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.
Elizabeth Camden in her new book, With Every Breath published by Bethany House brings us into the lives of Kate Livingston and Trevor McDonough.
From the back cover: In the shadow of the nations capital, Kate Livingstons respectable life as a government worker is disrupted by an encounter with the insufferable Trevor McDonough, the one man shed 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 Trevors risky proposal to join him in his work to find a cure for tuberculosis. As Kate begins to unlock the mysteries of Trevors past, his hidden depths fascinate her. However, a shadowy enemy lies in wait and Trevors closely guarded secrets are darker than she ever 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.
Tuberculosis may be wiped out in our time but back then in 1891 it was a terrible and powerful disease that there was no cure for. Now we are talking history as Kate and Trevor have to work together to try to find a cure for a ravaging disease. Part of the problem is these two dont really like each other. Well, actually they do but it is going to take a lot of work before they will admit it. Both of them have secrets that have to be dealt with if they are ever going to move forward with their lives and there is someone who is trying to stop them. Ms. Camden has given us an exciting story filled with drama and suspense. On top of all this there is a romance. Ms. Camden is an amazing writer and she has given us a work that will have us thinking long after we have finished reading the book. Well done.
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This is a fabulous book. Elizabeth Camden has taken the heartbreaking subject of Tuberculosis and woven a tale of love, hope and perseverance.
Kate is a young woman who is full of life even though life has dealt her some serious blows. When Kate is offered an appealing new job with the hospital she is shocked to discover the identity of her new boss, and has to decide if she can overcome the past to obtain the promising position.
Trevor has never forgotten the years he spent at school with Kate, nor the reason she continues to hold a grudge against him, but he still offers her the job as his assistant in seeking a cure for the deadly disease, Tuberculosis.
I enjoyed seeing the relationship develop between these two unlikely characters as they helped strengthen each other's weaknesses and they both strive to become all that God has for them to be.
I received a copy of this book from Bookfun.org in exchange for my honest opinion.
In With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden, Dr. Trevor McDonough Kendall is a prominent tuberculosis researcher in the nations capital. He enlists the help of a former school rival to work with him collating the research data in his quest to treat this deadly disease. While initially reluctant due to their stormy history, Kate Livingston accepts because she is desperate for a meaningful job utilizing her talents with statistics. As the two work together, they find they work better as a team than as rivals, but secrets threaten to keep them apart even as they develop feelings for one another.
I was intrigued with the medical details in the novel; spread throughout the story to avoid overwhelming the reader, there is a lot packed in about research during the time period in which the story takes place. I was especially interested in the patients sentiments and their use of gallows humor as they faced what was, at the time, a death sentence.
I appreciated the realistic spiritual content as well. These characters struggle with trusting God, some more than others, and we feel their pain and fear as they face the obstacles in their paths. Fear is deeply ingrained in Kate as a result of past losses, and she battles it throughout the tale. But there is so much hope and eternal perspective woven throughout the narrative that I found my own faith strengthened as I read and considered Gods sovereignty. Forgiveness, trust, and following the call God places on our lives are also addressed in these pages.
Ms. Camdens writing is outstanding. There is quite a lot of effective foreshadowing in this book, but it is skillfully done and never feels predictable. There are several twists that I never saw coming and a few times I expected something, only to have the opposite happen. Characterization is deep, and the romance in this novel is first-rate.
From the moment I first read Elizabeth Camdens work, I was hooked. Thats why I was thrilled to be selected to review her latest novel, With Every Breath. Packed with historical detail about tuberculosis research and the medical profession during the late 1800s, this book is a fascinating look back into history. I would highly recommend this tale to any fan of historical fiction, but especially to those interested in medical history, tuberculosis, womens careers, or even politics and the military as they play a minor role in the story as well.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through The Book Club Network at bookfun.org in exchange for this honest review.