While I love a good novel, I struggle to find a well-written, clean, and intriguing novel. Of the seventy-nine books I read last year, only four were novels.
What can I say? After youve read classics like To Kill a Mockingbird and L.M. Montgomerys Anne books, its hard to read bland fiction.
Elizabeth Camdens With Every Breath is certainly not bland or boring.
Set in 1891 Washington D.C., Kate Livingston is a lively, brilliant, redheaded statistician. When she receives a mysterious request to interview for a job at Washington Memorial Hospital, Kate is launched on a journey filled with past rivalries, death threats, and medical research on one of the most deadly diseases of the time.
As Kate struggles to come to grips with her faith and the brevity of life, she is confronted with her lack of faith, the finitude of humanity, and the Sovereignty of God (Proverbs 3:5, Psalm 103:15-16, Proverbs 16:9).
Overall, With Every Breath is a wonderful and fascinating novel that I will be reading again, and would highly recommend. I would give With Every Breath an A.
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This was my first read by Elizabeth Camden but I will definitely be pulling her other novels out of to be read pile. This author has a way with words and her writing is so elegant it brought the scenes to life for me. As an added bonus, her books always have some of the most beautiful covers!
Kate Livingston had always dreamed of going to college but her hopes were shattered when her high school rival Trevor McDonough won the scholarship award instead. Now she has a respectable government job as a statistician where her ability with numbers could really shine if her insufferable boss didnt discourage anyone trying to better their position. When Trevor shows up out of the blue with a job offer studying Tuberculosis, Kate leaps at the chance although it will mean working closely with the man who shattered her dreams. Can they learn to trust and forgive each other?
I truly enjoyed every inch of this story. It was interesting learning more about Tuberculosis and seeing how Trevor threw himself into his work with disregard for his own health in order to help others. I loved Kate as well. She was a smart and deeply caring individual who grew a lot as a character. I would recommend this book to historical fans and cant wait to read more from this author!
***I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own***
With Every Breath is a gripping historical novel, as expected from this talented author. Kate Livingston works with her former school rival as he seeks a cure for the deadly disease of tuberculosis in 1879 Washington, D.C. She needs the job to help support her family but comes to care deeply for the patients and the work and the doctor who challenges her in so many ways. Revelations of past secrets threaten her well-being, but she struggles to maintain her trust in God and her hope for the future. She has already lost too many people close to her and hates death. Can she risk loving again?
It has been too long since I have read a book by Elizabeth Camden. With Every Breath was such a delightful read and one of my top ten favorites for this year. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would. This story was the type of story I could not put down and I read it within two days. I have not had a book capture my attention like that in a while. One, in which, it so captures my imagination it makes it hard to join the real world again. I enjoyed both the hero and heroine. They both have faced some pretty sad circumstances throughout their lives. Both Trevor and Kate are likable, and due to their life circumstances and experiences they are very mature in their decision making. Their love story was slow and simmering, and their wit and banter was enjoyable to watch. I also liked that even though they did love each other, they both understood that it might be best if they just remained friends. As I was joyfully reading along, Ms. Camden dropped in a twist that literally took my breath away. Not only is the romance nice, but the history of tuberculosis was very interesting as well. This is a must read book and I look forward to reading all of Elizabeth Camdens books. I received this book from the The Book Club Network, Inc. (TBCN) and the opinions are my own.