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Open [Kindle Edition]

Marcus Engel , Amy Glenn Vega
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Book Description

There's a tradition at Mercy Regional Hospital that the nurses take very seriously. The window blinds are always kept closed for a patient with a good prognosis. But for a patient who’s not expected to make it, the blinds are left open so the soul can be set free when the time comes. Hope Wyatt, single mother, aspiring poet and new-to-practice nurse makes the mistake of closing the blinds on a terminally ill patient her first day on the job. Her colleagues quickly let her know what a tremendous foul-up she has made, and aren’t in any rush to let her forget about it. When Hope’s friend Will ends up in the ICU in a coma, she isn’t sure if she should leave the blinds open or closed for him. Already struggling with the hard hand that life has dealt her, Hope tries her best to hold it all together and find some peace in the turmoil around her. Inspired by Saul, the husband of a cancer patient, and Marjorie, a fellow nurse on her unit, Hope adopts a new philosophy about coping with the emotional highs and lows of caregiving. One that gives her the strength to boldly defy the tradition of the blinds, and do what she knows in her heart is right.


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  • File Size: 127 KB
  • Print Length: 48 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006NXR7AE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,920 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I now know the secret of "Open" December 20, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I could instantly relate to the heroine, Hope. I too was once a single mother with young children and had to start over again in life, find a job and take care of my family. I know how hard it was and I felt for Hope, especially after seeing all of the loss that she endured in her young life. It was sweet and exciting to see the hint of romance with her friend Will, and I shared her joy as she started her first day at work. But when Will ended up a patient in her hospital, and some of the nurses she was working with weren't exactly supportive of her as she was learning the ropes, I really hoped things would turn around for her quickly! It took some time, and some friends, to help Hope understand the secret of staying "Open." I don't want to spoil the ending, but I will say that it was satisfying... a nice warm and fuzzy read for the holidays. Hope will leave you confident at the end that everything is going to be okay in her world - and yours too, if you stay "open" to all that life throws at you!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An open and shut case for a good, quick read. February 23, 2012
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I found this book in the free books category and decided to read it as a quick short, and I am certainly glad I did. The authors did a great job of writing this tale, the premise of which concerns following your heart regardless of what others may think or say.

Well written and nicely edited, this story is a great read for when time is short and you need something a little uplifting; you know...a story that makes you smile. Follow your heart and give this one a try, and for a bit of extra inspiration...read about the authors at the end of the book.

Solid 4 1/2 star read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Romanticized, yes. Human, totally. This tale would give you the empathy needed to understand the suffering of terminal patients and the every day life of a new nurse..
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sweet February 6, 2014
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A touching story about the power of change in the lives of three people and the power of one on someone else. Sweet short story. Loved it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Uplifting Story June 3, 2014
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Marcus Engel has written an inspiring story. The day to day job of a nurse can become very tiresome and grow old quickly. Hope, the nurse, in this story takes it upon herself to "feel" what the patient needs and wants and acts on it. Bravo!
Not all hospital employees can empathize with their patients and happy is the patient who has a kind and compassionate nurse.
Very good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring December 15, 2013
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A great read for the heart. Many good tips to deal with life. I didn't know I was looking for these ideas until I read this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Nice quick read December 2, 2013
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if your looking for a good quick read this is a good choice. my first read on my new kindle fire :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars amazingly beautiful November 27, 2013
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its a short book with a huge story. loved it. it made me want to start a blog of myself during nursing school
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Alright book
I wish the book was longer and had some more substance but overall it was an interesting book to read. I just feel it was rushed and could have had more development.
Published 2 months ago by slymn
5.0 out of 5 stars An encouraging story
This. Was an uplifting story. I enjoyed it as a quick little read, it left me wanting more. It's light and fluffy as a story but there are times when that is a good thing. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Mariby rushton
5.0 out of 5 stars Open
Very inspiring book. I wasn't sure that I would enjoy reading a book about spirits, but the book gives you Hope that miracles happen everyday. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Clarisa Quarles Diallo
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful
Quick, easy read that has you thinking.
A lesson in following your heart and acknowledging feelings. Recommended to all new nurses.
Published 13 months ago by THERESA FAIVRE
5.0 out of 5 stars Too short
Really loved the story. Would have enjoyed it continuing into a full romance and happily ever after for the two of them.
Published 15 months ago by Shirley Hall
3.0 out of 5 stars nice easy read
The book will leave you wanting more but it ends too abruptly and in some parts they are too vague. Really wanted more to the story of the main character being a brand new nurse... Read more
Published 17 months ago by spottedmamma
4.0 out of 5 stars Great story, but too short!
This was such a great story. Sweet and heartfelt, but I would've loved to read more! There were a few spelling and grammatical errors, though far and few between. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Tierra
3.0 out of 5 stars Too short
Just when you get in to it, it's all over. Great story, just needs to be expanded. Write more and you got it!!!
Published 20 months ago by Kay Slane
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