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A STIRRING AND IMPORTANT MESSAGE FOR THE WORLD!!!!!
29 May 2016
THIS TALE OF a young woman with her heart set on becoming one of just a handful of female Doctors in booming Charleston-era America is a stirring, blood pumping, fascinating and highly entertaining way to spend three hours of your life. Not only do we get to know, and fall in love with the book’s main character, but the reader is blessed with a history lesson on what life was like back when men ruled just about every aspect of western civilisation.
The first shock of the book, however, comes at the end of chapter one when a dear friend of Evie is found alone, on the bank of a local river. Giving birth to an unwanted child. Needless to say the friend dies, the baby lives, Evie has suffered a harsh lesson on what life is *really* like and her destiny is set.
The writing is simple but really glows when the story takes itself to New York. Phrases jump out of the page and grab onto your heart with plentiful abandon, destined to stay there for as long as your mind is able to remember this book. For every step that Evie takes forward, it seems that life itself is determined to force her back two more. But that is sure to make her final success even more grand.
The story itself is blessed with a plethora of strong characters. Some on Evie’s side, most are not. Interesting, she doesn’t receive much support from her family and it is very easy to hate the lot of them. Her true friends are found when she decides to act out on what she believes in, and takes control of her life as per the book’s plot and of course the reader will soon find themselves cheering wholeheartedly for every victory she achieves.
Love is there for the taking as well as one two compelling mysteries to solve. Who is the baby’s father? Will she end up adopting sweet little Mary from the dreaded claws of orphanism? And of course, the only question that matters: will Evelyn become a full fledged practicing Doctor and go on to change the direction of countless women in the process?
I urge you to seek out this book and read it. A modern day classic from a young Australian with not just a story to tell, but a stirring and important message to shout to the world.