✫.•° Blurb °•.✫
Forensic Nurse Paloma Parker seems to have her life in order. She is a successful career woman who is intelligent and confident in her abilities, but she just can’t seem to have a meaningful romantic relationship. Her newest patient, an incarcerated juvenile named Ella, has a connection to her that is fully realized when Paloma’s family secret is revealed. As Ella yearns for inner peace and Paloma searches for love, these two women may just hold the key to each other’s very different kinds of freedom.
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✫.•° My Review °•.✫
Paloma Parker is a forensic nurse working in a Young Offenders Institute. Her latest case is Ella Cavendish. Ella has been convicted of a terrible crime, one that anyone would find hard to forgive.
The Divine Pumpkin looks not only Ella’s journey of dealing with the ramifications of her crime, it also looks at Paloma’s work and personal life too. As we follow this story it becomes apparent that Paloma and Ella have a lot more in common than first meets the eye.
I’m not saying more with regards to the plot because I don’t want to post any spoilers.
This book has been written extremely well. It’s clear to see that Hemmie Martin has put a lot of time, care and attention into her writing. The way the counselling sessions are written show the knowledge that Hemmie has from her own time doing that job and for me that adds another layer of believability to this book. Hemmie’s writing is incredibly informative, it allows a clear image to be formed in your minds eye as your reading, but at the same time leaves you guessing as to how and what will happen next.
The characters growth and progression is gradual, they seem to learn from the events they face. These characters are well thought out, they have depth, emotion (except maybe Daniel) and are realistic.
The overall storyline is interesting, gripping, emotional and a little bit dark in places. He grabs a hold of your attention from the very beginning and pulls you further in the more you read.
Hemmie has a knack of bringing you a book that will make you question certain aspects of your own life as you read about her characters and stories.
The Divine Pumpkin is a gripping, enjoyable, thought-provoking tale!
✫.•° About The Author °•.✫
Hemmie Martin spent most of her professional life as a Community Nurse for people with learning disabilities, a Family Planning Nurse, and a Forensic Mental Health Nurse working with young offenders. She spent six years living in the south of France. She now writes full time.
Hemmie created the DI Wednesday series, featuring DI Eva Wednesday and DS Jacob Lennox, set in and around Cambridge, with fictional villages. There are four books in the series so far.
Hemmie has also written a psychological thriller, Attic of the Mind, and three contemporary women’s fiction, The Reluctant Mother, The Divine Pumpkin and Garlic & Gauloises. Mental health often features in her novels due to her background in forensic mental health nursing.