Nora Beady, the only female student at a prestigious medical school in Bologna, is a rarity. In the 19th century women are expected to remain at home and raise children, so her unconventional, indelicate ambitions to become a licensed surgeon offend the men around her. Under constant scrutiny, Nora’s successes are taken for granted; her mistakes used as proof that women aren’t suited to the field.
Everything changes when she allies herself with Magdalena Morenco, the sole female doctor on staff. Together the two women develop a groundbreaking surgery: the Cesarean section. It’s a highly dangerous procedure and the research is grueling, but even worse is the vitriolic response from men. Most don’t trust the findings of women, and many can choose to deny their wives medical care.
Already facing resistance on all sides, Nora is shaken when she meets a patient who will die without the surgery. If the procedure is successful, her work could change the world. But a failure could cost everything: precious lives, Nora’s career, and the role women will be allowed to play in medicine.
Nora has struggled to become a doctor. She is the only female at her medical school. She has fought against so much unfairness but her strength and her intelligence always shows through. She and Dr. Morenco, the only female doctor on staff, develop the Cesarean section. And, as you can guess…there is so much resistance in the use of the profound procedure.
Now, if you read any of my reviews you know I LOVE strong women characters. I mean…where would we be if some of these women had not gone before us. This book has one of the best!
Being in the medical field myself, I found this novel fascinating. I love Nora and the medicine. Talk about well researched! This book may not be for everyone, like I said, it has a good bit of science and medicine. But, I was hooked from the very beginning. The struggles women have gone through to have proper medical care and to achieve their goals is all in this book!
Need a fantastic historical fiction…THIS IS IT! Grab your copy today!
I received this novel from the publisher for a honest review.