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Sarah Gilchrist has fled London and a troubled past to join the University of Edinburgh's medical school in 1892, the first year it admits women. She is determined to become a doctor despite the misgivings of her family and society, but Sarah quickly finds plenty of barriers at school itself: professors who refuse to teach their new pupils, male students determined to forc ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Expected publication: March 7th 2017 by Pegasus Books
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Linda O'Donnell
If the eyes are the windows of the soul, then certainly the hands may convey the strength of it.

Ushering in the year of 1892, female hands were thought to solely engage in the rigid stitches around an embroidery frame and not clasped around the likes of a surgical scalpel.

But then you haven't met Sarah Gilchrist.

Sarah arrives in the upscale household of her aunt and uncle, the Buchanans, with a pleasing face and stature. This is Edinburgh, Scotland. Sarah has left behind a scandal upon the lips
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Holly Rivers
Dec 26, 2016 Holly Rivers rated it it was amazing
I was given the opportunity to read this from NetGalley. My review will be posted in February.
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Dec 24, 2016 Elyse rated it really liked it
Sarah Gilchrist knew the world could be cruel. She wasn't the type of woman content to let it remain so.
People who were closest to Sarah turned on her at a time in her life when she needed them most. Her parents had her placed in a sanatorium to cure her hysterical, melancholic behavior.
In 1882, given the type of wealthy family Sarah came from in London, if she was raped...a complete victim...she was a disgrace to her family. Shame, blame, and sin would follow her.
"The doctors at the sanatori
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Hilary
Nov 29, 2016 Hilary rated it really liked it
Review will be posted at the beginning of March 2017.
Jen
As much as I wanted to love it, I just couldn't find my footing with this one. The story sounds right up my alley--mystery, historical, medicine--but the writing was slow and never seemed to get the right momentum. The mystery barely surfaces in the first 80 pages, and although I thought the author did an amazing job capturing the atmosphere of the period, I wanted more. I might try it again another time, but at this moment, this wasn't the book for me.
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Kaite Welsh is an author, critic and journalist living in Scotland.

Her novel The Wages of Sin, a feminist historical crime novel set in Victorian Edinburgh, is out in 2017 from Pegasus Books in the US in May and Headline/Tinder Press in June. It is the first novel featuring medical student, fallen woman and amateur sleuth Sarah Gilchrist, with two further books due in 2018 and 2019.

Her fiction has
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