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Doctor January

Published Date: August 7, 2014

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If you keep looking back, you might miss what’s standing right in front of you …

Six months after a painful break-up from Gordon, Beth’s finally getting her life back on track. She has faith in her own scientific theories and is willing to work hard to prove them. She’s even beginning to see Hibs, her dedicated lab partner, as more than just a lousy lothario in a lab-coat and goggles.

So when Gordon arrives back from America without warning and expects to be welcomed back into Beth’s arms, she’s totally thrown. She also quickly begins to see that Gordon isn’t the man she thought he was … Hibs has always held a candle for Beth, but he can only wait so long for her to realise there’s more to life than being patronised and bullied by the one who’s meant to love and protect her.

Will Beth forsee the explosive nature beneath Gordon’s placid surface before he destroys everything she’s worked for, both inside and outside the lab?

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Rhoda Baxter

Rhoda Baxter
Rhoda Baxter writes contemporary romantic comedies. As her father’s engineering skills were in international demand, Rhoda’s childhood was split between the UK, the Pacific island of Yap, Nigeria and Sri Lanka. Rhoda studied at the University of Oxford and holds a DPhil in microbiology.

When chosing a pen name, she got nostalgic about the bacteria she used to study, (Rhodobacter species) and named herself Rhoda Baxter after them. Now her day job involves protecting and commercialising Intellectual Property generated by University research. This allows her to stay in touch with cutting edge scientific research without having to spend long hours in the lab.

Rhoda is married and has 2 children. They live together in Beverley, East Yorkshire.

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Customer Reviews


  1. Fresh Fiction
    Fresh Fiction at

    …This great fun concept deepens Beth’s experience with her PhD supervisor. The young men attract attention from a cougar lady. And controlling, self-centred boyfriends get their own behavioural study, making this a well-rounded book. Rhoda Baxter has a brilliant theory, well executed and full of excitement, tension and romance. DOCTOR JANUARY should be read by every woman.

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  2. Robyn K
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    Doctor January is a brilliant novel with so much charm. It has the now trade-marked Rhoda Baxter wit- that will make you cry from laughter.

    Beth is besotted with Gordon, but all he does is break her heart. Blinded by her love for him, she can’t see how toxic he really is. He is a bully – whom I think is secretly jealous of her, because he all he seems to want to do is destroy her. I hated Gordon; but that is okay, because I think I was a suppose to.

    I adored Hibs, to me he was a perfect gentleman. It was just a shame Beth didn’t notice him sooner, because it would have saved her a lot of heart ache.

    What I loved so much about Rhoda Baxter’s work, is that it is all rooted in reality. As you read, you see the relationships blossom and you know exactly why her characters end up feeling the way the do.

    Doctor January is a charming read with wonderful rich characters. It is both humorous and heart-warming and will definitely pull on your heart-strings. Chances are you will shout out obscenities towards Gordon at certain parts like I did, but he deserves it.

    Doctor January is the perfect addition to your summer reads. I highly recommend, as you will not be disappointed.

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