the next book.
Read for BL-opoly
320 pages $4.00
In honor of the US holiday, MR is giving us players two additional rolls FREE! So here goes...
Current Bank: $48.00
Current Square and Book: Electric Company/ Diary of an Accidental Wallflower by Jennifer McQuiston
May 26th first roll, part I: 8 (4+4)
New Square: BL. Rolled one 12-sided die for a 5. Collect $10.00 for myself and one other player....hey Url Phantomhive - here's a crisp, virtual Hamilton for you.
Current Bank: $58.00.
May 26th first roll, part II (seriously, again?): 6 (3+3)
New Square: Carsland 18 - Read a book with a car on the cover or that was published in the years 2006, 2011, 2013, or 2014. I picked Her Last Breath (Kate Burkholder #5) by Linda Castillo, which was published in 2013. 320 pages = possible $4.00 to the bank.
May 26th first roll, part III (and I hope is the last): 9 (6+3)
New Square: Adventureland 26 - Read a book tagged genre: adventure or thriller on GR. I picked After the Storm (Kate Burkholder #7) by Linda Castillo, as 37 users tagged this book as a thriller (#8 most popular tag for this book). 320 pages = possible $4.00 to the bank.
May 26th, second roll (please no doubles, LOL): 8 (6+2)
New Square: Tomorrowland 33 - Read a book set in space, tagged as science fiction on GR, or has robots/cyborgs. I picked Vision, Vol 2: Little Better than a Beast by Tom King, et al. I need to re-read the first volume so the story is refreshed in my mind before knocking this one out. 136 pages = $2.00 to the bank.