The Fireman and Nurse Loveday

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Mills & Boon Medical Romance

Apr 2011

ISBN: 9780263879339


Harlequin Medical Romance

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From shy nurse to blushing bride

School nurse and local wallflower Flora Loveday would rather spend time with her pupils than even think about dating - until smoking hot fireman Tom Nicholson enters her life... But Tom's interest in her is just becuase she's put a smile on his troubled young nephew's face - isn't it?

Whilst Flora's bond with little Joey is invaluable, Tom has to admit he wants her around for other reasons. Flora has a beauty strangely overlooked by others, but Tom's going to awaken the passion she tries desperately to hide...

Also released as:

  • UK hardback (Apr 2011, ISBN: 9780283218954)
  • UK large print hardback (date and ISBN tbc)
  • Also released in Australian paperback (May 2011, ISBN 9781742559339).


Behind the Book

I was thrilled to be asked to take part in the third Penhally series - although it's known as St Piran's (after the hospital and town where it's set), my book is actually set in Penhally Bay.

So we have Flora, the shy village nurse; and Tom, the hunky fireman whose life is turned upside down and he becomes a stand-in dad to his orphaned nephew Joey.

Yes, of course there's a dog (my editor knew if she didn't include one in the plot, I'd sneak one ine!). And I had fun revisiting previous characters, too.

I did borrow bits of my children's favourite places from when they were Joey's age. (The science museum has a lot in common with both the Science Museum in London and the centre in Bristol!)

And I really enjoyed getting Flora out of her shell, and making Tom learn that it's OK to commit to someone.

Read a Bit

The familiar warble flooded through the fire station and the tannoy gave a high-pitched whine.

Was it a drill, Tom wondered, at 2:00 p.m. on a Friday afternoon?

And then he heard the words, 'Turnout, Vehicles 54 and 55. Fire at Penhally Bay Primary School. Query trapped children.'

Joey's school.

Fear lanced through him. Please, God, let this be a drill.

Except he knew it wasn't. Their drill was always a fire at 3 King Street, St Piran which just so happened to be the address of the main fire station in the area. Which meant that this was real.

He headed straight for engine 54, where the rest of the crew were already stepping into their protective trousers, jackets and boots Gary, as the driver, was exempt. Steve, the station manager, was in the front seat, tapping into the computer and checking the details.

'What have we got, Guv?' Tom asked as he swung into the seat next to Steve, the doors went up and the engine sped down the road towards Penhally Bay.

Steve checked the computer screen. 'Explosion and fire at Penhally Bay Primary.' He gave the driver, Gary, the map reference, even though everyone knew exactly where the school was, on the hill overlooking the bay. 'Called in by Rosemary Bailey, the headmistress. The fire's in a corridor by a store room and it's blocked off three rooms. Two of the classes were out, so that leaves the quiet room and the toilets. They're still checking off the kids' names, so they're not sure right now if anyone's in there or not.' He paused. 'The store room contains all the art stuff, so we're talking about flammable hazards and possible chemical inhalation from glue and what have you. Tom, you're lead. Roy, you're BAECO.' The breathing apparatus entry co-ordinator kept the control board with the firefighters' tallies in place so he knew who was in the building, how long they'd been in there, and when he needed to call them out because their oxygen supplies would be starting to run low.

'The rest of you, follow Tom's lead. We'll start with the tanks in the appliances, then we'll set the hydrant and check the supply.'

'Right, Guv,' the crew chorused.

'Who's our backup?' Tom asked. Two engines were always sent out for an initial call, and then more would be called as needed, staggering their arrival.

'King Street's on standby,' Steve said. 'And the paramedics are on their way.'

All standard stuff, Tom knew.

'Nick Tremayne is going to be there, too,' Steve added.

Tom had attended fires with Nick in attendance before, and knew that the GP was unflappable and worked well in a crisis. 'That's good.' And Tom was really relieved that his crew was taking the call, so he could see for himself that his nephew was fine.

And Joey would be fine.

He had to be.

Joey was all Tom had left of his big sister since the car accident that had claimed her life and her husband's just over a month ago, at New Year. Losing her had ripped his heart to shreds; the idea of anything happening to his precious nephew, the little boy his sister had entrusted to his care...

His mind closed, refusing to even consider the idea. Joey couldn't be one of the trapped children. He just couldn't.

But, all the way there, Tom was horribly aware of the extra problems that small children brought to a fire. Physically, they were much frailer than an adult, and their bodies couldn't cope as well as an adult's with the heat of a raging fire. And then there was the fear factor. Everyone was scared in a fire you couldn't see your hand in front of your face, thanks to the choking thick smoke, and the heat and noise were incredible. Children found it even harder to cope with the way their senses were overwhelmed, and sometimes got to the point where they simply couldn't follow directions because they were too frightened to listen.

Please, God, let Joey be safe, he prayed silently.


p>From the book The Fireman and Nurse Loveday by Kate Hardy.

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Written with all the warmth, tenderness and sensitivity that have become her hallmarks, The Fireman and Nurse Loveday is Kate Hardy's latest charming and mesmerizing romance. With a loveable heroine women will relate to, a gorgeous hero everyone will love and plenty of medical drama to keep readers on the edge of their seats, The Fireman and Nurse Loveday is a fabulous romance readers shouldn't dare miss. A beguiling and stirring Medical Romance that is sure to tug at readers' heartstrings and leave them with a great big smile on their face, The Fireman and Nurse Loveday is Kate Hardy's latest sure-fire winner.

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It was a sweet love story. . .The depth of characterization and intense emotional scenes amid the medical and fire fighting drama made this story believable.

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