In this episode of Book Clips we hear the first chapter of the audiobook for Doctored by K’Anne Meinel narrated by Amelia Patricks
A brilliant child protégée, she dreams of becoming a doctor and a surgeon…and accomplishes her goals. Unfortunately, her youth and round, childlike face work against her. No matter how skilled she becomes, how knowledgeable, the old school, male-dominated medical hierarchy wants to keep her in her place.
Deanna has worked hard to become an expert in her chosen field, but few believe this “child” capable. Specializing in infectious diseases, she travels the world – from the States to Europe to South America – honing her skills before winding up in Africa where her skills are desperately needed.
Meeting a nurse by the name of Madison MacGregor, she finds they share an insatiable curiosity and a love of helping others, but falling in love was not what she intended. Later, when she loses Maddie to a misunderstanding, she is haunted by the one that got away….
Ten years have passed, and both the doctor and nurse have moved on with their lives, but fate intervenes when they find themselves working at the same hospital. Their friendship is revived…. Can their love be rekindled? Will the past haunt them or bring them closer? Will the secrets that both harbor keep them from realizing a future together?
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Hey where’d you get that huge bouquet from Bonnie asked her with a touch of innuendo and a sly grin what what bouquet Madison asked with a puzzled frown looking around as though she could see them from her desk the one at the nurse’s station on the 4th you didn’t put them there deliberately she asked slyly as though to get in on the secret she was actually hoping to ferret out more information why would I do that Madison stopped writing in the patient’s chart and looked up to show Tom that he isn’t the only one interested payback for that bad date Madison grinned ruefully at the ill-conceived idea of anyone being able to date Tom masters the arrogant asshole had told her equal rights meant he expected her to pay for half of the expensive date he’d taken her on she shook her head had he sent flowers to make up for it I didn’t see them she told her friend truthfully well Sheila told me that they couldn’t fit them on or in your locker so they decided everyone should enjoy them there’s no card though Bonnie confided and that confirmed that she had looked Madison rolled her eyes having friends among the staff could be a little bit of a pain in the ass she had to be careful as she was their superior she finished up the charts she was looking at closed it and filed it as she got up from the desk guess I’ll go have a look she told her impatiently curious friend mind if I tag along Bonnie asked falling into step beside her don’t you have patience Madison asked looking down at the shorter woman and stopping to give her a stern look friend or no the patience came first Bonnie sighed and turned away hoping that Madison would share who the flowers were from she was certain they weren’t from Tom he was too self-absorbed to think of anyone especially someone like Madison she looked back to see Madison escaping into the stairwell instead of taking the elevator she admired the clean lines of her nurse’s uniform the sterile whites instead of the scrubs that everyone else wore it made her stand out but then as a nursing supervisor she needed to her Salone would have had her stand out it wasn’t that she was really that attractive she just kind of grew on you and she got to know her you realized she was beautiful but not in an obvious way it was her personality that made her beautiful Madison went up to the fourth floor nurses station and was astonished at the bouquet sitting there Allison assured her they were for her and she stared in consternation at the many birds of paradise along with the long grasses in the bouquet it was simple and yet striking at the same time the quantity of them was staggering ah so who are these from Allison asked trying to dig for information the other nurses and a few of the doctors were all gossiping are they from Tom she slyly slipped in rumors in innuendo fueled the gossip mill in between caring for patients Madison looked up from the massive bouquet and shook her head first declare it from her own surmising of who the bouquet was from and second to refute the question tom wouldn’t pay for something so outrageous he’d make a penny scream before he let it go no not from Tom she assured the triage nurse Oh is there someone else already Madison looked at Allison again no there is no one else but it’s not from Tom she said with absolute conviction she also didn’t want that guy getting credit where credit wasn’t due and Tom definitely didn’t need the credit are you taking the bouquet now I’ll come back after my shift for it she was already wondering if it would fit in her Prius those stems were kind of long perhaps on the floor it was going to look gorgeous in her small living room on the dining room table she was asked about the flowers all during the rest of her shift repeatedly denying they were from Tom the fact that she didn’t have anyone else to name and her answers being vague might have kept the gossip going she wasn’t happy when it spilled over into the operating room when she was trying to concentrate on her patients and her job so Madison I saw that Bush you got sitting on the fourth floor nurses station dr. traff commented smiling behind his mask to show he was teasing the twinkle in his dark green eyes might have given it away too yes Madison said tightly from behind her own surgical mask glancing up from the tray for only an instant clamp he requested and saw that she was right on the money ready and waiting she often enter hated what he needed that made her a good nurse she also followed up on the patients as much as any of the doctors many of the doctors liked working with her she went above and beyond and was extremely conscientious and it was appreciated so who sent them he asked making conversation as he worked Madison looked down into the gut briefly and returned her eyes to her tray they didn’t need more hands in there much less eyes and her job was to keep the tools of the trade available to the doctors she just wanted the conversation to stop her nurses had been asking her all day I don’t know she answered honestly she was never so relieved as when the patient began to pump blood and the surgeons idle conversation was cut off he could now concentrate on saving a life instead of Madison’s love life or lack thereof so who do you think they’re from Larry another nurse asked as they washed up after the surgery Madison rolled her eyes the idle gossip wasn’t going to stop she was sick of it already and retreated into silence as she quickly changed she glanced at the cleaning crew in the operating room and then checked off a few things on the chart before leaving Madison had a few more things to check things she knew other nurses wouldn’t check unless she followed up but then she was thorough at her job she changed into street clothes not about to be seen in her nurse’s uniform and ended up on the fourth floor trying to carry the huge bouquet there was no way she could easily walk it all the way down from the fourth floor especially in the stairwell so she pressed the button for the elevator she saw many admiring glances and assumed they were for the enormous bouquet it was really lovely but she was embarrassed perhaps she should have left it at work maybe divided it up and given it to a few patients she wondered who it was from did you get in the fight Beth asked as she saw her maneuver onto the elevator with the bouquet trying not to poke anyone in the eye with one of the sharp pointy flowers of the long-bladed grasses no she replied simply tired of the questions the flowers had engendered today are you seeing someone new Beth was determined to get more information nope she grinned hoping the doors would open again before further questions could occur to the woman the elevator stopped on the second level and a couple of people edged on trying to fit in around the flowers they I’d them wearily bird-of-paradise flowers could be used to May even unintentionally when Madison saw that one of the people who had gotten on the elevator was Tom she seriously thought about using the flowers as a weapon they would poke him quite nicely in the eye one of which he was using to look at her suspiciously she hadn’t cheated they’ve gone on one date only and that one had been a disaster how dare you look at her like that if she moved like so it would accidentally poke him in the butt but her humor wouldn’t let her do the actual deed as the elevator settled on the first floor he glanced at her and the flowers one more time before leaving the small box they were all in you better go first Beth offered generously she’d seen the look on Tom’s face and couldn’t wait to spread some rumors about it the flowers didn’t fit well in her small Prius even if they were on the floor of the vehicle they did however take up the whole dining room table and bring joy to her as she gazed at them over the wine she allowed herself after a full day’s work who were they from though that was the question she and apparently many of the people she worked with wanted answered they were exotic and they were all over Southern California but this was a unique bouquet who had sent it to her idly she sat spinning the stem of her wineglass and gazing at the present she had received she was trying not to read too much into it but she couldn’t help thinking about the who the what and the why her introspection was cut off as the children came into the house mom Chloe yelled with a smile dad got us a puppy she said importantly as she came over for a hug Madison managed not to roll her eyes at Scott taking her idea and going with it it wasn’t the first time wouldn’t be the last it’s a shaggy beast Connor said importantly with all the dignity of an eight year old has he headed into the kitchen for a snack a shaggy Beast Madison nearly laughed as Scott came in and dropped off both the children’s backpacks hard day he asked as he saw her drain the remains of her wine then he saw the monstrous bouquet on her dining room table and turned to raise an eyebrow no not at all she assured him ignoring his questioning look dog yeah we went to the found after school just to look he assured her next thing I knew we had this shaggy flea-bitten varmint she laughed knowing the powers of persuasion her children possessed I’m sure you’ll adjust it’s going to cost me a fortune he whined trying to get her to see his side of things Madison was amused further he had heard her suggestion that it was time for the children to have some responsibility and get a pet he further wanted to be the hero and now had to deal with it we went to Petco and apparently the dog needs one of everything he lamented well now you’ve done it she assured him done what he asked confused you can’t get rid of it now she pointed out knowing he wouldn’t hesitate to take it back to the pound daddy you won’t get rid of fluffy will you Chloe asked sounding amazingly like her father with her whine oh of course not honey he assured her now you go and play he watched her affectionately as she went off to the room that she shared with her brother in the tiny house Madison shook her head knowing he’d backed himself into a corner and would expect her to get him out of it somehow it really made more sense for her to have a dog in the small two-bedroom house with a yard than him in his small apartment but she wouldn’t rescue him not this time so many other times she had indeed gotten him out of his need to show off for the kids but enough was enough here are your keys he said as he handed over the keys to her minivan she reluctantly handed him the keys to his prius preferring the smaller and more dependable vehicle to drive madison was relieved when scott left and she was alone with the kids she needed her quiet time and sharing custody with him wasn’t always easy it was why she no longer wished to be married to him he had needed so much of her time that it was like raising a third kid she wanted a lover not another responsibility she wanted a partner not someone who wanted to be taken care of not someone who expected it she sighed thinking about Scott and then her latest fiasco Tom why the heck couldn’t she meet someone nice who tripped her trigger and could be a true partner someone who was adventurous and loving someone who didn’t want something from she wasn’t prepared to give she sighed again as she straightened one of the flowers and wondered who had sent her the absolutely outrageous bouquet you have been listening to book clips check out the show notes for the synopsis and by links for this book if you are interested in showcasing your novel then check out the show notes for more information [Music]