Book Review: With Every Breath

8 Jul

51TyzeINTDL._SX321_BO1,204,203,200_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.

pressphoto2-211x300Elizabeth Camden is a research librarian at a small college in central Florida. Her novels have won the coveted RITA and Christy Awards. She has published several articles for academic publications and is the author of four nonfiction history books. Her ongoing fascination with history and love of literature have led her to write inspirational fiction. Elizabeth lives with her husband near Orlando, Florida.

 

My Impressions:

With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden was a short-list nominee for the Historical Romance category of the 2015 Inspys. With its attention to historical detail, relatable characters and page-turning writing style, it is easy to see that this book is definitely a winner. I loved it and give it a highly recommended rating.

The story takes place in Washington DC in the late 19th century. While innovation and technology are moving society ahead, there is still so much that man does not know, especially in the field of medicine. Kate Livingston, a talented statistician, and Trevor Kendall, a brilliant doctor, team up to fight TB. But their past and an unknown future may keep them from the love they both want.

Kate Livingston is a great character. Competitive and fiercely loyal, she is also controlled by her fear of loss. Her need for safety often paralyzes her emotionally. I really identified with her struggle with trusting God and could really relate to her being “tired of doubting and living in fear”. Trevor was a complex character as well, hiding insecurity and hurt behind a facade of professional coldness. I also learned a lot from this book. I had no idea of how widespread TB was and how it was a death sentence for most who contracted it. The look into early treatments is fascinating.

Camden’s writing style is excellent and made With Every Breath a pleasure to read. This one is great for fans of historical romance.

Highly Recommended.

Audience: older teens to adults.

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(Thank you Bethany House for a complimentary copy of this book. All opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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3 Responses to “Book Review: With Every Breath”

  1. Mary July 8, 2015 at 10:03 am #

    I really liked this one too. Have you read Breathe, by LisaT. Bergen? When the heroine had an asthma attack on the train, I could almost feel what she was going through!!!

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    • rbclibrary July 8, 2015 at 10:08 am #

      I have not read Breathe yet, but I do have it on Kindle. Sounds like one that needs to be moved up in the pile ;). It is interesting that medical treatments that were cutting edge 100 years ago now are viewed as useless of laughable. I wonder what medical technology awaits us. Thanks for stopping by!

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