2023 Wishing Shelf Awards finalist
2023 Honorable Mention for Best Catholic Fiction by Catholic Media
2023 Honorable Mention for Best Front Cover
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.
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. She became an Oblate of St. Benedict's Monastery, St. Joseph, Minnesota in 2010.
"It is just the book to curl up with on cold winter evenings or to take on vacation." - Mary Kathleen Glavich, SND
“A delightfully cosy (British spelling) story, perfect for readers who enjoy medical novels and strong, easy to root for characters. Highly recommended.” - The Wishing Shelf
“. . . The Doctor of Bellechester is a well-written, cozy novel. Its smooth writing, easy dialogue and likable characters create an enjoyable reading experience." - IPBA Benjamin Franklin Award Judge
“ . . . there was sufficient suspense and intrigue about what would happen to dear Emme that I could not put the book down. . . . Daniel O’Leary, Esquire