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The international bestselling author of Where the Light Enters presents a remarkable epic about two female doctors in nineteenth-century New York.
The year is 1883, and in New York City, Anna Savard and her cousin Sophie—both graduates of the Woman’s Medical School—treat the city’s most vulnerable, even if doing so puts everything they’ve strived for in jeopardy...
Anna’s work has placed her in the path of four children who have lost everything, just as she herself once had. Faced with their helplessness, Anna must make an unexpected choice between holding on to the pain of her past and letting love into her life.
For Sophie, an obstetrician and the orphaned daughter of free people of color, helping a desperate young mother forces her to grapple with the oath she took as a doctor—and thrusts her and Anna into the orbit of anti-vice crusader Anthony Comstock, a dangerous man who considers himself the enemy of everything indecent and of anyone who dares to defy him.
With its vivid depictions of old New York and its enormously appealing characters, The Gilded Hour is a captivating novel by an author at the height of her powers.
About the Author
Sara Donati is the international bestselling author of the Wilderness series, which includes Into the Wilderness, Dawn on a Distant Shore, Lake in the Clouds, Fire Along the Sky, Queen of Swords, and The Endless Forest. The Gilded Hour and Where the Light Enters follow the story of the descendants of the characters from the Wilderness series.
Praise for Sara Donati and The Gilded Hour A Seattle Times Best Book of 2015!
“Spellbinding.... Captivating....An enthralling love story [and] a heartwarming celebration of human kindness.”—The Seattle Times
“Powerful...gorgeous, vividly described.”—People
“Compelling....This satisfying read, rich in interpersonal relationships of many kinds, is part romance, part mystery, and part serial-killer thriller.”—Booklist (starred review)
“Each time you open a book, you hope to discover a story that will make your spirit of adventure and romance sing. This book delivers on that promise.”—New York Times bestselling author Amanda Quick
“Lushly written...Exemplary historical fiction, boasting a heroine with a real and tangible presence.”—Kirkus Reviews
“Hugely satisfying.”—The Orlando Sentinel
“Epic in scope, emotionally intense...an enrapturing, grand adventure.”—BookPage
“From page one, the action is nonstop. The more you read, the better it gets.”—Tulsa World
“An elegant, eloquent word journey...The author has [a] gift for capturing the history and the lives of the people of that time and place.”—The Tampa Tribune