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With Every Breath

About This Book

 

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.

 

My Thoughts

 

This story was superb from first to almost-last! Just a little unevenness at the end kept this from being a five-star book. Camden does have a very strong writing voice, and I thoroughly enjoyed diving into this story. Her writing was equally punchy and poetic, and well-balanced between prose and dialogue. The characters’ voices were likewise distinct and really added depth to the story.

 

Kate and Trevor were immediately likable and, though at great odds with one another, I was rooting for them from the outset. The minor characters were also well-developed and helped flesh out the story and its unique setting, particularly the various boarders at Kate’s parents’ boarding house. The dinner scenes there were among my favorites of the whole book.

 

But oh, the oodles and oodles of tension! As mentioned above, the conflict and suspense were riveting for almost the entire book, and I truly couldn’t put this one down. The research and story world were top-notch! Camden clearly did her research to bring not only turn-of-the-century Washington to life, but a tuberculosis ward in a hospital as well. Absolutely nothing to fault here.

 

The reader knows from page 1 how much Kate hates Trevor . . . which only makes their romance sizzle as it develops throughout the book! It was very fun to watch these characters battle each other, fall for each other, and fight for one another against immeasurable odds. They definitely earned their happily-ever-after.

 

The spiritual threads of this book were fairly subdued, yet still presented powerful themes of learning to trust God in the face of tremendous odds, and embracing joy despite overwhelming fear. There was no questionable content to concern more conservative readers. This story’s unique setting and plot brings a refreshing change to the usual CBA Historical Romance fare, and the plot twists kept me guessing right along with the characters.

 

This book will appeal to readers of all ages who enjoy clean romances and nail-biting suspense in their inspirational fiction. I would recommend this to my non-Christian family and friends as well. I’m buying a paperback copy of this book to add to my Keeper Shelf, and can’t wait to delve into the other Elizabeth Camden books waiting on my bookshelves!

 

The only part where the book felt a little off for me was in terms of story structure and pace. As the back cover description led me to expect, this story felt like a romantic suspense novel for 75% of book and I absolutely loved it. . . but then that story thread was wrapped up a bit too soon, leaving the ending to drag on a bit too long. I would’ve preferred to see both the mystery and the romance resolved a little closer together. I also felt the epilogue wasn’t right: it was too out-of-place and detached from the central action of the story, and left too many other more important questions unanswered (like, did she ever get to adopt the dog?).

 

Anne of Green Gables meets Contagion in this gripping historical novel about two former classmates who come together to battle a life-threatening illness—and their own antagonistic past. As feisty widow Kate reunites with megalomaniac Trevor to tackle tuberculosis research, she brings a desperately needed compassion to his work that will either break through his defenses once and for all . . . or get them both killed. If you like strong-willed heroes and heroines with mountains of obstacles to overcome, this is definitely the book for you!

 

My Rating

 

 

 

 

 

Available August 5, 2014 from Bethany House Publishers

 

I received a complimentary review copy from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion, which I have given, freely and without compensation.

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