SUMMARY: In the shadow of the nation's capital, Kate Livingston's respectable life as a government worker is disrupted by an encounter with the insufferable Trevor McDonough the one man she'd hoped never to see again. A Harvard-trained physician, Trevor never showed the tiniest flicker of interest in Kate, and business is the only reason he has sought her out now.
Despite her misgivings, Kate agrees to Trevor's risky proposal to join him in his work to find a cure for tuberculosis. As Kate begins to unlock the mysteries of Trevor's past, his hidden depths fascinate her. However, a shadowy enemy lies in wait, and Trevor's closely guarded secrets are darker than she suspected.
As revelations from the past threaten to destroy their careers, their dreams, and even their lives, Trevor and Kate find themselves in a painfully impossible situation. With everything to lose, they must find the strength to trust that hope and love can prevail over all.
REVIEW: There were a few things about this book that I found fascinating. The heroine of this book is different from any other I've ever read. She is very smart, especially in Mathematics, and uses her knowledge instead of hiding it. Even her parent supported her endeavors and encouraged her to use her knowledge. It was refreshing and enjoyable. I also enjoyed learning about tuberculosis and the treatments that were used to help, and hopefully cure, this horrible disease. Helping tuberculosis patients was a dangerous occupation because it was very contagious with little to no hope to be cured once you contracted it. Kate's parents and their boarding house are a fun addition to the story. I love how the boarders have become like family, willing to help each other out. I also like how the adversaries are found out and how the story ends.
There were also a few things I didn't like about the story. Instead of being taken "on a breathless ride" as suggested on the back cover, to me, the story drug in quite a few places. It seems to take a long time find out Trevor's story and why he does the things he does, like giving out his tuberculosis tonic to the poor and prostitutes. While he does have some great ideas regarding treatment plans for his patients, Trevor is really rough around the edges and can be harsher than seems necessary.
This is an interesting book that is worth checking out if you are interested in historical fiction and medical treatments of the day.
This book was provided by Bethany House for review without compensation.
Elizabeth Camden is the award-winning author of five books, including Against the Tide, winner of a RITA Award, Christy Award, and Daphne du Maurier Award. She lives with her husband in Florida and is a research librarian by day while scribbling away on her next novel by night. Visit her website at www.elizabethcamden.com.