In the spring of 1907, Abigail Platford finds herself unexpectedly adrift in New York City. Penniless and full of self-doubt, she has abandoned her dream of someday attending medical school and becoming a doctor like her late father. Instead, she takes a minor position in the office of Dr. Franklin Rome, hoping at least to maintain contact with the world of medicine that fascinates her. She soon learns that the handsome and sophisticated Dr. Rome is one of a rare new breed of so-called beauty doctors who chisel noses, pin back ears, trim eyelids and inject wrinkles with paraffin. At first skeptical, she begins to open her mind, and then her heart, to Dr. Rome. But when his proposed partnership with a proponent of the early twentieth century eugenics movement raises troubling questions, Abigail becomes ensnared in a web of treachery that challenges her most cherished beliefs about a doctor’s sacred duty and threatens to destroy all she loves. A suspenseful work of historical fiction grounded in the social and moral issues of the Edwardian era in America. (This book currently is one of six finalists in the category of Published Fiction, 2017 Arizona Literary Contest.)
|Publisher:||Belle Epoque Publishing|
|File size:||876 KB|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
A writer and musician, Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard lives in Arizona with her husband, Bob, and their black Lab, Pearly Mae.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite The Beauty Doctor by Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard is a compelling historical novel steeped in mystery with strong elements of a medical thriller. Having assisted her father’s patients and watched him work, Abigail Platford grows up with one thing clear in her mind — attend medical school and become a doctor. Medicine had always been more of a religious calling for her and she looked at the doctor as no different from a modern day saint. But in April 1907, she finds herself in New York City, broke and uncertain. She accepts a position, however insignificant, in the office of Dr. Franklin Rome, a position that allows her to stay close to the profession. At least that’s what she thinks. Abigail is immediately fascinated by Dr. Rome’s skill and good looks, and how he can transform a person through beauty surgery. But a partnership with Joe’s museum of human oddities raises serious problems, and Abigail find herself caught up in a world of deceit, a world with nothing reflecting her fundamental values and beliefs. She experiences betrayal in a way she never imagined. The Beauty Doctor is a fascinating read with compelling characters. The setting in New York City is excellently done and readers will enjoy this tale from the moment Abigail is introduced to New York high society and her subsequent involvement with Dr. Rome. The prose is elegant and the dialogues exciting. I enjoyed the exchanges between Abigail and Joe the most, given their contrasting backgrounds and education, when they talked about the aberrations of nature or freaks of nature. The transformations that take place in Abigail’s life are interesting and readers will enjoy her view of beauty surgery. Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard creates very compelling characters and the emotional as well as the moral implications of the story are well explored. Great pacing, gripping plot, and very suspenseful. It is an engaging read.
We are proud to announce that THE BEAUTY DOCTOR by Elizabeth Hutchinson Bernard is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells readers that this book is well worth their time and money!