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THE DOCTOR'S SECRET CHILD
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THE DOCTOR'S SECRET CHILD
What will become of this unwanted reunion?
She never thought she’d ever meet the man who broke her heart eleven years ago again… After Dan broke up with her and her father abandoned her, Molly left her hometown and raised her daughter alone in Seattle. But when she receives news of her father’s death and her mother’s injury, she returns home. When she visits her mother in the hospital, she’s shocked to find out that Dan is her mother’s doctor! Can Molly hide the truth about her daughter from him?
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- 3.5 Not what you're expecting 4
- JAB 01/21/2021 1 people found the following review helpful
Spoiler: The Review is a really long one, didn’t mean to make it this way. There was just a lot to say. I actually read the novel version of this, noting there are some differences between the novel and the comic. I felt the illustrator added more drama in certain areas, whilst downplaying it in other areas. The comic leaves out one of the heroine’s deceased supporters. It focuses the source of tension between heroine and her father where the father is embittered from losing his beloved job over a work injury, excluding part where the heroine looking like her aunt who ran off with a married man. It also paints the OW/fiancée in a bad light because we don’t see the break-up conversation in the novel. We are told by the hero that it ended mutually with a few tears. We also see hero and her become friends right after their breakup. Yet, the conversation in the comic has the woman suggest to the hero that he take the heroine as his mistress. She would be fine with it since her married parents have their own lovers. The same can be said for the hero’s father who in the novel was excited to have a granddaughter, welcoming the heroine with open arms. Yet, he’s portrayed as an indifferent cold man in the comic. There was also a big difference in the final confrontation between our main couple and the hero’s snobby mom. The novel shows a private conversation where the hero and his father are making the woman apologize and the heroine forgives the woman quickly since she knows how being shame-faced by others can hurt. We didn’t get it this in the comic, it was more of a public announcement with very little shaming. Nevertheless, it was still good. Our hero and heroine grew up in the same town but lived on different sides of the tracks. The heroine was abused by her father and unfortunately, the neighbors believed any fight between the family was the heroine’s fault. They just blocked out the sight of the bruises patterning her face and body. What’s even more unfortunate is the guidelines the heroine and hero were raised in like it being a taboo to dream you can be more than what you were born into. Our hero and heroine met when he was in college and she attended high school. The heroine lied about her age because the hero was the first guy who ever showed her respect from the opposite sex. It ended after they became intimate and she revealed her true age. He broke up with her in anger and later regretted it. When the hero tried to find her, he learned she had already gone and married a rich man. A lie constructed by her mother in order to protect her child from being labeled as an unwed mother. Apparently, the heroine found out she was pregnant and tried to tell the hero. His snobby mother couldn’t abide the fact that her only pure son was conversing with a poor girl and had her kicked out. Nor could the heroine stay with her parents unless she risked suffering a miscarriage from her father’s abuse. She runs from the East Coast all the way West, settling Seattle where she met a kind woman who helped her get a job in addition to becoming her partner in a huge quilting business that has six stores across the Northwest of the United States, plus an website for nationwide. She has a baby girl who grows into a beautiful little lady. In the past eleven years, she’s barely heard anything from her hometown until a social worker calls to notify her about her mother’s accident as well as her father’s death. So, she travels back to her hometown with her daughter to face the scrutiny of a bad daughter who missed her father’s funeral and her mother’s accident. The heroine is prepared for all of that but not for the hero’s appearance as her mother’s doctor. It turns out the hero has matured like a fine cheese in the last eleven years. He went from socialite party rebel boy to town doctor, focusing his efforts in caring for people on the other side of the track. His path was quite rocky one because after he found out what his mother did, he disappeared on his parents as a means to punish them. Then he got in an accident where his friend joyriding their car right into a couple and their baby. Life was lost, sending a shock through the hero. He saw the negative effect of being privileged and believing you can’t do anything else. The hero fought to change that through becoming a doctor and opening a free clinic in the heroine’s neighborhood. He spent the last five years gaining the skeptics’ trust and proving he’s truly a good guy. However, he’s falling into the pattern set by his family’s social group of marrying the “right” girl and closing his clinic to take over her father’s large hospital. It’s a thing he’s not fond of and later admits only following through with it because he was in love with the idea of marriage rather than the “right girl”. Their first meeting is bittersweet since the hero believes the heroine was an insensitive daughter until he eavesdropped on her conversation with her mother. He apologizes for his earlier words and past actions towards her. The heroine tries to keep her daughter’s true parentage a secret, but she tries too hard. Her whole fidgetiness propels the hero into putting the pieces of the puzzle together, realizing he’s the father of the heroine’s daughter. From there, the man works hard in order to regain her trust. He’s already having trouble what with his mother still acting like she’s got a ten yard stick up her rear end whenever the heroine is within her 1 mile radius. He confronts the heroine privately then cancels his engagement to the “right girl”, explaining to her why. We get the whole conversation from earlier, which the hero shuts down hard. He works to prove he wants the heroine in his life by taking her out to the most expensive restaurant where everyone will see them. He’s done everything right at this point but screws it up by asking the heroine to marry him after he makes her admit that her daughter is his. It’s because she now believes he wants to marry her in order to have custody of his daughter. Not to mention she has her life back in Seattle. I was fairly disappointed in the next scenes where they go back to being intimate without even having worked through their present issues. From there, a lot of things are revealed like how the heroine was never married to the little girl finding out her grandma’s doctor is her dad. It’s no surprise the little girl doesn’t take it so well. Next, the heroine makes peace with her dad, letting all the bitterness wash away. It encourages her to take the next action of showing kindness to some of her neighbors by offering them a job at her quilting company. Things look up as the hero and his daughter start building a relationship and the heroine’s reputation in offering the women in her neighborhood a real job. Then it gets worse when the hero’s mother appears to the heroine with a check in hand and a demand the heroine and her daughter disappear from sight. The heroine refuses the check, making the mother take more drastic means. She invites the hero, heroine, and her own granddaughter to a party under the impression of making peace. The whole thing is just a trap where the have’s belittle the heroine and her family. Once the hero sees his mother’s goal, he tells her that he’s marrying the heroine and he has no problem cutting contact with them if their snooty booty attitude continues. He takes the heroine by the hand and makes a public announcement that he loves the heroine, an independent business woman who’s the mother of his child. Once the younger generation find out the heroine is the owner of their favorite quilting business, they start opening up to her. As our couple dance on the floor, the hero’s father tells his wife to accept the match and actually take a good look at their granddaughter. The whole thing also helps the daughter fully accept the hero as her dad. In the end, the couple get married and are expecting another child. While, I was reading the story, I felt the yearn to pull a “Carrie” move on the bullies with red paint and all. Yet, seeing how the hero and heroine approached the issue with kindness and consideration, instead of using the same tactics as their opponents. They didn’t give in to hatred and bitter grudges, they sought to make peace and be the better person even it was harder path. It’s the whole “Kill them with Kindness” method and it’s the better one. It’s why I thought of this as the good one.
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