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The Doctor of Bellechester: Large Print

ISBN: 9781643436906
Binding: Paperback
Author: Margaret A. Blenkush
Pages: 288
Trim: 6 x 9 inches
Published: 7/19/2022

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Dr. Harold Merton, the kindly and caring General Practitioner (GP) for the village of Bellechester, is worried. A near-fatal bout with pneumonia last winter has made him think about the future. If something happened to him, who would take over his practice? Rarely leaving his beloved home in the Shropshire Hills, Harold courageously ventures into 1959 London to find a junior doctor to mentor and who will one day take his place. With the aid of his classmate, Dr. Basil Applegate, who is now Director of Junior Doctors, Harold hatches a plan to discover the most suitable candidate. What could possibly go wrong?

Upon his arrival in London, Harold meets a self-assured, young American woman, Emme. Her act of kindness sets off a chain of events that interweaves their lives in a way neither expected. Hidden identities and unexpected changes to plans lead to three memorable days for both Harold and Emme.

A cozy read suitable for book clubs or classroom teaching. Discussion questions included.

Margaret A. Blenkush is a Minnesota twin by birth who enjoys retirement, gardening, volunteering, sudoku puzzles, hot fudge sundaes, and the changing seasons. An avid sports fan, she follows Johnnie (SJU) football and WILD hockey with a particular passion. She shares her childhood home with her nephew and two pet rabbits. Margaret is a lifelong learner who earned an M.A. in Theology from St. John's University, Collegeville, MN, and an M.L.I.S. from UW-Milwaukee. Suffering a life-changing illness in 2005, she received a medical retirement from her dream job. Always a Benedictine in her heart, she became an Oblate of St. Benedict's Monastery, St. Joseph, MN in 2010.