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.
Elizabeth Camden was a new to me author and after reading With Every Breath, I will be searching out other books by her. I initially was drawn in to want to read this book by the beautiful cover but after reading the synopsis I knew I had to give it a try. It was a book that kept my interest and allowed me to finish it in a short amount of time. Kate and Trevor had an early history of competition in the four years of high school. When he beat her out of a college scholarship she vowed to hate him forever. Several years later she was asked to appear for an interview for a job in a hospital as a statistician. None other than Trevor, her nemesis, was the interviewer. He wanted her to help him in his research for a cure for tuberculosis. He had received a medical degree, a new last name mysteriously, and had already established himself as a well known and honored doctor in his field. There were plenty of questions Kate had for the good doctor and his past that he was unwilling to divulge. I found myself staying up late at night reading, intrigued to try and find out more about Dr. Trevor Kendall, just like Kate. Kate finds herself gradually falling for him but worries about the future and his chances of developing tuberculosis from his close contact with his patients. She has already buried one husband and doesn't want to go through that again. My take on the underlying theme is that only God knows how many days we have here on earth and He has a specific purpose for us while we live and breathe here. Having gone through breast cancer myself, I know how precious life is and how we need to appreciate each day we have and celebrate it. That is what Trevor is trying to convey to Kate. Having lived some of my early years with a hospital in my city that was totally devoted to,the care of patients with tuberculosis, I am so thankful a cure was found and that the building is now used for other purposes. Medical science has come a long long way since the early days of research for this disease. The author made the story so real that I found myself coughing a lot while reading. Now that's a great storyteller! I received this book from the publisher through Bookfun.org for my honest review, which I have given.
A little bit of everything that makes a book great
October 12, 2014
"With Every Breath" is a historical fiction with some romance, medical information and a mystery thrown in! The story takes place in Washington DC in the late 1800's. I learned a lot about Tuberculosis in this book, before reading it, I knew very little.
Main Character, Kate, is a strong, intelligent gal who is a hardworking breadwinner. She is tough, but has been hurt by life. When her old school rival, Trevor, hires her to work for him sparks fly! Trevor's goal, to discover the cure for Tuberculosis is always in the forefront of his mind. He is gruff, cranky and determined. Kate is sassy, mouthy, and also determined. (I loved the relationship and personality these two have, in case you couldn't tell!) As they work together to help the ill, something or someone is conspiring against them. I can't spill the beans so you will have to read the book for yourself!
"With Every Breath" is an emotional journey with a clean, easy to read and follow format. A key topic is forgiveness. Learning to love after being hurt is a hard thing, but Kate learns that she needs to move forward and not allow the past to hold her back. Trevor must learn to let others see the real him, and not hide behind his gruff bedside manner. Will these two help each other??
I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest review.
Elizabeth Camden never fails to deliver. Once I read The Lady of Bolton Hall, I was hooked with her writing style. And With Every Breath was even more impressive . Not only is the book filled with historical content, but it also has a romantic plot that made it impossible for me to put the book down.
Kate and Trevor were childhood rivals. The last time they saw each other was at an academic challenge for a college scholarship. No spoiler in this review and With Every Breath must be read to learn who won the competition. Regardless Kate never anticipated seeing Trevor again. But years later, instigated by Trevor, their paths do cross when Trevor hires Kate to assist him in his mission to develop a cure for tuberculosis.
Both Kate and Trevor maintained a very competitive temperament. But that is where the similarities end. Yet even from the beginning of the book, it is easy to feel the spark between them. The reader will be drawn in and begin to desire for Kate and Trevor to somehow find a way to develop a deeper relationship.
But it wont be just the romantic who loves With Every Breath. Those who enjoy historical fiction will be engrossed with all the interesting historical facts that were woven into the story regarding the quest for the cure of Tuberculosis. And it was fascinating to read the numerous different experimental procedures which were attempted. The medical profession simply was unable to pin down exactly what was causing this dreadful disease. Trevors attitude and determination will surely inspire.
Overall this is a great read. I am a Elizabeth Camden fan and will be attentively waiting for any future books. I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.