Rescue Man

Fiction - General
286 Pages
Reviewed on 11/10/2016
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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite

After a run of so-so books, what a joy to pick up Rescue Man by P.J. Patterson. Here's a writer who understands what a novel should do, at least according to noted authority on writing, James Scott Bell: "If you're a novelist, your first job is to entertain." That is what P.J. Patterson does with this utterly charming and endearing story of the Rescue Man. Who is the Rescue Man? He's a bachelor emergency doctor who suddenly finds himself thrust into the role of parenting his two younger siblings when their beloved parents are killed in a car crash while on holiday. Not being able to take the time to properly grieve, Dr. Will Thompkins spends the next couple of decades caring for, nurturing, and guiding his siblings through puberty to adulthood. He becomes amusingly protective in the process, while denying himself simple pleasures like relationships with women.

It's near impossible not to smile as Will's best friend, Lee, and his medical associates constantly try to hook Will up with a gorgeous woman. Will lets that happen a couple of times and enjoys some fabulous sex along the way, all tastefully depicted by P.J. Patterson. But he always runs from any chance of commitment. His first duty is to his "children", his siblings. Planning to stay a bachelor for life, it one day hits him that the children are now adults, planning to move out, and no longer in need of a brother-mother. That's when the realization comes that he too deserves a chance at happiness with the lovely Samantha he's fallen in love with, but he won't admit it to himself or anyone else.

On the surface, Rescue Man is simply a sweet, entertaining story of family love and adult romance. But there is a deeper level that touches readers as they explore, through Will, the heartache and pain of the loss of a parent and the importance of taking time to grieve that loss. Through Will, mature readers will also relate to the insecurity an adult can experience on the dating scene. Using plenty of dialogue, interesting detail and lots of humour, P.J. Patterson takes readers on a joyous ride that touches our hearts. Readers come away feeling like they know Will, his siblings, their rich grandmother, his male and female friends as well...or sometimes as he does. I loved the story, the humour, the unstated depths of emotion. Great use of dialogue; I'm very fond of that when it comes to character revelation and keeping the pace of a book moving. Rescue Man is great writing from a talented novelist. It's almost hard to believe it's P.J. Patterson's first book. What a fabulous start to her writing career.

Susan Sewell

Rescue Man by P.J. Patterson is a wonderful story about a young man's life-altering experience and how he copes. When Will is barely out of his twenties and a new resident doctor, his parents fly to Italy, leaving their twin four-year-olds in his care. While they are in Italy, they die in a car crash. His parents had left their family home to Will and his younger brother Dave to share equally. They had made Will the legal guardian of the four-year-olds, Danny and Julianna. Will moves back to his family home and begins the career of raising a family. Lee, his best friend, moves in with them and together with Maria, the housekeeper, they provide the needed love and stability for the bereaved children. As the years pass and their bonds grow and their ties deepen, Will is happy with his life. What is he going to do when they grow up and leave home? Will gave up his way of life for his family, but will he ever have a life of his own?

Rescue Man by P.J. Patterson is a touching story about the deep love a young man has for his family. I thought this was a beautiful story about true love. Will is a wonderful character and a bit of an enigma. Not once did Will ever feel like he had sacrificed his life, yet he was always putting his life on hold for his children. Although he was a bit neurotic, he was a better parent than most children will ever have. Will and Lee's unconditional love of family envelops the reader like a cozy warm blanket on a frigid day. This book is wonderful! This is one of the best stories I have ever read. It was touching and heart-warming. I am so glad that I was able to read it. This is a beautifully written novel and is suitable for mature readers, as there is a small amount of sexual content.

Scila Colombo

Will Thompkins might be fearless in the ER, but when his parents are killed in a car crash and he’s left to raise two orphaned siblings, his own world changes drastically. Puzzled by pain but determined to take care of his family, Will moves back into the Berkeley home of his youth and, with his best friend - Lee - at his side, they start a new life. But things aren't always as easy as they might seem and Will learns it the hard way: his stubborn grandmother tries to win custody of the youngest Thompkins and an old pre-nup threatens to separate the family. When everything seems lost, Samantha Parrish offers a glimpse of hope: she reconnects Will to the community of Berkeley - in which they both grew up - and offers him a chance for redemption. Will the Thompkins family survive?

Rescue Man is an easy-flowing read that captures readers with its simplicity. An unpredictable, authentic, lovely story filled with all the right ingredients: family, love, humor, loss, resilience and final redemption. The fluent prose and the captivating plot make impossible to stop reading and, as the story goes on, you find yourself developing a true attachment to the Thompkins family: Will, the twins Jules and Danny, and Lee are so good together that they almost look real. With no doubt, author P.J. Patterson's ability to draw such magnificent characters is one of the reasons that make this story so great and enjoyable. Rescue Man is a charming read, able to touch your heart deep down where selfless love and true hope reside.

Anne-Marie Reynolds

Rescue Man by P.J. Patterson is a tale of life and love. Will Thompkins rules in the ER. He is the man to turn to in fixing up a victim of an accident and if you need a crazed addict sorting out, just ask for Will. When his parents die in an accident, Will is left to bring his siblings up by himself. Suffering from pain, he moves the family back home to Berkeley and dives into parenting head first. Standing by him is Lee, a childhood friend, a friend who gets rid of his girlfriend and steps into the breach to help Will bring up the children and to heal his wounds. Will’s grandmother is wealthy and can well afford to take over custody of her youngest grandchildren, but Will fights her, along with a pre-nup and a life of failed relationships. Then he meets Samantha Parrish, a woman who gives him another chance to redeem himself but, to take advantage of it, he must put his parents’ death behind him. Will he take the chance with both hands or will he continue to sink further down into despair?

Rescue Man by P.J. Patterson is a wonderful story. It isn’t just a tale though; it contains a lot of lessons that we can all learn about life and love. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this. It was one of those books that just caught hold of me and walked me through the story, by the side of the characters, and allowed me to live life vicariously through them. The story had a natural flow to it and there was always something going on to keep my attention. The characters themselves were developed very well and anyone who reads this will feel as if they know the main characters personally. This will suit anyone who is looking for a light read to while away a rainy afternoon, an easy read that allows you to lose yourself for a few hours.

Faridah Nassozi

In Rescue Man by P.J. Patterson, Will Thompkins' life is completely shattered by a tragic accident that not only takes his parents, but also leaves him an instant parent. One moment he is a successful ER doctor with little else to worry about and the next minute he is juggling the demands of raising two pre-schoolers. He has no clue about parenting, but he is not about to abandon his twin siblings either; the least he can do is fulfill his father's wishes and be the best parent figure he can be. From his life as a single man, Will has to transform into a father while at the same time balancing it all with his very demanding career. With the help of some kin, he finally finds his balance between fatherhood and work. However, as successful as his career and parental paths are, his love life is still seriously wanting.

Rescue Man by P.J. Patterson is a very touching and deeply inspiring read about one man's efforts to rebuild his family and give two little orphans a home and the love that was taken away from them. Will's desire to be the best parent and his efforts to make it even when his skills are constantly tested will be a source of inspiration for many readers. Will Thompkins' trials and triumphs make him a realistic character that I believe many readers will relate to and root for. His successes and failures make him feel that much more human. The story shares a great lesson on the invaluable worth of the support of family and friends during trying times.