Book Reviews

All the Little Moments by G. Benson at Ylva Publishing

Genre Lesbian / Contemporary / Doctors/Nurses/EMTs/Vets / Romance
Reviewed by jj on 07-January-2016

Book Blurb

A successful anaesthetist, Anna is focused on herself, her career, and her girlfriend. Everything changes abruptly when her brother’s and sister-in-law’s deaths devastate her and her family. Left responsible for her young niece and nephew, Anna finds herself dumped and alone in Melbourne, a city she doesn’t even like. She tries to navigate the shock of looking after two children battling with their grief while managing her own.

Filled with self-doubt, Anna feels as if she’s making a mess of the entire thing, especially when she collides with a long-legged stranger. Anna barely has time to brush her teeth in the morning, let alone to date a woman—least of all one who has no idea about the two kids under her care.

Just when Anna finally starts to feel as if she’s getting some control of the situation, the biggest fight begins and Anna really has to step up once and for all.


Book Review

This is a remarkable story that accomplishes something extraordinary. It is an astounding composite of *little moments* that grows, moves, envelops the two main women, their working worlds, plus their families. The story is set primarily in Melbourne. Some specifics that may exist only in Australia, to the best of my knowledge, do take center stage later in the book during a specific legal proceeding. Actually, I was rather impressed and warmly favorable to this country for what felt like more forward thinking and openness than I am aware of in my own country. Bottom line and best of all this book is thoroughly charming and emotionally engaging. Good show!

Doctor Anna Foster is an acknowledged and accomplished anesthetist. This field of medicine suits Anna perfectly since she isn't great at small talk or delivering terrible news to parents and loved ones. She is affectionately called Aunty Na by her niece and nephew, which eventually helps ground her, I believe, to the enormous responsibility she needs to take on. A shocking and deeply emotional event places the entire Foster family into varying states of disarray. It is possible that Dr. Foster has her life upended, redirected, and astoundingly refocused more than any other within the family. I was especially touched by this woman's struggle as she faces the nearly unthinkable. Bravo as a heroine truly rises to the occasion!

Lane Bishop tells Anna Foster while she performs a preliminary examination on her niece Ella in the emergency room, that she is, in fact, a nurse and not a more
competent doctor than the one Dr. Foster scared away. This second encounter between Lane and Anna is just one of many delicious interactions that solidify these two creating a much needed credible foundation to hold together a family under construction and assault from certain nefarious and devious individuals. Lane is a most delightful character adding solid and passionate support to the family members now linked together due to tragic circumstances and, in essence, fighting for their right to follow the desires of the dearly departed. Bravo!

There are countless *little moments* within this book that warmed my heart and opened my eyes to the fortitude and beauty that seems to thrive in Australia!





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Additional Information

Format ebook
Length Novel, 379 pages/132000 words
Heat Level
Publication Date 12-August-2015
Price $9.99 ebook
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