My rating: 3 of 5 stars
My rating: 3.5 stars
I requested this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
This is the story of Emeline Evans who dreamed to become a nurse. However, after the death of her father, a marriage is imposed to her in order to help her mother to rise the remaining of the family with some dignity.
With a marriage without love, her husband the lawyer John Dorr acquires a house in a remote Missouri town of Labellum. Due to her loneliness and the boring house duties, Emeline starts to have some strange visions in a white room.
In order to escape from a hysteria diagnosis and her own depression, she starts to help poor people in minor heath issues and who couldn’t afford to pay a proper doctor.
Emeline then became a sort of “midwife” who was considered in the beginning of the 20th century as an out-of-law.
I must confess that this book took me a while in order to find the plot quite interesting. In the first part, we have the impression this is a romance fiction instead of a Victorian gothic book.
The end didn’t surprise the reader, even if I was looking for a different course of the story. However, it should be pointed out that the author, in her debut novel, was quite brave in addressing controversial issues such as mental illness, abortion and assisted suicide.