In this entertaining tale of Victorian Ireland, Dr. Michael Raven and his wife, Lucy, popular leaders of Dublin society, are deeply in debt, the cost of maintaining their social status being considerably higher than Dr. Raven's income. Thus, the pair jump at the chance for Michael to run an exclusive clinic in the country, safely away from expensive social ``obligations.'' Meanwhile, Ebenezer O'Dea, the moneylender behind this scheme, has his own reasons for enticing the Ravens away from Dublin. The clinic's architect is a childhood playmate of Lucy who has always loved her, and the matron whom O'Dea hires is an old flame of Michael's with a secret of her own. What follows is a compulsively readable story sure to be popular with readers of light historical fiction. By the author of A Woman Scorned (St. Martin's, 1992), this is recommended for public library collections.-- Elizabeth Mellett, Brookline P.L., Mass.
As if playing God--or soap opera director--Ebenezer O'Dea sets up a private hospital on a glorious slope in the Irish countryside outside Dublin and staffs it with a married doctor and his family, the doctor's lover from medical school, and various other troublesome elements. Although O'Dea earnestly intends for the hospital to succeed, his guileful nature cannot resist setting traps and challenges for his employees, and he spies on them with the help of his sprightly nurse's aide. Irish wit and mischief and even a miracle buoy Macdonald's latest novel.