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The Girl in His Shadow by Audrey  Blake
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it was amazing

The Girl in His Shadow by Audrey Blake (Jaima Fixsen and Regina Sirois Cover) is an amazing and wonderful historical fiction that brings the reader into the 1840s London, England medical landscape. This novel is truly breathtaking. It has it all: fiction, historic fact, suspense, amazing and intricate plot, stunning descriptions and research, complex and well-written characters, and a little romance splashed in for good measure.

I loved Nora (Eleanor) Beady. Her intelligence, fire, drive, unconventional personality (for that time specifically), strong moral compass, and compassion truly placed me in her corner. How she was able to thrive under the care of Dr. Horace Croft and Mrs. Phipps after such a tragic childhood into a vital part of their family and practice, all the while evolving and learning under the wings of a gifted surgeon when society said it should not be done by a woman, just tells of her fortitude and gumption. This book not only gives the reader an inside look at how the medical community existed during Victorian times, but also how this “man’s” world was yet another area where women were marginalized and prohibited from equal (or really any) participation. I loved the addition of Dr. Daniel Gibson. He fit into the narrative, unconventional family and practice, and into the world of Nora perfectly. Their chemistry was evident.

As a female Practitioner, I loved delving into the procedures and experiments as if I was first-assist. The research that was done to create such true to life procedures, medical treatments, experiments, and evolution was spot on. I loved the pace, plot, every one of the characters, and I LOVED the ending. I really think that there could easily be a followup book. I desperately want to see the next chapter in all of their lives.

I also loved the Author’s note to give context on fact, historical details, inspirations, and what was tweaked to make the narrative as stunning as it was.

Just perfect in every way! This is what novel of historical fiction should look like!

5/5 stars

Thank you EW and Sourcebooks Landmark for this ARC and in return I am submitting my unbiased and voluntary review and opinion.

I am posting this review to my GR, Instagram, and Bookbub accounts immediately and will post it to my Amazon, Instagram, and B&N accounts upon publication on 5/4/21.
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November 7, 2020 – Shelved
November 7, 2020 – Shelved as: to-read
November 22, 2020 – Started Reading
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November 25, 2020 – Finished Reading

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