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The girl in his shadow by Audrey Blake
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The girl in his shadow (edition 2021)

by Audrey Blake

Series: Nora Beady (1)

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"With its strong woman protagonist and authentic period detail, this is the best kind of historical fiction."--Library Journal "An exquisitely detailed journey through the harrowing field of medicine in mid-19th century London."--Tracey Enerson Wood, USA Todaybestselling author of The Engineer's Wifeand The War Nurse An unforgettable historical fiction novel about one woman who believed in scientific medicine before the world believed in her. London, 1845: Raised by the eccentric surgeon Dr. Horace Croft after losing her parents to a deadly pandemic, the orphan Nora Beady knows little about conventional life. While other young ladies were raised to busy themselves with needlework and watercolors, Nora was trained to perfect her suturing and anatomical illustrations of dissections. Women face dire consequences if caught practicing medicine, but in Croft's private clinic Nora is his most trusted--and secret--assistant. That is until the new surgical resident Dr. Daniel Gibson arrives. Dr. Gibson has no idea that Horace's bright and quiet young ward is a surgeon more qualified and ingenuitive than even himself. In order to protect Dr. Croft and his practice from scandal and collapse Nora must learn to playa new and uncomfortable role--that of a proper young lady. But pretense has its limits. Nora cannot turn away and ignore the suffering of patients, even if it means giving Gibson the power to ruin everything she's worked for. And when she makes a discovery that could change the field forever, Nora faces an impossible choice. Remain invisible and let the men around her take credit for her work, or step into the light--even if it means being destroyed by her own legacy. Fans of The Other Einsteinand The Paris Librarywill relish this riveting and empowering story about one woman's fight to follow her dreams and build a life--and legacy--beyond what is expected of her. Praise for The Girl in His Shadow: "A suspenseful story of a courageous young woman determined to become a surgeon in repressive Victorian England. Fluidly written, impeccably researched, The Girl in His Shadowis a memorable literary gift to be read, reread, and treasured."--Gloria Goldreich, author of The Paris Children Other Bestselling Historical Fiction from Sourcebooks Landmark: The Mystery of Mrs. Christieby Marie Benedict The Book Woman of Troublesome Creekby Kim Michele Richardson Sold on a Mondayby Kristina McMorris… (more)
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Title:The girl in his shadow
Authors:Audrey Blake
Info:Naperville, Illinois : Sourcebooks Landmark, [2021]
Collections:Your library
Rating:****
Tags:ebook, bpl, historical, england

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This is the Ark and Dove Book Club selection for October 2022.
  ArkandDovePCLibrary | Sep 7, 2022 |
Too much surgical info that was not necessary. Too much back and forth. Ending was abrupt. ( )
  SeasideBookClub | Sep 4, 2022 |
If you can get past the gorier details, you’ll learn a bit about 19th century medicine and better yet, get to know Nora. ; ( )
  kenf | Aug 16, 2022 |
Nora Beady is the ward of a famous, eccentric surgeon, Dr. Horace Croft, in 1840s London.
She has an unconventional upbringing for a woman of her time.
Her quest to further her medical and scientific endeavors comes up against the prejudices and biases of the period.
That from the blurbs let's you know some of the facts. The story was pleasant enough, like an early version of watching Virgin River, especially the character of Nora who lost her parents to cholera and became a skilled surgeon under the tutelage of Dr. Croft. Of course she falls in love with the new assistant that comes to work with him and the new use of ether as an anesthetic was interesting, but overall I wouldn't look to read the sequel to this, which incidentally picks right up where this leaves off. This is the joint venture of two writers under the name of Audrey Blake. ( )
  novelcommentary | Aug 15, 2022 |
2022 pandemic read. Read as part of a one city one book type event. Some interesting history about women in medicine in a given period, but I found myself put off by the ending, which clearly indicated it wasn't an ending but the end of part of a series. The story didn't grab me enough to envision myself reading more in the series. ( )
  bookczuk | Aug 5, 2022 |
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"With its strong woman protagonist and authentic period detail, this is the best kind of historical fiction."--Library Journal "An exquisitely detailed journey through the harrowing field of medicine in mid-19th century London."--Tracey Enerson Wood, USA Todaybestselling author of The Engineer's Wifeand The War Nurse An unforgettable historical fiction novel about one woman who believed in scientific medicine before the world believed in her. London, 1845: Raised by the eccentric surgeon Dr. Horace Croft after losing her parents to a deadly pandemic, the orphan Nora Beady knows little about conventional life. While other young ladies were raised to busy themselves with needlework and watercolors, Nora was trained to perfect her suturing and anatomical illustrations of dissections. Women face dire consequences if caught practicing medicine, but in Croft's private clinic Nora is his most trusted--and secret--assistant. That is until the new surgical resident Dr. Daniel Gibson arrives. Dr. Gibson has no idea that Horace's bright and quiet young ward is a surgeon more qualified and ingenuitive than even himself. In order to protect Dr. Croft and his practice from scandal and collapse Nora must learn to playa new and uncomfortable role--that of a proper young lady. But pretense has its limits. Nora cannot turn away and ignore the suffering of patients, even if it means giving Gibson the power to ruin everything she's worked for. And when she makes a discovery that could change the field forever, Nora faces an impossible choice. Remain invisible and let the men around her take credit for her work, or step into the light--even if it means being destroyed by her own legacy. Fans of The Other Einsteinand The Paris Librarywill relish this riveting and empowering story about one woman's fight to follow her dreams and build a life--and legacy--beyond what is expected of her. Praise for The Girl in His Shadow: "A suspenseful story of a courageous young woman determined to become a surgeon in repressive Victorian England. Fluidly written, impeccably researched, The Girl in His Shadowis a memorable literary gift to be read, reread, and treasured."--Gloria Goldreich, author of The Paris Children Other Bestselling Historical Fiction from Sourcebooks Landmark: The Mystery of Mrs. Christieby Marie Benedict The Book Woman of Troublesome Creekby Kim Michele Richardson Sold on a Mondayby Kristina McMorris

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