"This bet is bringing more to this female doctor and this man than could possibly be anticipated."
Reviewed by Kay Quintin
Posted February 23, 2015
Dr. Elaine Watson has worked her way to being the best
physician in Tall
Pines. She is all about winning, always at the top, and
second place in anything she attempts. Fond memories of
at the Bluebird Bed and Breakfast in Tall Pines while
vacationing with her
parents, has made choosing her home there an easy one
satisfying the terms of the scholarship that got her
school debt free. Her parents are now divorced and her
one man after the other. Elaine is always looking out for
Stillman, picking up the pieces after each divorce.
Her patient, Robert Collins, is considering giving up
Bluebird B&B since
his wife passed and his son is away as a photojournalist
tragedies of the world. All interest is lost and the inn
Elaine has made an offer to purchase and restore the
facility to its original
beautiful state and purpose. Dean Collins is back, trying
to outrun his
bad memories and nightmares of the horrors he has
lingering sadness at the loss of his mother is still
there, but this is the only
place on earth he can come home to and attempt his
to open the Tall Pines Fish Camp, his father proposes a
more equitable solution for the two people wanting his
Bluebird bet will entail each of them to stay at the inn
for 30 days while
working out their individual proposals and appointing two
decide which will fit best for the welfare of their
community. As they each
work toward winning the bet, their sharing space
ultimately finds them
falling for each other and questioning who needs this the
most. Can there
be a third proposition?
This book in the Welcome to Tall Pines miniseries
is an excellent read.
Grab the Kleenex one minute and laugh the next. There's
a little of
everything in this read; emotion, love, the sadness of
life and a
heartwarming town full of witty and wacky residents always
ready to put
in their two cents. I have not had the pleasure of
reading any of the
previous stories in this series but plan to do so soon as
well as the new
one just out. For a short tale I found THE BLUEBIRD BET
as completely fulfilling and
satisfying a read as any other story. There's a lot of
wit and humor and
just plain good common sense and kindness. I definitely
recommend THE BLUEBIRD BET
for a satisfying and beautiful experience.
Winning isn't everything-to other people
Dr. Elaine Watson never loses. Period. So she won't miss
on a chance to restore the Bluebird Bed-and-Breakfast.
owner's son, Dean Collins, seems just as determined as
is. A famous photojournalist, he hasn't been home in
so why does he want to turn the Bluebird, a charming old
and B, into a fishing camp?
With just a few weeks to create the winning plan, Elaine
no choice but to spend time with the guy. She's drawn to
handsome, wounded man, but being with Dean would mean
up the future she's been dreaming of... And Dr. Elaine
Watson never gives up.
ExcerptHe looked up at her. “I thought we were running together.
Isn’t that how this started?”
He had a point.
“Well…” She had no acceptable answer. To be honest, she
was embarrassed that she’d treated their jog like the
Boston Marathon. She offered him her hand. “Sorry. You’re
right. I don’t know what got into me.”
Dean took her hand and rolled up easily, as though he’d
been faking being worn out for her benefit.
“I know. You wanted to beat me. Got a real thing about
winning, don’t you?” Dean winced. “Maybe we should have
jogged together before I got into this bet with you. I
definitely need to be on the lookout for sabotage.
“I don’t cheat.” But winning a race against someone who
didn’t even know he’d entered might not be completely
She stared at her running shoes, uneasy with how well he
already knew her.
He laughed. “Right. Beating me at a race I didn’t know we
were running isn’t exactly cheating.”
She took a deep breath. “Fine. I’m sorry. I just…” She
rolled the edge of her T-shirt between two fingers.
“Winning is important to me.”
“And to most normal men and women in the world.” Dean
took her hand in his, forcing her to stop the nervous
habit. “What happens when you lose?”
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