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Where the Light Enters by Sara Donati

Series: The Waverly Place Series

Publication Date: 10 Sept 2019

Publisher: Berkley Books


Where the Light Enters is a complex family saga set in 1880’s New York and centers around two female doctors. Dr. Anna Savard, an outspoken, bold surgeon married to an Italian New York police investigator, and Dr. Sophie Savard Verhoeven, a mixed race obstetrician and pediatrician as well as also widow of a prominent New York attorney, join forces in this multifaceted story. The women share family ties as well as working relationships, which bind them close in their daily struggle as female doctors during this period in history.

The women have unique personalities and represent strong female role models taking on the issues of sexism and racism in their daily roles. The cast of secondary characters are lively and interesting, contributing generously to the story. Keeping the characters straight initially in this large, complex tale took a bit of work. In addition to a large cast of characters, the multi-layered storylines weave in and out of the intricate plot. In addition to dealing with their daily lives, the women try to help resolve a complicated murder mystery plaguing the women in their area. Read this intriguing tale to find out who was making the women of New York disappear.

I love the historical detail interspersed throughout this story. If you enjoy large, complex historical fiction novels, this book is perfect. I very much enjoyed reading the novel and it went surprisingly fast in spite of its size, a mere 600+ pages.

This ARC copy was received from Berkley Books and Netgalley.com. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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Rating: 4/5

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A Season of Grace by Lauraine Snelling

Series:  Under Northern Skies, Book 3

Publication Date: November 2018

Publisher: Bethany House Publishers

ARC copy from Netgalley.com and Bethany House Publishers

A Season of Grace shares a tale of winter life in northern Minnesota in the early 1900’s highlighting the hardships, tragedies, and hard work that it took to survive during this time. This third novel in the series showcases a new era in the life of the extended Carlson family. Lauraine Snelling brings that feeling of family, faith, and community to readers as she continues her story of the expanding Carlson family.

This story centers around Nilda, one of the newest arrivals from Norway, as she begins working and stretching her wings in the community. This novel had a bit of the dark to it as an uncertain presence from the past shows up in Benson’s Corner. Read this engaging historical family saga to further your acquaintance with the Carlson family and to find out how Nilda deals with her ghost from the past. If you enjoy historical fiction at a slow, comfortable pace, this book will be perfect for you. A great book for a rainy afternoon and a cozy cup of tea!

This ARC copy was received from Bethany House and Netgalley.com in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.

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