‘Rosie’ was my first novel, written to amuse myself when my husband was ill. I knew it didn’t fit easily into a genre, but I thought some people might enjoy the story and the characters, so I decided to be brave and publish it.
Rosie has been brought up by her grandparents to believe that her schoolgirl mother was a disgrace to the family, and they are afraid Rosie will turn out the same way. But when she leaves home, she finds her strict upbringing is no preparation for dealing with the situations she encounters. As a result, she becomes involved in some ill judged affairs. In an attempt to put her life back on track, she takes a job at a rundown Midlands hospital, where her reforming zeal soon gets her in trouble. She finds the hypocritical medical director is out to line his own pocket, while the brilliant young surgeon can’t get enough resources to for his research. What’s more, his relationship with Geraldine, the medical director’s daughter, isn’t going well, and he’s fed up with carrying her cello about. He’s very attracted by the beautiful and mysterious Rosie, until she decides to help him, and turns his life upside down, as she tries to uncover what she believes the medical director is up to. In the end, problems are resolved and all ends satisfactorily, but only after they’ve overcome a number of difficulties and misunderstandings.
………‘I think the purpose is to help us to monitor our performance,’ said Miss Macfarlane helpfully. ‘We have had some criticism in the press about our treatment of elderly patients.’
There was an intake of breath, followed by a deathly silence. Somebody really did need to take her to one side. The problem with geriatrics was not something that was openly referred to. The back of Arnold’s neck was getting quite red. At this rate, the girl would be consigned to a back room counting bedpans in no time. ……….
………Rosie leant back in her seat……Things were not going to plan. Guy’s appearance and reputation had led her to expect him to be a cold fish, absorbed in his own affairs, so she had imagined she was quite safe involving herself in his problems. Instead she had found he was friendly and he hadn’t talked about himself at all…… He was lovely. She knew she had no desire to resist him……….
…….’You’d make Lady Macbeth look like a wimp,’ said Guy…….
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What readers say
‘ Really easy to read, and found it very hard to put down although i didnt want to finish it either. A nice insight into the hospital world that very often made me smile, recognising similar situations and traits in people in my own world, and with one scene making me laugh out loud…..’ – Amazon customer
‘a smart, complex and snappy story about the relationship that develops between two equally strong and intelligent individuals…’ – Amazon customer