Dr. Emily Norton is a recent med school grad starting her surgical residency at a renowned hospital in Baltimore. She's dedicated her life to science and reason—so when she receives a supposedly magical amulet from an eccentric neighbor, she ignores the old man's warning.
Almost immediately, Emily's well-planned world begins to unravel. At first, the problems are minor, like finding herself in trouble with the hospital administration on her first day at work. But soon Emily is dealing with much bigger issues, from losing her job and fiancé to being framed for a patient’s suicide.
As Emily struggles to comprehend the amulet's strange effects, she also faces a dilemma about coincidence and fate: none of these disasters could have been caused by a mere amulet, right? Because everyone knows: there's no such thing as magic.
Desperate and confused, Emily will need to use every bit of her reason, love and faith to confront and conquer the cursed amulet—even if it means forsaking everything she's ever believed.
At turns darkly suspenseful and playfully lighthearted, More Than Bones chronicles Emily’s mystical journey with humor, empathy, and more than a few surprises.
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I really enjoyed this book. The plot was well written and kept me entertained from beginning to end. All the characters were developed and a delight to get to know. I received this ebook free from NetGalley for an honest review.
I received this book as an Advance Reader Copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an objective review. Newly minted Doctor Emily Norton is Baltimore bound as she is preparing to start her surgical residency. Freeing herself from her religiously tyrannical father, and determinedly agnostic herself, she rents an attic bedroom in a flamboyant home owned by Mr. Norton Wharton, a large imposing man who surprises her with a super effeminate voice. As she settles in, she begins to get to know Norton’s eclectic friends, including the elderly gentleman next door, Frank Norton and his cat, Helga. Despite just meeting her, Frank gifts her with a rare piece of jewelry, and the admonishment to wear it always. Initially, Emily wears it to appease the older man, but all to soon removes it and adds it to the neckline of an old skeleton that adorns the corner of her rented attic. As Emily begins her residency and its challenges, she finds comfort in a fellow female resident, Mondra, as she finds herself championing for the underdog. She befriends a young woman undergoing treatment for breast cancer and does her best to assist an under privileged patient escape a hospital bill. Tending to a young man’s lacerations after a motor vehicle accident, she draws the ire of his father – a powerful community businessman, and in a series of unfortunate encounters Emily finds herself fired from her residency and scorned by the community she has just started to call home. At the same time, her fiancé tells her he has met another girl and wishes to end the relationship. As Emily’s world comes crashing down, she eyes the skeleton wearing its charm and replaces it around her neck. Almost immediately, things begin to change…. Is it magic? Or an old curse of kings? Or coincidence? A sweet story about Emily and a crew of ‘different’ people, and the importance of acceptance, tolerance, self love, and being yourself! I loved this book and its messages!!
Craig David Singer's compassionate, haunting new novel "More than Bones" starts out by exploring strong, unique characters and a mysterious premise that takes you in surprising directions. By the end, Singer has taken you on a journey that involves deeply emotional victories, crises, and genuinely heartfelt changes in his characters. "More than Bones" sinks you into its characters and their external and internal conflicts. As the novel's title suggests, it delivers on its promise to be "more than" just a story about superficial interactions or even internal skeletal structures. It engages you in the emotionally rich lives of its characters, the loves and fears and longings in their lives, and it doesn't shy away from asking larger spiritual questions. The mysteries and complexities of life flow through these pages like wind, animating and filling whatever they find.
3.5 stars I just finished this book and It’s was cool and entraining. I liked the way the author was realistic about the medical life and how he described it. The book kept me intrigued most of the time, also it was enjoyable but it was a little messy, all mixed... religion, LGBT, mystery. I didn’t liked the religious connotations (the book has a lot of them) The characters were cool but I didn’t connected with all of them... Andrew were my favorite, he was so unique and gay, I liked him! You don’t see a guy like him in real life haha. I hope that other readers can enjoy this book and that they can connect with the characters... so please give this book a chance :) Also the book cover it’s amazing, I love it.
This is a light, fun read. Emily Norton moves to Baltimore to start her medical internship and to be closer to her fiancé, also doing an intern in D.C. She rents the attic in the house of larger-than-life Norton Wharton, and immediately becomes enmeshed in the lives of those she works with and lives near. There's a bit of a mystical nature to this book (don't want to give too much away), and a lot of issues are touched upon: religion and faith, LGBTQ acceptance, family relationships. I particularly liked the hospital scenes and how real they felt (no surprise when I was finished reading and looked up the author only to discover he's a physician; those scenes, in some ways, reminded me of Kimmery Martin's The Queen of Hearts). This is perfect for those needing an uplifting read (with a caveat that there are some heavy parts of the book in the middle), and it's a particularly good holiday read (ending as it does with a lovely Christmas).