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Falling for the M.D. (Silhouette Special Edition / The Wilder Family)
Falling for the M.D. (Silhouette Special Edition / The Wilder Family) Marie Ferrarella 0373248733 9780373248735 Hed known this day was coming for a long time.Death was not a surprise to him. As a doctor, it was all part of the circle of life. But whi
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Falling for the M.D. (Silhouette Special Edition / The Wilder Family) by Marie Ferrarella

Hed known this day was coming for a long time.Death was not a surprise to him. As a doctor, it was all part of the circle of life. But while he always concentrated on the positive, Dr. Peter Wilder could never fully ignore the fact that death was seated at the very same table as life.His mother, Alice, had died five years ago, a victim of cancer. Now that death had come to rob him for a second time, though, he felt alone, despite the fact that the cemetery was crowded. His three siblings were there, along with all the friends and admirers that his father, Dr. James Wilder, had garnered over the years as a physician and Chief of Staff at Walnut River General Hospital and, toward the end, as the chairman of the board of directors. Despite the cold, gloomy January morning and the persistent snow flurries, there had been an enormous turnout to pay last respects to a man who had touched so very many lives.Despite all of his professional obligations, James had never failed to make time for his family, was always there for all the important occasions that meant something to his sons and daughters.Now both his mother and his father were gone, the latter leaving behind incredibly large shoes to fill.Peter had become the patriarch. As the oldest, he would be the one to whom David and Ella and Anna would turn.Well, maybe not Anna, he reconsidered, glancing over toward her.They were gathered around the grave. Typically, while he, David and Ella were on one side of his fathers final resting place, Anna had positioned herself opposite them. Ten years his junior, Anna was the familys official black sheep.While he, David and Ella had followed their fathers footsteps, Annas feet had not quite fit the mold. He knew that she had tried, managing to go so far as being accepted into a medical school. But then shed dropped out in her freshman year.Anna didnt have the head for medicine, or the heart. So she had gone a different route, earning an MBA and finally finding herself when she entered the world of finance.But there was an even greater reason why the rest of them considered Anna to be the black sheep. His father had been fond of referring to her as the chosen one, but the simple truth of it was, Anna had been a foundling, abandoned as an infant on the steps of the hospital to which the senior Wilder had dedicated his entire adult life.Since James Wilder lived and breathed all things that concerned Walnut River General, it somehow seemed natural that he should adopt the only baby who had ever been left there.Or so hed heard his father say to his mother when he was trying to win her over to his decision. His mother tried, but he knew that she could never quite make herself open her heart to this child whose own parents hadnt wanted her. Maybe because of this, because of the way his mother felt, his father had done his best to make it up to Anna. He had overcompensated.For years, James went out of his way to make Anna feel accepted and a wanted member of the family. In his efforts to keep Anna from feeling unloved, James Wilder often placed his adopted daughter first.Despite all his good intentions, his fathers actions were not without consequences. While they were growing up, Peter and his siblings were resentful of the special treatment Anna received. Especially David, who began to act out in order to win his own brand of attention from their father.Slowly, so slowly that Peter wasnt even certain when it actually happened, it became a matter of their breaking into two separate campshe, David and Ella on the one hand, and Anna, by herself, on the other. The schism continued to grow despite all of their fathers efforts to the contrary. Time and again, James would try to rectify the situation, asking them each what was wrong and what he could do to fix it, only to be told by a tight-lipped child that everything was fine.But it wasnt.He, David and Ella felt that Anna

Author: Marie Ferrarella

Language: English

Binding: Mass Market Paperback

Pages: 224

Publisher: Silhouette Special Edition

Publication Date: 2007-12-26

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ISBN: 0373248733

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