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#blogtour Where the Light Enters by Sara Donati

Happy pub day to Sara Donati! I’m so excited to be sharing this read with all of our followers because… well, honestly it’s such a fantastically unique read! I mean, just check out this synopsis…


From the international bestselling author of The Gilded Hour comes Sara Donati’s enthralling epic about two trailblazing female doctors in nineteenth-century New York.

Obstetrician Dr. Sophie Savard returns home to the achingly familiar rhythms of Manhattan in the early spring of 1884 to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. With the help of Dr. Anna Savard, her dearest friend, cousin, and fellow physician, she plans to continue her work aiding the disadvantaged women society would rather forget.

As Sophie sets out to construct a new life for herself, Anna’s husband, Detective-Sergeant Jack Mezzanotte calls on them both to consult on two new cases: the wife of a prominent banker has disappeared into thin air, and the corpse of a young woman is found with baffling wounds that suggest a killer is on the loose. In New York it seems that the advancement of women has brought out the worst in some men. Unable to ignore the plight of New York’s less fortunate, these intrepid cousins draw on all resources to protect their patients.

My thoughts

I’m a huge fan of mysteries, but I frequently neglect the subsection of historical mysteries, so when I first read this synopsis, I was immediately sold. A book that combines my two favorite genres of books? Sign. Me. Up. While the length of the book is kind of daunting (600+ pages!), the story itself never feels overdone.

While the story itself was interesting to me and has kept me focused, the components of the story that makes it most intriguing are the fantastic, strong female protagonists. While I initially worried that the author was going to weave a story that felt fake and, well, too “feel good”, I feel the author did a fantastic job with keeping it historically accurate while also sharing an empowering, thrilling story.

While Where the Light Enters is technical the second in a series, it can absolutely be read as a standalone (I should know…that’s exactly what I did!). All in all, mystery and historical fans unite.. this is your common ground for 2019! Thank you so much to Berkley Publishing for providing my review copy. It’s my pleasure to share my honest thoughts and opinions with everyone!


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