HIS DESERT ROSE takes place in the year 1917 in Rainbow Canyon, Arizona. Rose Flannagan has accepted a contract to provide nursing services here. Against the objections of her father, Rose completed nursing school. Rose is from back east and has a bit of a problem adjusting to life in the remote southwest. She decided to try and help those in her own country rather than joining the majority of her graduating class overseas. She has recently begun a series of classes for the women in the area. These classes deal with personal hygiene and birth control. No one has a problem with the personal hygiene part, but some of the men are quite upset about the birth control part of the classes.
Lt. Ethan Gray is in the Army and stationed at Fort Bradley. He is taken with Rose. Ethan is basically a self-made man. He lost his father, which caused the family to lose their family farm. His mother has to work to support the family and Ethan swore no wife of his would have to go through what his mother did. Ethan loves Rose and wants to marry her. He’s already asked her to be his wife, but she turned him down. She’s not willing to give up her nursing to become his wife and the mother of his children. Ethan isn’t willing to budge on this either.
The next thing you know, someone vandalizes the clinic! Obviously, one of the husbands doesn’t appreciate Rose’s classes in birth control. Who is the vandal? Will Ethan stand behind Rose and help her with this? Will the two of them ever get together?
To be honest, this is not my favorite genre to read, so I started the book thinking I wouldn’t enjoy it. But Cathy McDavid wrote such a wonderful story, I couldn’t help but enjoy reading it. I didn’t want it to end. The time HIS DESERT ROSE took place was a very exciting time in our history, cars were just starting to make their appearance, phones were now in use, as well as electricity. All of these facts were wonderfully woven into the story in such a way as to add to it. HIS DESERT ROSE is a wonderfully written story I recommend to everyone.
Chere Gruver, March 2004
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