Lost in Love is an nice debut novel from author Emily Banting set in an idyllic English village. She brings us charming characters who have to overcome the events of the past in order to have the future they desire.
Anna Walker is caring for her ailing father after her mother’s death, along with working a full-time job. When she accompanies him to meet his new doctor, she isn’t impressed by Dr. Katherine Atkinson. Anna already has a distrust of doctors from events that transpired with her mother. Dr. Atkinson is infuriating, suggesting Anna’s father needs full time care that she is unequipped to provide with her full time job. That and she’s hot, so damn hot! That makes Anna dislike her even more because who needs a hot doctor getting all preachy with them.
Katherine confesses her interests in the ladies to the town chatterbox. That’s so much easier than having to tell everyone and if she loses a few patients, she’s ok with that. She came to the village from the city after suffering a tragedy. She is looking for a peaceful place she can relax and try to move on. Her meeting with Henry Walker and his daughter Anna is unnerving. Most patients and their families love her but Anna’s obvious distrust is disturbing to her. It doesn’t help that she is attracted to the prickly Anna.
They develop a tentative friendship and Katherine starts helping Anna with her father. I love Henry. He’s a real sweetheart. He doesn’t want his little girl to take on the burden of taking care of him while working so much. Katherine succeeds in getting Anna to start taking her own health more seriously, because you can’t care for someone else without caring for yourself. Katherine and Anna are good characters. I want them to find happiness, that doesn’t mean they don’t get on my nerves with some communication issues.
Emily Banting paints a lovely picture of a charming English village with entertaining characters. I enjoyed this debut and look forward to what she brings us next.
ARC given by the author for an honest review.