The awesome thing about historical fiction, is there is never a want of topics. I love that!
In Elizabeth Camden’s latest, With Every Breath, she brings to life a medical slice of history that I had rarely given thought to – tuberculosis. Do you know how often I thought of TB before this book? When I had to go and get a TB test. But y’all! What a story! It’s an intriguing topic, I loved the characters and I couldn’t put it down!
In the shadow of the nation’s capital, Kate Livingston’s respectable life as a government worker is disrupted by an encounter with the insufferable Trevor McDonough, the one man she’d 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 Trevor’s risky proposal to join him in his work to find a cure for tuberculosis. As Kate begins to unlock the mysteries of Trevor’s past, his hidden depths fascinate her. However, a shadowy enemy lies in wait and Trevor’s 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.
I’ve read a couple of Camden’s novels prior to this, but this one takes the cake for me and I think is definitely her best to date. I mentioned Kate and Trevor already, but I shall expand! I liked them because they were realistic. Kate opens her heart to what path God might have her on (even if its not at all what she would have thought). Then there’s Trevor. I really liked him because he was different than most heroes. And I really liked that he didn’t change who he was (he’s not as “outgoing” as most) and he stayed true to his convictions. He’s actually one of my favorite characters this year.
If you’ve never read Camden’s books, you love her books or even if you haven’t connected with one of her novels, I definitely recommend giving this one a try. You’ll be delighted in this historical read!
So readers, do you like Elizabeth Camden’s books? Also, what piece of history would you love to see brought to life in a novel?
(With thanks to Bethany House for the copy in exchange for my honest review)