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The Heart Specialist by Claire Holden Rothman
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Jul 02, 2010

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bookshelves: historical-fiction, women-that-really-existed-fiction, canada
Read from November 11 to 20, 2011

Giving this a three even though I only read the first half.. let me explain why. I really loved the first half, it was like a novel in itself and what I was was excited about reading in this book.. A young woman in the late 1800s wants to be a doctor but colleges, deans, teachers, all kinds of naysayers stand in her way.. She persists. She attains her goal. For me, the book sorta ended when she went to work for the college. After she becomes a doctor, the book gets too technical, too detailed about hearts.. I grew bored and bailed. I stand by the first half being terrific though. My only quibble in the first half: the heroine seems a bit too unemotional, too cold and clinical, but considering her desire to be a dr, I guess I also understand it.

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Reading Progress

11/14/2011 page 89
28.0% "Tough heroine. Not bad.. Seems to drag but I can't pinpoint why."

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