Humphrey reviews A Doctor for Keeps

I heard an odd flip, flip, flip sound and looked up from the keyboard. Humphrey, who was dressed in a bathing suit and wearing ugly rubber flip-flops, entered my office. He held a book in one hand and sunglasses in the other.

“Good morning,” he said cheerfully. “I’m off to the swimming pool.”

“Why?” I didn’t know he owned flip flops or a bathing suit. Thank goodness they weren’t Speedos.

“I’m going to catch some rays. That’s what the kids say.” He chuckled. “I’m reading Lynne Marshall’s new book, A Doctor for Keeps. Just getting to the good stuff of who Desi is, where she came from, and…”

“No! No spoilers.” I stuck my fingers in my ears. “I just got the book, and it was a gift from Lynne. I haven’t finished it yet. Have you been going through my purse again?”

He glanced up coyly and slid the sunglasses on. “I’ll tuck a sleeve of Fig Newtons under my arm, and grab a ginger beer. Ta ta.”           100_1345

A couple of hours later a rather wet bear stood next to my office chair. “Forgot to take a towel,” he said and shook his fur like a puppy.

A fine spray hit me. “Hey, knock it off.”

“Pardon me.” Humphrey handed over the book.

I glanced at the cover of A Doctor for Keeps, it’s so cheerful. It radiates happiness and love. Heartlandia. That’s the name of the fictional town in Oregon where Desi Rask has gone in search of identity, family, and a place to call home.

“I’m heading to the recliner to finish the story.”

“It’s like us,” Humphrey said, following me while flapping a paw several times between us. “Family, it isn’t only about blood, and genetics, or color of skin, or lack of fur.”

I stared hard at him. Lack of fur?

“When you’ve matured you get to choose who your family is,” he said, gazing at the puddles of water he’d left on the floor. “Choosing makes them special. It doesn’t mean that you forget about where you came from, or that you love your birth family any less, it just means that you create for yourself a team of people who totally get you. Who always have your back, and who love you without question. Like us.”

My eyes started to well-up, and I blinked hard, plopping into the recliner and elevating the footrest.

“I’ll take a shower and dress,” he said. “Then I’ll bring you a tea. Earl Grey?”

I nodded. “Thank you. That would be lovely.”

As he walked away he called over his shoulder, “When you email Lynne, tell her I loved the story and can’t wait to read more about the goings on in Heartlandia. Five paws! Five paws!”


lynne-marshallLynne Marshall may be contacted at or on Facebook, or Goodreads. She is a multi-published author with Harlequin Mills and Boon medical romance, Harlequin Special Edition, and single title contemporary romance. A California native, she enjoys travel and finding new locations for her stories.

A Doctor for Keeps is now available in print: and all booksellers. It will be available in eBook format on July 1, 2014.


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21 Responses to Humphrey reviews A Doctor for Keeps

  1. Gina B. says:

    Humphrey is adorable in his flip-flops, cute bathing suit, and stylin’ shades. 🙂 I loved his thoughtful insight into A Doctor for Keeps. Gorgeous cover with beautiful themes, and I’d love to find out if Desi finds the family she’s searching for. Thanks for the review, Humphrey! 😉

  2. robena grant says:

    Hi Gina,
    Thanks for coming by. You’ve made Humphrey’s day. He’s walking around grinning and muttering, “Stylin’ shades.” : ) And yes, you’d enjoy Lynne’s book it really is a heartwarming story.

  3. That Humphrey is so gosh darn adorable! You’re lucky to have him, Roben, and he’s lucky to have you! 🙂 I’ve got Lynn’s book sitting on my desk and am so looking forward to reading it! I agree about the cover – it’s pretty perfect.

  4. robena grant says:

    Thanks, Robin. Humphrey is going to spend the day pushing me aside so he can read comments. Ha ha. Yep, gorgeous cover!

  5. HI Roben and Lynne – What a nice way to wake up this morning! I too have a print copy of Doctor for Keeps on my nightstand! I can’t wait to read it, I’ve heard only good things about this story! And a book from Lynne Marshall is sure to please!

  6. Hi Robena!
    What a lovely surprise to find out my favorite bear in the California desert has read and enjoyed my book. Five paws, wow!
    You’ve started my Monday off with glee.

    P.S. Is that duct tape on his soles? LOL

  7. robena grant says:

    So glad you’re happy, Lynne. It takes special people to “get” Humphrey. : )

    And come over here *shhhhhh* yes, that is duct tape. Faux flip-flops. He thinks they’re the latest fashion. Do you know how hard it is to find flip flops for furry feet? *grin*

  8. Liz Flaherty says:

    “Lack of fur.” You got me. Er, Humphrey got me. Great review. Will add to the growing TBR on my Kindle!

  9. Janie Emaus says:

    What a wonderful review! I love Humphrey.

  10. Sam Beck says:

    Humphrey and I are in total agreement on “A Doctor for Keeps.” I love the gorgeous cover, but the characters and the themes in the pages about family–the one you come from and the one you make–are what earn this story 5 star status. That, plus I kept picturing Chris Hemsworth as Kent Larson. 😉

  11. robena grant says:

    Yes. You’re right on that, Sam. And wow! yes, Chris Hemsworth would be a fabulous Kent. Let’s see if he’s available for the movie. ; )

  12. Marie Miller says:

    Oh, you lovable huggable Humphrey – so adorable! Thank you Humphrey for your thoughts on A Doctor for Keeps. Sorry Lynne – I don’t have the book yet, but it’s been posting on my fb showcasing that fabulous cover. I have been hibernating at home for a while. Need groceries badly so will definitely get your book at the same time… can’t wait!!! Five paws eh Humphrey!

  13. robena grant says:

    Marie, thanks for coming by. Humphrey is blushing under your praise. : 0 You have something good to look forward to in reading ADFK.

  14. Julie says:

    A book made of paper? Set here in Oregon? With a Five Paw review by my favorite cigar-smoking bear? Featuring families of the heart?

    What a perfect post! I’ll go in search of this title right now!