The Gilded Hour
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 Brid
The plot follows the evolution of a family of upper-class(ish) women in 19th Century New York as they encounter, and are changed by, the lives teeming in the city around them. It's difficult to go into mu ...more
This story could have been stunning but in my opinion sadly, The Gilded Hour tries to tackle too many subjects. The book reads as though the author is trying impress the reader with all that she knows about 19th century New York City history. This novel would have been much more effective to have concentrated upon a couple of story lines and develop them solidly rather than flit around and laundry list everything that was going on in Society at the time. Most of the story lines I've read about n ...more
I won this book in a GOODREADS GIVEAWAY.
I am so glad I won this book, otherwise I might not have ever seen it. This is the first book I have read from this author and I thought it was wonderful. It took me some time to read it, not because it was boring in the least, but because I read a lot of books at one time and this is a large book you want to take time with.
As you can read from the blurb the time is 1883 in New York City and you have the cousins Anna S ...more
I love historical fiction. At over 700 pages with meticulous detail to multiple characters and story lines including the city of New York in 1883, a reader who isn’t such a fan might find this one hard to get through. It builds slowly. That said I really liked it. I include a link that gives a better overview to anyone who might be interested in learning more of its background, especially if you are familiar with the author’s Wilderness Series.
I found this historical novel, featuring female doctors in the 19th century, both enjoyable and frustrating; it will best suit readers who value immersion in characters’ lives over plot-driven narratives, and who don’t mind reading a long (732-page) novel only to have resolutions of major plot threads and mysteries deferred to the sequel. For those readers, the rewards include an extensively researched depiction of New York City in 1883, and a warmhearted story of a large and unusual fa ...more
I've made three serious attempts to write a review for this novel but just can't marshal my many thoughts into a definitive text. So, so much of this book is addictive reading, the characters strong and likable. I cannot wait to read the next part of the series and more about the Quinlans, the Savards and Jack, Rosa and Lia.
I'm sharing with you a review I think mirrors my experience of the book. It is by the writer Jason Schmidt. His review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...
One of my favorite aspects of The Gilded Hour was the level of detail in the author's historical research. I don't think I knew much about this period of time in New York history. The two main protagonists, Anna and Sophie Savard, were ...more
As soon as I read about a penis head smacking into a belly, I couldn't read anymore. I'm no prude but the author is no romance writer either.
But amid all this are women and to a lesser degree men, blazing a trail of independence and social change. Anna and Sophie Savard are two of these women. Cousins,both orphaned at an early age, raised by forward thinking family, they are tra ...more
I was excited to start in on this book because who doesn't love a good chunky Historical Fiction novel? It started out very well. I found the characters to be likeable and well developed, the writing was good, the story seemed interesting, and I appreciated the feminist stance that the author took in terms of opportunities for women and reproductive freedom. This book received very high ratings from other readers so I seem to ...more
Donati clearly wrote this book with the plan t ...more
In 1883, Anna Savard and her cousin Sophie Savard, both doctors, find themselves embroiled in a death investigation involving a woman who died as a result of a botched abortion. Anna, who had no interest in romantic relationships, finds herself strongly attracted to Jack Mezzanotte, a detective sergeant from the NYPD. As they further look into a young woman’s death, they get caught up in what appears to be a series of mur ...more
The only reason I did not give this book five stars is the narrative around the romance. As one reviewer described "It was superfluous"- So true. The book stood just fine without the cheesy corset ripping or chemise lifting sex. I also wished author Donati woul ...more
This book plops you down right into the middle of the lives of two women at its center, as well as all the wonderful supporting cast around them. A ...more
The story focuses on the women as th ...more
The Gilded Hour
By Sara Donati
Author Website: http://rosinalippi.com/weblog, www.thegildedhour.com
Brought to you by OBS Reviewer Jeanie
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 Woma ...more
It's about 2 decades after the end of the Civil War, the Brooklyn Bri ...more
I liked the overall feel of this and I think that is largely because of the characters. I liked them. They were endearing. The author created them with so much attention ...more
What I found particularly compelling were the similarities between the debate about abortion in the story (1883) vs today and the current Congressional hearings about Planned Parenthood. Despite abortion being legal today, the focus during the hearings on abortion (despite being due specifically to the alleged illegal sale of stem cel ...more
“Bless me, Father, for I have sinned. I asked unseemly questions of a well-bred, overeducated lady in split skirts. And I listened to the answers.” (p. 6)
I’m a pushover for stories about New York City in the late 19th century—the gilded age; and Sara Donati’s excellent, albeit very long (742 pages) tale, The Gilded Hour, offers one of the gentlest treatments of the Dickensian harshness of life, for many/most, during that era.
Cruel orphanages, workhouses, asylums, the Tombs—the ...more