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The Gilded Hour

by Sara Donati

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A fascinating look at female physicians in the 19th century. Characters were a bit uneven in their depth but it was difficult to put down. ( )
  TiffanyHow | Oct 3, 2017 |
This started out convoluted, a bit scattered. As the story unfolded, things became more cohesive. The characters have their roots in the authors previous series. I will read the sequel to this when published. A lot of food for thought in this book regarding how women and their sexuality and reproductive health. Women were definitely second class women in the 1800's ( )
  crazeedi73 | Jun 27, 2017 |
at first I thought, oh no, another historical novel with all these progressive forward-thinking, modern super heroes out to right all of societies ills. and that is the case mostly, but the characters - including NY City in the 1800s itself - won me over. just enough mystery to keep me intrigued. and I liked that all the loose ends didn't get nicely sewn up in a bow. ( )
  mfabriz | Jun 26, 2017 |
Long book but worth it. ( )
  INorris | Jun 8, 2017 |
Donati's historical saga is the unforgettable story of two bold, intrepid female physicians in 19th century New York. Cousins Anna and Sophie Savard are of a rare breed, both highly educated and successful in the medical field, unmarried and childless in their late twenties, and stalwart in their independence as individuals and career women. The Gilded Hour is stunning in its powerful discussion of the controversial exposure of contraceptive use and abortion, both deemed illegal yet gaining exposure in the public eye, the treatment of immigrants and people of color by society, and the orphan epidemic plaguing the city at the time. While offering a breathtaking depiction of society and city life in the late 1800s, Donati's masterpiece is at its core a story of women, violence, and control.

Affluent but both orphaned at an early age, Anna and Sophie are something of a revelation as they quietly triumph for women in the medical field, the classroom, and the courtroom. While Anna is the character followed most closely in the novel, Sophie also offers a unique and powerful perspective. As the daughter of free people of color transplanted from New Orleans and an obstetrician, Sophie's challenges are particularly pronounced, chiefly with regards to her tender, long-standing romance with Cap, a white male of wealth and high society suffering from a debilitating case of tuberculosis. While a deeply layered story, the primary drama of the novel revolves around the acute challenges faced by two determined women working in a male-dominated and frequently chauvinistic field. While Sophie struggles to find a balance between offering hope to her desperate female patients and avoiding challenging the law, Anna tirelessly searches for a pair of missing Italian orphans and assists detectives with a recent slew of disturbingly violent crimes against women.

Donati's novel is enchantingly chock-full of recognizable historic events, notably the completion of the Brooklyn Bridge and the imminent arrival of the Statue of Liberty, and brimming with a substantial cast of captivating characters. With more serious references to a variety of notorious figures such as Anthony Comstock, responsible for the infamous 1873 Comstock Act specifically prohibiting the distribution of birth control and literature addressing its usage, The Gilded Hour also stands as a useful lesson in women's history in the United States despite its fictional elements. And with an author that does not shy away from medical jargon and technical explanations, the story is offered an additional layer of credibility and depth. Despite its historic setting, Donati's novel feels remarkably relevant. While lengthy and meticulously detailed, The Gilded Hour is an empowered, romantic, intricate story of loss and facing adversity. ( )
  GennaC | May 9, 2017 |
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Early on a March morning on the cusp of spring, Anna Savard came in from the garden to find a young woman with a message that would test her patience, disrupt her day, and send her off on an unexpected journey; a harbinger of change wearing the nursing habit of the Sisters of Charity, standing in the middle of the kitchen.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0425271811, Hardcover)

The international bestselling author of Into the Wilderness makes her highly anticipated return with a remarkable epic about two female doctors in nineteenth-century New York and the transcendent power of courage and love…

The year is 1883, and in New York City, it’s a time of dizzying splendor, crushing poverty, and tremendous change. With the gravity-defying Brooklyn Bridge nearly complete and New York in the grips of anti-vice crusader Anthony Comstock, Anna Savard and her cousin Sophie—both graduates of the Woman’s Medical School—treat the city’s most vulnerable, even if doing so may put 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 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, emotionally gripping novel that proves Sara Donati is an author at the height of her powers.

(retrieved from Amazon Sat, 04 Jul 2015 14:54:15 -0400)

The year is 1883, and in New York City, it's a time of dizzying splendor, crushing poverty, and tremendous change. With the gravity-defying Brooklyn Bridge nearly complete and New York in the grips of anti-vice crusader Anthony Comstock, Anna Savard and her cousin Sophie--both graduates of the Woman's Medical School--treat the city's most vulnerable, even if doing so may put 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 Anthony Comstock, a dangerous man who considers himself the enemy of everything indecent and of anyone who dares to defy him.… (more)

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