The Doctor's Daughter: Journey to Justice

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Everybody, including her mother, believes that Kate's father committed suicide. Determined to prove otherwise, Kate sets out on a fascinating and sometimes hysterical journey through antebellum law and medicine. Set in 1860s Nashville and told with a biting wit, determined Kate finally discovers the truth - but at what cost? Will she ruin her own life trying to defend the life of her dead father?
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Everybody, including her mother, believes that Kate's father committed suicide. Determined to prove otherwise, Kate sets out on a fascinating and sometimes hysterical journey through antebellum law and medicine. Set in 1860s Nashville and told with a biting wit, determined Kate finally discovers the truth - but at what cost? Will she ruin her own life trying to defend the life of her dead father?
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  • ISBN-13: 9780615690957
  • Publisher: Demonbreun Press
  • Publication date: 9/2/2012
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 817,657
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.91 (d)

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  • Posted October 1, 2013

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    Reviewed by Ioana Marza for Readers' Favorite When Kate Seaver¿

    Reviewed by Ioana Marza for Readers' Favorite

    When Kate Seaver’s father dies in unclear but violent circumstances in 1860s America, she vows to avenge him and bring to justice the man whom she blames for robbing him of his business, his home, and his pride. This takes her on a journey of hate, love, and discovery, as well as unexpected and unwanted surprises. 

    The fans of the most widely known American civil war depiction – Gone with the Wind – will find quite a few familiar aspects in The Doctor’s Daughter. The same chaos engulfs the Confederate city and the hospitals struggle to cope with the many injured on the eve of the Yankee invasion. (Though Belle Blackburn’s Yankees are much better behaved than Margaret Mitchell’s.) Kate, similar to the famous Scarlett O'Hara, also fails to see the love and the qualities of the man next to her, blinded by the pursuit of a chimera that it is doubtful can make her truly happy. There is also a “tomorrow is another day” moment when Kate resolves to think on how to sort out her life. But this is where the similarities end.

    The mystery of Kate’s father's death, which is ultimately the engine that drives the whole story, has a completely unexpected but believable explanation. The constant turmoil of feelings and the personal interpretation of God’s will in a more vengeful, Old Testament style are described by Kate in first person in a powerful and captivating way. I learnt more about charming American Southern expressions and superstitions, as well as the small farmers’ way of life in that era, than one could have learnt from many history books. Belle Blackburn must have done a great deal of research, not least into the study and practice of medicine in 19th century America. All this contributes to making The Doctor’s Daughter a complex, interesting, well written book which I enjoyed very much.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2013

    Everybody, including her mother, believes that Kate's father com

    Everybody, including her mother, believes that Kate's father committed suicide.

    By far my favorite book of the year. I am normally not a reader of what I would call quality character books that are worthy of a review. They may be best sellers but are usually simply repeatable murder mysteries that I can read in bed to put me to sleep. The Doctor's Daughter: Journey to Justice by Belle Blackburn is not a book to use for putting yourself to sleep. You will keep forcing your eyes open trying to read another page until you find yourself trying to read through closed eyelids. Then you will want to get back to it as soon as you can. The location is 1860-61 Nashville, TN with the Civil War in the background. The story is written in the first person of an 18 year old girl's perseverance on her mission to find the truth and obtain justice for her father's death at the same time that she finds love and a different life. You will meet self reliant poor folk and rich people who are good but helpless without their servants. You will hear colloquialisms of the time and the place such as chirky, coryza, flibbertigibbet, Buck shoes for Buck Dancing, doing the Dancing Dan. If you like to analyze characters in a story you will find plenty here and some surprises. You will probably recognize some, such as nosy Mrs. Hamby and self-rightous Mrs. Goad, as being people you have met. I urge you to read the book.

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