NOTE: I was given a copy of this book from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
Oh, I really liked this book. Elizabeth Camden is a talented, incredible writer. She has the ability to discuss historical social issues [in this story, tuberculosis] with accuracy AND make them easily understood. She chooses a good location [in this story, Washington, DC where all matter of important subjects are discussed] and includes a boardinghouse which allows the lives of all different sorts of individuals to intersect. She weaves just the right amount of intrigue into the story without those details becoming cumbersome to the flow of the story [in this story, Dr. Kendalls past was shared but always one MORE missing link about the one(s) intent on destroying him]. And the character development and dialogue in Ms. Camden’s novel is exceptional. The banter between Kate and Trever McDonough/Kendall is both sharp & funny but written in a manner that is neither insulting nor cruel. When trading barbs back & forth as they do, that is not an easy task.
I liked the fact, too, that Camden tackled the cure for consumption/tuberculosis but instead of placing her characters during the time when a cure was found [which might have been the predictable setting], instead she placed them some fifty years earlier. During these years, as doctors attempted to find a cure, it was a time of great fear/uncertainty but the author was able to emphasize the importance of doctor’s work, even if they did not themselves live to see the results. I love the line “…it takes a higher type of courage to fight a losing rather than a winning fight.”
It’s a good book. A fun read. I recommend highly.
NOTE: For the sake of providing a completely honest review, I must say I did NOT like this cover. The cover depicts what I perceive as a graceful/delicate young lady but I visualize Kate, based on her character is this story, to be more spunky, more adventures, more alive! So, I don’t think the cover is a good representation of the book.