The Doctor's Bride by Patt Marr

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Who Wasn't Trying To Fix Up Dr. Zack Hemingway?

Even his boss had handpicked two of his three daughters as perfect candidates for the position of Zack's wife. But it was the other daughter who'd caught Zack's no-longer roving eye.

A sweet Christian woman who worked with children in need, Chloe Kilgannon possessed everything he wanted in a wife. Except a willingness to say I do. Why? What was Chloe hiding—or hiding from? Zack had to find out before he lost Chloe for good. For when his own family dropped a life-changing bombshell on him, he knew that some secrets were truly meant to be shared.


About Patt Marr

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Patt is a published author, a musician, a counselor, a business teacher and a church leader in music, drama, TV production and education. Born Patricia Campbell in Chillicothe, Missouri, Patt was raised and adopted by her maternal grandparents. Her school friends knew her as Pat Donovan, the girl who played the piano and clarinet, who always had a job (Library, Chamber of Commerce, J.C. Penney's), who loved being Barnwarming Queen, who played the organ at church before she was old enough to drive and who skipped her senior year because her grandfather was ill and wanted to see her graduate from high school and go on to college.As a teenager, she read the library's collection of Grace Livingston Hill's faith-based romances, but she didn't dream of writing a book herself. She won the Freshman Writing Award at Culver-Stockton College in Canton, Missouri, but writing wasn't as interesting as the captain of the basketball team. Patt married David "Squeak" Marr the summer after his graduation, and they moved to Macon, Missouri. He coached and taught, and she led a Girl Scout troop, drove cheerleaders to away games, kept the basketball shot chart and was active at church.At the same time, Patt commuted to college — Northeast Missouri State University (now Truman State U) — and took the maximum load — mostly business classes, preparing to support herself if she had to. Any children she might have would not be raised by grandparents. She didn't expect to graduate, but she did at age 20, with honors and with child.During a prayer for financial help, Patt received a phone call with an offer to teach in a one-room school — grades one to eight. Since she knew nothing about children and wasn't prepared to teach them, she declined the offer and returned to praying. The idea, however, stuck, and she did accept the position for one year. Patt says she learned more from the children than they may have learned from her. Later, she saw this period as a God set-up, for she worked with thousands of children in Sunday school, children's church, children's choirs and vacation Bible school over the years.Son Dane was born two years after daughter J-J. The family lived in East Moline, Illinois, where David coached and Patt was a substitute teacher. When the kids were in school, Patt taught business full-time, earned her master's degree in guidance and counseling, switched to the counseling department and loved being a mother. During those busy years of raising children, attending ball games, doing church ministry, performing music, building a house and working a challenging job, Patt discovered a perfect way to relax.Short contemporary romances provided a wonderful three-hour escape, and Patt's friend Jackie provided the books. In the church parking lot, Jackie passed on big grocery bags full of romance novels. Jackie rated the books by tearing off the cover corners, and Patt learned that readers don't always agree on what makes a great book, even when they're great friends.After reading a few hundred of these books, Patt knew she could write one herself. She bought her first computer, gave it a try and discovered that it was so easy it only took her 10 years to write a book that would sell. That book was a faith-based romance, a little like the Grace Livingston Hill books Patt still loved. Angel in Disguise, a Steeple Hill Love Inspired book, won the National Readers Choice award for the Best Inspirational Romance of 2000.When Patt's next book was rejected, she redecorated the house and focused on her terrific family, her treasured friends and her wonderful church that started with 40 people and grew to more than 1,500 in eight years. She ran from the rejection instead of remembering that readers don't always agree on what makes a great book.Finally, in the winter of 2003, she realized that words were cheap, and it would cost her nothing but free time if she got back to business and tried again. If God wanted to use her to write inspirational romance, she could do her part. It was a good decision. She sold that book that July! Her husband was thrilled, possibly because she would stop redecorating. Her family and friends rejoiced and made her think she had done a great thing.Watch the web site for the publication dates of future books by Patt Marr.
Published January 1, 2008 by Steeple Hill Love Inspired. 224 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality, Romance, Literature & Fiction, History. Fiction

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