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The Unquiet Heart

(Sarah Gilchrist #2)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  407 ratings  ·  73 reviews
Kaite Welsh's thrilling THE UNQUIET HEART is the second in the gothic Sarah Gilchrist series, following a medical student turned detective in Victorian Edinburgh.

Sarah Gilchrist has no intention of marrying her dull fiancé Miles, the man her family hope will restore her reputation and put an end to her dreams of becoming a doctor, but when he is arrested for a murder she i
Hardcover, 281 pages
Published May 30th 2019 by Headline Review
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May 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars

This is the sophomore effort in Sarah Gilchrist’s Gothic series; and even if the reader missed the precursor (‘The Wages of Sin’), it can be sampled as a ‘stand-alone’ novel without undue difficulty.

The year is 1893 and protagonist Sarah Gilchrist is virtually exiled from her life in London society after being labelled a ‘fallen woman’. She’s forced into an engagement with Edinburgh based Miles Greene - a rather dull and uninteresting man, but her family hope that this engagement will
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
We were introduced to Sarah Gilchrist in THE WAGES OF SINS and her plight continues in THE UNQUIET HEART. Sarah has always dreamed of becoming a doctor. However, because it's 1893, it is the general opinion that women should not strive to be something other than wives and mothers. And she has paid dearly for her dreams. Now, she may have to marry a man she doesn't love because her family demands it. But, then a housemaid in her fiance's house is murdered and she wants to know if Miles had anythi ...more
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Unquiet Heart is the second instalment in the Sarah Gilchrist medical mystery series set in Victorian Edinburgh, and it's a compulsive and gripping gothic tale. This is my type of read as it combines a historical murder mystery with an exploration of late nineteenth century attitudes towards women and morality and does so with considerable aplomb. Sarah is a very likeable protagonist who steadfastly refuses to conform to societies norms which were all about women being seen and not heard and ...more
The Unquiet Heart by Kaite Welsh is the second book in the Sarah Gilchrist murder mystery series. The book picks soon after the first book. Sarah has completed her first semester of medical school at the University of Edenborough. She is one of twelve women who have been accepted into the medical school, the first year it accepted women.

Having solved the murder of the young prostitute Lucy in book one, she’s ready to tackle her second semester at university. However, still dependent on her famil
Barb in Maryland
No sophomore slump here. Welsh's second mystery featuring young medical student Sarah Gilcrest shows the author reaching her stride. The exposition is smooth and the various parts of the plot are well-balanced. Best of all, our heroine is growing up and learning to look before she leaps.

Sarah's life has smoothed out somewhat, now that she has (very reluctantly) become engaged to young Miles Greene. Her aunt treats her better; her mother is even coming up from London for the formal engagement par
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-2019
This book is everything I want in a lady detective book.
It's in Edinburgh, which is the best city.
It's set during the Victorian age, which, while I wouldn't *actually* want to live in, is super fun to read about.
It contains badass feminist (fictional) foremothers, and a complex and evolving heroine.
There are frissions--with a broody but appealing love interest.
There are cobblestones and carriages and dreich days.
Kirkyards, apothecaries, gaols, morgues, botany and blackmail.
Tea and biscuits. An
May 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
sarah gilchrist, at some point: of course i support "men's rights"... men's rights to shut the fuck up! ...more
Renee Seinfeld
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The five is a private five. I don’t rate it a five because everyone must read it. It’s a five for me because it touches all the pleasure centers of my brain. Scotland in the 1800’s. Medical history. Female firsts in medicine. Feminism. A strong, resilient female protagonist. I hope Kaite Welsh continues on with the series. I thoroughly enjoyed both books.
Apr 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Unquiet Heart is the follow up to The Wages of Sin, and sees protagonist Sarah Gilchrist continue in her battle to become a doctor whilst trying to get to the bottom of murder and blackmail. Sarah is meant to be marrying Miles Greene to save her reputation, but a dead body found at their engagement party sparks off a different course, where Miles is accused of murder and Sarah is in the perfect position to investigate what is really going on. At the same time, she and her fellow female medic ...more
Meg (fairy.bookmother)
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-netgalley
A stunning, solid followup to the first! I love this series so much. More later!


I read the first Sarah Gilchrist book last year? The year before? And I fell in love with it. Sarah Gilchrist is a medical student at the University of Edinburgh, and in this second installment of the series, Sarah is trying not to marry her fiance Miles. In the midst of the drama surrounding her upcoming wedding, Miles is arrested for a murder Sarah is sure he didn’t commit, and she becomes his ally in trying to c
Jun 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Enjoyed this second book in the historical mystery series taking place in the early 1890's in Edinburgh. I was fortunate to be able to borrow both books from the library almost together, so I was able to go on to the second book right away. They are easy to read, and capture my interest. Always satisfying to be able to move from one volume to the next so quickly, but I'll probably have quite the wait for volume 3. Given that Sarah Gilchrist has just finished her first of five years of medical sc ...more
Jan 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't know this book was second in a series, but that didn't hinder my understanding. One very interesting thing to me is the treatment of women. Always underestimated by men in control while maintaining a certain society standard of behavior, decorum, etc. It's impossible to be a woman is it not? This story is a good example of this, and seeing the inferior woman make the men look like what they are, insecure morons. I liked the story on this alone, but it's a good read otherwise as well. A ...more
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Firstly, I loved The Wages of Sin so I was excited to get to read this! Sarah Gilchrist is a first year medical student in 1890s Edinburgh, virtually exiled from her London society family after becoming a "fallen woman", and being pushed by her relatives into a loveless engagement with the rather personality-less Miles Greene. Her relationship with her fellow women students is a little strained, and there's a lot more to her relationship with mercurial Professor Merchiston than perhaps there sho ...more
Jan 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Based on 15%: as the story begins it is more focused on the people than developing a storyline. At many points, the story is overloaded with dialogue. It is not an engaging read for me to continue with this book.
Apr 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Word to the wise: this is the second book in a series, something I did not know when I read it. It works fine as a stand alone as the author explains references to the previous book well, avoiding info dumps

Sarah Gilchrist is one of the first women accepted into medical school at the University of Edinburgh in 1893. With a dark past and ruined virtue, Sarah is aware her future as a doctor can be taken away at any moment. Forced into an engagement with a dull but wealthy suitor, Sarah still promi
Jan 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow, blown away! I loved this book and would give it 10 stars if I could, and I can’t wait to read the first one—The Wages of Sin. The strong voice of Sarah Gilchrist kept me glued to the page. By the time I got through the backstory of the first novel, I was hooked.

Having survived rape, commitment to a madhouse, betrayal by a trusted mentor, Sarah is determined to move on with her plan to continue her studies at the University of Edinburgh to become a doctor of forensics. The women in this prog
Shaylin Gandhi
Feb 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This was a lovely and engrossing read. While I haven’t read the first book in the series (yet), it wasn’t difficult to pick up what had already happened, and this book was able to stand on its own.

Sarah Gilchrist, a charmingly headstrong and unconventional young lady who lived in an era when women were expected to aspire to nothing more than keeping a household, commanded my attention from page one. This books deals heavily with the oppression of women during the 19th century, and the author doe
Kelly Puddister
Sep 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
1890s feminist historical fiction murder mystery in Edinburgh. Need I say more?

The second in Kaite Welsh's Sarah Gilchrist series, The Unquiet Heart follows medical student Sarah as she contends with sexism as one of the few female students at the University of Edinburgh's medical school as well as an unwanted engagement foisted on her by family. However, a murder in the high society in which she is (reluctantly) playing a part forces her to use her medical knowledge and deduction skills as well
Terry A.
Dec 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to Pegasus Books and NetGalley for providing an ARC in return for a review.

I began this novel and quickly put it on hold to find and read a copy of The Wages of Sin, the first book in this series. I needed that background to help me jump into the second volume. The slow reveal of Sarah’s issues and challenges was initially irritating to me, but as each level was exposed I could understand her often overwhelming anxiety. A good therapist would have been mighty useful, if they’d existed at
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sarah Gilchrist tells us her story. The story of a young woman who wants to be a doctor, whose family in London has rejected her and sent her to an aunt in Edinburgh where she now attends the University of Edinburgh Medical School. The group of women students is tiny -- half a dozen or so -- and the prejudice against them by instructors and fellow students is palpable. Their corsets define them, as do their skirts. A few bloomers [named for Amelia Bloomer, cyclist and women's rights advocate] ha ...more
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have fallen in love with these characters and this series and can't wait to read more.

The Wages of Sin arrived in my hands a few months ago when it passed through the circulation desk at the library where I spend my 9-5's. The story held promise and it delivered. When I learned the second of the series would be released soon I instantly submitted a purchase request! Now I'm already anticipating the third.

Sarah Gilchrist is a fierce heroine, she stands up to a society hell-bent on keeping her i
Jo-anne Atkinson
Jul 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sarah Gilchrist has found herself a fiancee. To be more precise she has been affianced to the younger son of a friend of her uncle. Miles is dull but acquiescent and he will lend a veneer of respectability to Sarah, however he will stop her medical studies. When one of the maids at his house is murdered Sarah finds herself thrust into another investigation and when her intended father-in-law is also killed Sarah has to act.
I really enjoyed the first of these novels and the second is no different
Linda Hutchinson
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
“The Unquiet Heart” is a 19th century murder mystery set in Edinburgh, Scotland. I may be coming a little late to the Sarah Gilchrest series, but this was a great read even as a standalone. Miss Gilchrest is from a well-to-do family and is studying to become a doctor. She was doing so at a time when higher class woman were expected to marry and raise a family. To become a Doctor, Miss Gilchrest must fight family and societal expectations to accomplish her goals. In addition, her fiancé is accuse ...more
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable and atmospheric mystery set in late 19th-century Edinburgh among the first class of women admitted to the university there for medical training, with a headstrong but sympathetic member of that class as the detective.

My main gripe: I was not aware that this was the second novel (it would be nice if they would put something like "In the second offering in the series" at the beginning of the description on the inside front cover, especially if they're not going to list the previou
Abbie Ennis
This is the second installment in this series and I read this straight after reading the first one.

Sarah Gilchrist is being forced to marry a man by her family in a hope to restore some respectability that in their view she has lost. However when a murder results in her fiance being arrested she finds herself fighting to prove his innocence.

In the Unquiet Heart Kaite Welsh shows what happens behind the closed doors of the Victorian Upper class and how they are not what they show in a society wh
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Read it over just one day!
Sarah is very angry and very confused. She wants to avoid an arranged marriage (although to a decent man), she has trouble conceiving that a woman can BOTH like her studies and pretty clothes, let alone be a physician and a married woman (work life balance is NOT a thing of the 19th century! it's strictly EITHER/OR!) She's also finding out that she's not quite as worldly and independent as she thought. On top of this, she doesn't know what to make of her reactions to Gr
Kiwi Carlisle
Jul 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kaite Walsh’s series, set against the historic struggle of women to study at the University of Medical School, continues to be strong and interesting . Sarah Gilchrist has revived enough from the trauma imposed on her as punishment for being taped to begin to do well as a student, and is finding her way toward pathology as a career. Unfortunately, she must deal with the unwanted marriage her parents are forcing her into, a sudden murder, and her feelings for the remarkable Professor Gregory Merc ...more
Sep 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting Premise

Sarah is evolving into a strong, focused woman and I admire her a great deal. The author's medical knowledge is fascinating. There are two reasons why I didn't give this book 5 stars: I have figured out the murderer in both of her books early on and this one was especially obvious to me. The other reason is as strong a feminist as I am and my understanding of women in medicine at that time, the book was overly focused on Sarah 's anger and outrage and I would prefer a greater
Ella Sharp
Nov 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
The sequel to The Wages of Sin is an empowering book filled with vivid women.

Sarah, a trailblazing medical student, battles Victorian patriarchy, murders, and her own heart.

This is a fine blend of Feminism, Murder Mystery and Historical Romance, roughly in that order. L There's a strong thread of mystery and romance which constantly pull you forwards but those are by no means the main thrust of the book which is very much about the social and patriarchal constraints Sarah faces, which are stifli
Michele Dubois
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pure enjoyment! I really liked Welsh’s first Sarah Gilchrist Mystery “Wages of Sin”, and her second novel “The Unquiet Heart” did not disappoint. The protagonist, Sarah Gilchrist, is a fierce, brave and passionate young woman who wants to be a Doctor. The problem, however, is that she’s a female in late 1800’s Scotland and respectable ladies do not aspire to be anything other than well wed. As if attending medical school with taunting young men were not difficult enough, Sarah finds herself in t ...more
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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.

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