Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Together Always: Spirit Travel Romance (Vicarage Bench Series) by Mimi Barbour

Together Always: Spirit Travel Romance (Vicarage Bench Series) by Mimi Barbour

A new body, a new life…

Because of a facial disfigurement, Nurse Grace Joye has never felt beautiful, and when she’s told a brain tumor will end her life within a matter of weeks, she’s devastated. Grace’s friend, psychiatrist Dr. Robert Andrews has been experimenting with spirit travel. He suggests that Grace transfers her spirit to the body of his newest patient—Mrs. Vanessa Knight, a gorgeous-looking woman who is soon to be released from life-support. Grace doesn’t need much convincing to take this drastic step. She will live on and realize her two dreams: to be a mother, and be loved by a man. Only to hear her soon-to-be husband’s whispered words just before the life-support is switched off: “Good-bye, darling. I'm glad I’ll never have to see you again.”

Lucas Knight has been contentedly preparing for Vanessa’s death. Throughout their marriage, this volatile woman had become increasingly vicious towards him and their young son. Therefore, he’s appalled and traumatized when, miraculously, she comes out of her coma. Strangely, this girl isn’t anything like the witch he’d said goodbye to. He could love this gentle angel. But, can he trust her to stay this way?


Dr. Hoven interrupted his musings with news destined to give Lucas another sleepless night. “There's one more doctor we'd like to call in to assess her. Since she slipped further into the coma, we've tried everything to resuscitate, without success. Dr. Tobias Andrews is somewhat of a miracle man when it comes to bringing people back from the unconscious state. As our final course of action, he's agreed to stop by tomorrow and run a few tests. If he's convinced our findings are correct, then we'll make the necessary arrangements to take her off life-support.”
Lucas covered his mouth, holding back his frustrated exclamation. Once he felt it safe, he replied, “Thank you, Doctor. I appreciate your candor and all you've done for my Vanessa. I'll go along with whatever you feel is best.”
“If Dr. Andrews sees no hope of recovery, no reason to let you believe anything can change, then I’m prepared to give you the next twenty-four hours in case you’d like to have your priest administer last rites. It would be a chance for the family members to say goodbye before we take the final step.”
“I appreciate that, Dr. Hoven. My wife has no family left that I know of, but I will ask the vicar if he’d say a few words for her soul’s journey.”
The doctor nodded and quietly left the room.
Once the door closed, Lucas glanced all around and swallowed repeatedly. Emotions welled and threatened to overwhelm. Finally, relief settled the tumultuous flares in the pit of his stomach. It will be over soon. His fisted hand slowly unwound so he could flex his aching fingers.
For the last few weeks, he’d been ghosting the halls and her room pressuring the doctors for answers—for this answer. Now that his prayers would soon become reality, he could finally breathe. Lucas waited for two heartbeats to make sure no one else approached the door. Then he leaned in close to the lovely, empty face on the pillow.
“Soon you can say hello to the devil for me, darling. Because if there’s any justice left in this world, you'll be heading straight for hell.

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