Daily Review: Indignities: The Atonement by N. E. Brown
October 20, 2017
Trying to balance life with her children, being the town’s new doctor, and keeping her past a secret, she finds new challenges await her.
Emotionally and physically drained of energy after being in captivity for almost two years, Catherine Merit’s struggles to rebuild her and her children’s lives, continue in Book 3 of the Indignities Trilogy. After her first husband, John Merit, dies of a terminal disease,
Alex Cooper, her second husband, who suffered a gunshot wound to his head, loses his memory and asks to have their marriage annulled, even though she is pregnant with their third child. She is befriended by a young doctor, Samuel Allen, who delivers her third child and their love blossoms as they begin an on again, off again heated love affair. Catherine returns to medical school and graduates in the top five percent of her class.
While working at St. Mary’s Hospital, gossip and rumors about her ill-fated past cause her to be discharged from the hospital where she works. Unable to find work in Galveston, she moves to the small town of Rosenberg, Texas, and opens a clinic.
She meets a powerful man named Michael Atwood, who’s interested in finding out about Catherine’s past. After moving, she discovers Alex Cooper is now married to Atwood’s sister, and also lives in the same town.
Trying to balance life with her children, being the town’s new doctor, and keeping her past a secret, she find’s new challenges await…
Catherine perseveres through the death of her mother and other loved ones and grows into a woman and mother herself. She is befriended by a young doctor, Samuel Allen, who delivers her third child and their love blossoms as they begin an on again, off again heated love affair.
After she graduates from medical school local gossip forces her to move and she opens a clinic in Rosenberg, Texas. Trying to balance life with her children, being the town’s new doctor, and keeping her past a secret, she find’s new challenges await and she is forced to kill a man in order to save herself. It was difficult to put down and I’m looking forward to the fourth book in the series.
By Patricia J. La Vigne
The story continues from Book Two, The Aftermath, when we find Catherine Merit’s husband, Alex Cooper, in the care of Indians near Kountze, Texas following serious injury. His memory has been affected to the point of not being able to recall his past. During his recuperation, he impregnates Mary Windsong, the medicine man’s daughter.
Eventually, the marriage between Alex and Catherine is annulled after he has asked her for a divorce in order to marry Mary, since Alex and Catherine had only been married two months. Catherine didn’t realize at the time she was pregnant with Alex’s child. Catherine learns that her first husband, John, is dying from a terminal blood disease. Catherine takes care of him as he no longer wants any part of his self-serving wife, Carla Deranger.
Nancy Brown has developed a complicated plot of repercussions that happen to Catherine as she tries to raise her two sons in as normal a situation as possible. Catherine is named executrix of John’s will and has to deal with, not only his wife’s determination to contest the will but suffers another rape attack by the attorney who is handling the will. Catherine’s fear that her unborn child might be injured because of it lessens when her doctor proclaims otherwise.
A second injury to Alex’s head causes a serious loss of memory and he is committed to a sanatorium. Through a series of events, Alex’s improvement allows him to go home where he meets a young lady and they marry. Catherine, meanwhile, meets a doctor at the hospital where she is working, and they fall in love.
But Catherine is not ready for marriage. After receiving her medical degree, she decides to leave Galveston because her reputation has been tarnished by Carla’s exaggerated and spiteful gossip to the townsfolk. She learns that Rosenburg, Texas is looking for a physician Catherine applies for the position and is hired. She sells her Galveston home, moves to Rosenburg, buys a large home with the help of her real estate agent and sets up practice.
Within this series of occurrences, she learns that Mary Windsong’s mixed-race daughter, who happens to be around the same age as her daughter, Emma, is rejected by her stepfather, Grey Wolf. Catherine is able to bring the child into her home. Catherine is unmarried, mother to four very young children, and a practicing physician in a new town.
She learns that Alex and his wife also live in Rosenburg. How much of their past life together do Catherine and Alex need to reveal to his wife and her brother? Will the doctor whom Catherine met when she worked at Houston General emergency room have an important role in her life? Catherine has grown from a fifteen-year-old girl to a twenty-one-year-old woman throughout the series.
Nancy Brown has displayed her writing talent in showing the strength and independence inherent in Catherine’s spirit that has developed since her first days at the Galveston orphanage. She takes the reader on a journey of twists and turns throughout the story that makes one wonder how much more will Catherine have to struggle through before she finds a sense of peace in her life.
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