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#5 Wall Street Journal Best Seller and #1 Amazon Best seller, Medicine Men(October, 2014)
#9 Wall Street Journal Best Seller and #1 Amazon Best Seller, Bear in the Back Seat (December 2013)
#7 Wall Street Journal Best Seller and #1 Amazon Best Seller, Heart in the Right Place (September 2012)
Heart in the Right Place chosen as first ever Book of the Month by Family Circle magazine
Awarded Readers Prize by Elle magazine
Featured selection of most major national book clubs
Best Book of the YearLiterary Guild
Best Book Club Book of the YearAmerican Booksellers Association
Great Books About Extraordinary PeopleGreat Books, Great Libraries
Great Read Great Readers Advisory
Top 5 Most Fun Book EverShelf Awareness
Top Summer ReadNew York Public Library
Starred Review in Publishers Weekly -- "Jourdan's dispatches from the reception desk make for a stirring, beautiful memoir that is alternately hilarious and heartbreaking, and ultimately a triumph." "
This is a soul-touching memoir filled with memorable Southern characters, plus plenty of country humor, but mostly a memoir about character -- the transformative power of selfless acts in forgotten places far from the spotlight." John Marshall -- Seattle Post-Intelligencer
"Heartwarming, funny and utterly appealing." Fannie Flagg -- Author of Fried Green Tomatoes
"This is a wonderful book. I would have enjoyed it even if Carolyn wasn't a neighbor of mine in East Tennessee. She is a great writer." Dolly Parton -- Singer, Songwriter, and Actress
About the Author
Carolyn is a former U.S. Senate Counsel to the Committee on Environment and Public Works and the Committee on Governmental Affairs. She has degrees from the University of Tennessee in Biomedical Engineering and Law. Carolyn lives on the family farm in Strawberry Plains, Tennessee, with many stray animals.
Not what I expected. Very religious towards the end. Or perhaps spiritual is a better word. Not exactly stuff wrong with it but not to my taste. I enjoyed it initially but then it went somewhere else entirely. 2.5*
Do not read this if you actually expect to read a mystery novel!
Home care nurse Phoebe MacFarland is a force to be reckoned with at mid-life. She sets out one morning to cure her fear of heights and winds up on a frantic mission to save a man’s life when the mysterious Nick literally drops of the sky from a helicopter. The chase is on, and the description of Phoebe and Nick’s flight from the bad guys will have you on the edge of your seat.
Phoebe and Nick find safe haven with Phoebe’s new and rather mysterious employer, Le Seigneur, whom Phoebe promptly renames “The Boss” to accommodate her upper East Tennessee vowels.” Soon Phoebe realizes “The Boss” has much more for her to do than simply provide home nursing care. Her work for “The Boss” leads her to a deeper understanding of herself, history, and sacred mysteries. But to lighten things up, there is also Phoebe’s glamorous make-over in Paris complete with couture wardrobe
This is a fun and highly entertaining read. I love the blend of Smokey Mountain culture with the paranormal, ancient history, and the sophistication of Europe. As other reviewers have noted, the end strongly suggests a sequel is on the way. Yeah!
I enjoyed the first book of the series and the quirky characters of White Oak, this sequel though is horrendously bad. And yes it is called Nurse Phoebe Book 2, so we must consider it a sequel. We go from the quirky characters to down right stupid and unbelievable characters. To make it worse there is no ending. Terrible book, I wish I could give it less than 1 star.
I liked this book OK. But I found it puzzling. It gave me a couple of things to think about in a superficial way. Certainly the writing is solid and it gets points for being unusual. Maybe it explains itself best: a Midlife Fairytale Adventure.
Carolyn Jourdan is one of those authors whose latest book I will read without bothering to first read the reviews, because I know it's going to be a good one and a huge treat to read. This was no exception. This author is obviously intelligent and well-read. She also has a terrific sense of humor. The characters in her books are the types I'd like to meet in person - the types you know you're going to like. I have never spent time in the Great Smoky Mountains, but she makes me want to go see that beautiful place. This book took me places I had never heard of and it was a fascinating trip. I also learned some new things - that's always good. I hope Ms. Jourdan will keep cranking them out - she is on my 'authors always to read' list.
Great fun! A witty romantic adventure and an hilarious successor to Mrs. Polifax; makes you realize if Jessica Fletcher had been a nurse, there would've been a lot fewer dead bodies littering Cabot Cove. Highly recommended, great detail, and fast pace. You'll love it!