The international bestselling author of Where the Light Enters presents a remarkable epic about two female doctors in nineteenth-century New York.
The year is 1883, and in New York City, Anna Savard and her cousin Sophie—both graduates of the Woman’s Medical School—treat the city’s most vulnerable, even if doing so puts everything they’ve strived for in jeopardy...
Anna’s work has placed her in the path of four children who have lost everything, just as she herself once had. Faced with their helplessness, Anna must make an unexpected choice between holding on to the pain of her past and letting love into her life.
For Sophie, an obstetrician and the orphaned daughter of free people of color, helping a desperate young mother forces her to grapple with the oath she took as a doctor—and thrusts her and Anna into the orbit of anti-vice crusader Anthony Comstock, a dangerous man who considers himself the enemy of everything indecent and of anyone who dares to defy him.
With its vivid depictions of old New York and its enormously appealing characters, The Gilded Hour is a captivating novel by an author at the height of her powers.
The gilded hour
I enjoy reading historical fiction. In this book I learned a lot regarding the medical care of women. It held my interest throughout. Was disappointed with the ending. Felt it was rushed and that there were many loose ends. Could have read another 300 pages or another book to answer questions that were still out there.
The Best so Far
I was so pleased to be able to tie in the past with the present with this novel… I think personally it’s the best so far that I’ve read and I’ve read them all… Buy this book you will love it!
The Gilded Hour by Sara Donati
I just finished this book having done a marathon read of her previous "Into The Wilderness" series. I am enthralled with the interwoven histories of her characters and the history of America in it's formative years as a frontier, and then later as a burgeoning metropolis. To say that I was also intrigued and entertained seems too trivial an attempt for conveyance of my deep appreciation of Donati's gift for writing. I look forward to the next book and to recommending this author and her works to as many friends as I can.