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Reviewed by Lucinda E Clarke for Readers' Favorite
The storyline for The Sick Wife by Loretta Lost was a surprise in itself. A patient desperately ill in hospital asks her Intensive Care nurse to phone her husband and tell him where she is. They have been estranged for several months but she’d like him to know she was terminally ill. Shortly after that, Yvette is put into an induced coma, but the conversations between nurse Camilla and husband Gabriel continue. As the days pass, they develop a deep love for each other but cannot meet. He is in France and she is in Canada and the restrictions imposed during the Covid lockdown prevent travel. Despite her guilt over her online affair with Gabriel, Camilla gives her best nursing care and does everything in her power to make life a little better for her patient, for example, sitting talking to her and even painting her toenails. She was torn between her love for a man and the promises she made to her profession as a nurse. I do not wish to include any spoilers, but the story takes an unexpected twist that I didn’t see coming.
Decisions of right and wrong are highlighted in The Sick Wife by Loretta Lost. The characters were well drawn, the book was an easy read, and despite much of the story taking place in a hospital and Camilla’s apartment, it never became boring. I did not see the twist in the story, which flies along at a pace that does not flag at any point. The author’s skill in defining both women as clearly as she does makes them very recognizable for the reader. The words flowed from page to page, although the ending was perhaps a little unrealistic and left me wanting to know more of the background of some of the characters. It is certainly worth reading.