Wednesday, August 29

Book Review: The Heart Specialist

Title: The Heart Specialist

Author: Claire Holden Rothman

Pages: 325

Summary: As a young girl living in the late ninetieth century, Anges White is drawn to the "wrong" things. Growing up, she finds herself fascinated by microscopes, dissections, and anatomy - hobbies that are deemed unladylike. Yet despite the criticism of those around her, and the obstacles set in place preventing women from assuming traditional male roles, Agnes chooses to pursue her calling to become a doctor, even if it means taking on the illustrious medical establishment at McGill University.

Inspired by the life of Dr. Maude Abbott, The Heart Specialist is a testament to the power of will and perseverance. Agnes White is proof that in a world on the brink of change anything is possible.

My Rating: 5.5/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I was slightly disappointed in this book, as it wasn't what I was expecting. I was hoping to have an excellent, strong woman and story about her struggle against the traditional male roles. And while the story did show her struggles, I found Agnes to be weak, and the story became boring and dragged on.

One big issue I have was Agnes. I didn't like her. She wasn't inspiring, she was just a character in the book, who faced many hardships to get her goals. And even then, she doesn't actually reach her true potential. She get's half way and decides that's good enough. She gave up to easy in the book, which I didn't like and I couldn't stand the "daddy issues" subplot. She wasn't a strong women, she seemed to need approval of everyone around her to feel satisfied, and I hated the ending. The last few pages of the book and how it closed bothered me. It turned the book from its main focus, to well, a typical cheesy ending - which was a love story.

Parts of the book were fine, there were times it built up to show her struggles, but that was thinned out, through a lot of filler. The writing was excellent, and the author did her research. I did appreciate the amount of work the author did to make sure it was accurate when talking about the various medical terms. (I didn't check this, but it seems to be researched).

Overall it wasn't at all what I hoped to be and was a disappointing read for me.

Would I recommend it to read: I think I still would. It wasn't what I was expecting, but I think there would be a lot of readers who would enjoy the book.

What to read next: My Name is Mary Sutter, Midwife of Venice

Challenges: 12 in 12, 100+ Challenge, Canadian Book Challenge VI, Mount TBR Challenge, New Author Challenge

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