In the shadow of the nation's capital, Kate Livingston's respectable life as a government worker is disrupted by an encounter with the insufferable Trevor McDonough, the one man she'd hoped never to see again. A Harvard-trained physician, Trevor never showed the tiniest flicker of interest in Kate, and business is the only reason he has sought her out now.
Despite her misgivings, Kate agrees to Trevor's risky proposal to join him in his work to find a cure for tuberculosis. As Kate begins to unlock the mysteries of Trevor's past, his hidden depths fascinate her. However, a shadowy enemy lies in wait and Trevor's closely guarded secrets are darker than she ever suspected.
As revelations from the past threaten to destroy their careers, their dreams, and even their lives, Trevor and Kate find themselves in a painfully impossible situation. With everything to lose, they must find the strength to trust that hope and love can prevail over all.
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About the Author
Elizabeth Camden is the author of 11 historical novels and two historical novellas and has been honored with both the RITA Award and the Christy Award. With a master's in history and a master's in library science, she is a research librarian by day and scribbles away on her next novel by night. She lives with her husband in Florida. Learn more at www.elizabethcamden.com.
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With Every Breath
By Elizabeth Camden
Bethany House PublishersCopyright © 2014 Dorothy Mays
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TWELVE YEARS LATER
Kate held the letter in her hands. She'd read it so many times over the past week, the words were engraved in her mind, yet she still couldn't understand why a world-renowned doctor would have singled her out to apply for a prestigious position at Washington Memorial Hospital.
Around her, rows of women filled the cavernous room, all of them sitting before tabulating machines. The women busily fed punch cards into the machines, filling the air with the sounds of clicking, humming, and rattling. Kate used to adore her work here at the census bureau. Analyzing data to better understand the world around her had been a joy, the perfect job, and one that drew on her statistical abilities. But that was last year, before the machines invaded the bureau's office.
The machines had put statisticians out of work everywhere. It seemed there was no longer an office in the entire city that didn't have an adding machine or a tabulating mechanism. There was still plenty of statistical forecasting work that needed to be done by people with a good head for numbers, but those jobs went to men.
Men with college degrees.
She pushed the thought away. Tomorrow morning she was going to interview at Washington Memorial Hospital for a position to analyze data and predict trends in health and disease. Never had she wanted a job so badly. It would free her from this beehive and give her the chance to do something meaningful with her brain.
"Are you really going to go through with it?" Betsy Waters asked, leaning over from her tabulating station.
Kate startled and quickly slipped the letter beneath a stack of files. "I've got to," she said in a low voice. "I'll wonder for the rest of my life if I don't."
She still wondered how Dr. T. M. Kendall had learned of her existence. After all, there were dozens of statisticians who had been put out of work when the census became automated, so why did he single her out for an interview?
"I hope Mr. Gertsmann doesn't fire you on the spot," Betsy said. "Last year he fired Letty Smitson just for reading the advertisements for open positions in the Treasury Department."
Kate was well aware of her supervisor's hostility toward any employee who dared to lift her head up and aspire to something outside the beehive. Washington had always been a little unusual in the number of women who were able to find office jobs. Government agencies required an awesome number of clerical workers, and in a small city like Washington, that opened doors for women. Almost a third of the people working in government offices were women, but most were under the thumb of men like Mr. Gertsmann, who greeted Kate's request for three hours of leave with a long, hostile stare.
"I insist on knowing the reason you will miss work in the middle of the week," Mr. Gertsmann said. "Such lack of discipline is not something I will condone without a good explanation."
"Sir, I'm only asking for three hours tomorrow morning. I will be in the office by eleven o'clock." At all costs, she must not let him know she was interviewing for another position or he might fire her then and there.
"I will not allow you to gallivant around this city without knowing your reason for missing work."
"I've worked here for twelve years," Kate said. "In all that time I've only been absent from work once."
"Yes, but that involved an entire week, and you did so without advance warning."
She sucked in a sharp breath. "That was when my husband died! And I didn't receive advance warning the scaffolding he was standing on was going to collapse."
She blinked rapidly. The accident had been four years ago, and Kate hardly ever cried over it anymore, but to have Nathan's death flung at her made her want to break something.
Other women in the office sent her sympathetic glances. Mr. Gertsmann was condescending to all the women in the office, but he always singled her out for the worst of his ire.
"You have no bereavement now, so again I insist on knowing why you plan on missing work."
The clattering of the machines tapered off a little as some in the office started listening in. Given the way the other women in the room glared at him, it was almost surprising that Mr. Gertsmann didn't burst into flame.
"It's a personal matter," she finally answered.
"And is this 'personal matter' in relation to employment at the Washington Memorial Hospital?"
She winced. "How did you know that?"
He yanked a small envelope from his pocket. "Because I've had a request for your references. The newly appointed Dr. T. M. Kendall wishes to know about your vaunted skills as a statistician."
The way he said statistician made it sound like a puny and pathetic word. After all, with machines taking over so much of the tabulating work, Mr. Gertsmann thought statisticians ought to be put on the shelf alongside the bow and arrow and everything else that had been rendered useless by modern technology.
"I certainly hope you will find working at the hospital a fulfilling outlet for your ambitions, because I can't imagine employing a woman of questionable loyalty here at the census bureau."
"Are you firing me?" It would be a disaster if she lost this job before securing another. With all the pricey improvements her parents made to the boardinghouse, Kate's income was needed to pay the bank note each month.
Mr. Gertsmann assumed an artificially pleasant tone as he smirked at her. "And if I decide to terminate your employment if you miss work tomorrow morning?"
She had to be smart about this. Mr. Gertsmann was a small man whose ego needed regular tending, and she braced herself to do just that.
"Then naturally I will be here on time," she said calmly. If she had to miss the interview, she would find another way to make contact with Dr. Kendall.
Her conciliatory words had the desired effect. Mr. Gertsmann preened, puffing his chest out and fiddling with the buttons on his vest.
"Excellent," he said. "I am a generous man and will permit you three hours' leave, but I trust this will be the end of your foolish ambitions. Women are ideally suited to the monotony of census work, but if you wish to toy with the fantasy of pursuing a rigorous intellectual position, it will be amusing to watch."
He patted her on the shoulder, and she tried not to cringe. "I hope the disappointment is not too great," he added before leaving the room.
"That man makes me long for a bucket of tar and a sack of feathers," Kate muttered as she returned to her station. She was twenty-nine years old and was dying on the vine at the census bureau. The position at the hospital was a long shot, but she intended to fight hard for it.
* * *
"Why does he hate you so much?" Charlie Davis asked as he lounged in the windowsill of the boardinghouse's dining room, his thin frame looking as delicate as a reed. For such a skinny man, he was always voraciously hungry and appeared the moment the scent from her mother's kitchen began percolating through the boardinghouse. With his gray hair immaculately groomed and his neatly clipped mustache, Charlie was like the grandfather she never had, and their daily chat while she set the dinner table had been a ritual since the time Kate was a child.
His question made Kate pause as she retrieved the heavy pewter flatware from the sideboard. "Mr. Gertsmann doesn't like anybody, but one time I stopped a report from going out that had a string of errors in it. A batch of punch cards had been fed into the machine backwards, skewing the data. He ought to have noticed the numbers looked off-kilter, but it slipped past him. I think he was embarrassed I caught it."
"You might have saved his job," Charlie said.
"Maybe." She began laying the plates next. They were large plates, as her mother delivered heaping portions of the best food on the Eastern Seaboard, making their boardinghouse famous among the elected officials in Washington. Most government jobs didn't pay much, and unless the elected officials were independently wealthy, they usually stayed in boardinghouses or hotels whenever Congress was in session.
The dining room was large, with three windows facing H Street and providing a view of the US Capitol building only a few blocks away. The dining room's creamy yellow walls and crown molding was typical of the Federal style that dominated the city. A long table stretched down the center of the room, and Kate had been setting this table each evening from the time she was old enough to be trusted with the crockery.
From behind the swinging door to the kitchen, pots clattered and a kettle whistled. Dinner was at least twenty minutes away, yet the scents of fresh bread and simmering beef were probably tormenting Charlie as badly as a hound tethered just out of reach from a juicy steak. "How about I sneak in the kitchen and see if I can steal a blueberry muffin for you? Mother made them this afternoon."
Charlie's eyes sparkled. "You are an angel of goodness and mercy."
Charlie had lived at their boardinghouse ever since he was elected to Congress thirty-two years ago. He witnessed all her childhood triumphs and tragedies. He taught her to tie her shoelaces and looked the other way when she slid down the polished oak banisters. He listened to her wax ecstatic over her adolescent crush on Nathan Livingston, the funniest boy in school, who could balance a fiddle on the tip of his nose and still look devilishly handsome while he did it. Charlie cheered her on at horseshoe matches and commiserated when she lost the college scholarship to Trevor McDonough. Charlie came to her wedding, and he was a pallbearer at Nathan's funeral only two years later. She would be forever grateful for that. Nathan had always been a little in awe of Charlie Davis and would have been flattered that Pennsylvania's longest-serving congressman did him that final honor.
The aroma of roast beef and simmering onions surrounded Kate as she pushed into the warm kitchen. Steam rose from kettles on the massive cast-iron stove. Kate used a pair of tongs to open the door of the warming compartment. "Please look the other way while I steal a muffin for Charlie."
Her mother didn't turn around from slicing onions into a pan of sizzling butter. "Just one," she cautioned. "That Bauman girl is bringing three guests to dinner and gave me only an hour's notice. I ought to start charging Justice Bauman extra for all the mouths they drag in here."
Irene Bauman and her father had been living here the past eight years whenever the Supreme Court was in session. Justice Bauman was a decent man, but his daughter? Kate snatched a muffin and thought about skipping dinner if Irene was going to be there.
No such luck. When Kate returned to the dining room, Irene had plopped down in a chair opposite Charlie, playfully twirling a lock of her honey-blond hair. It was bad enough to watch an eighteen-year-old girl flirt with a man in his sixties, but did she really need to twirl her hair?
"Alms for the hungry," she said, dropping the muffin in Charlie's palm. "If you'll excuse me, I need to starch my dress shirt for tomorrow."
Charlie knew about the interview, of course. It would not surprise her if he'd already put in a good word for her at the hospital, although he denied it. "I've never met this Dr. Kendall fellow," he said. "But if he is half as smart as people say, he'll snap you up immediately."
"I hope you aren't going to wear that boring pinstripe shirt," Irene said. "I'll loan you one of my mutton sleeve blouses, if you like. You would look so much smarter."
Here we go. Why couldn't she and Irene be in the same room for two minutes without the competition beginning? Irene always compared their clothing, their hairstyles, their jewelry. There was nothing Kate loved more than matching wits or skill in a healthy competition, but over fashion? And yet the moment Irene moved into the boardinghouse, the natural rivalry seemed to take root and spring up at the worst times. It reminded Kate of school, when she spent years matching wits against Trevor McDonough. At least Trevor was smart; Irene was a nitwit.
Although she had to admit, Irene's mutton sleeve blouses were spectacular. Would it be so wrong to borrow one? Temptation clawed at her. Just once it would be nice to be as stylishly turned-out as Irene, but Kate couldn't take the bait. If she got this job, Irene would lord it over her for ages, insisting it was her blouse that won Kate the job.
"My pinstripe blouse will be fine." It had gently gathered sleeves and fabulous cuffs that buttoned tightly all the way to her elbows. She loved the dashing feminine appearance the blouse gave her. It was nothing compared to a real mutton sleeve blouse, but it still looked smart.
"Suit yourself," Irene said. "It's such a shame you're interviewing for another job involving math. It must be awful squinting at numbers all day. It will put lines on your face for good."
Charlie winced at the insult, but Kate took it in stride. "Oh, Irene, my face is the place nasty worry lines come to roost for fun."
Kate never worried too much about her appearance. She had a trim, athletic figure from running up and down four flights of stairs to keep the boardinghouse operating, and she never bothered with jewelry or ornamentation. With a wealth of smooth red hair, she simply mounded it atop her head in the Gibson girl style that was becoming so popular.
Kate grabbed a handful of pewter spoons and began laying them alongside the plates. "Who are your guests for dinner this evening? Mother is scrambling to stretch the meal."
"Jenny Fayette and her parents," Irene said while she kept twirling her hair. "I met them at the Smithsonian this morning. Her father is in the navy and his uniform is so dashing. I think he is a captain."
Kate almost dropped the spoons. "Captain Fayette?" she gasped. "Captain Alfred Fayette of the Naval Academy?"
"Do you already know him?" Irene looked mildly disappointed. "I was hoping to surprise everyone with my fancy guests."
Kate didn't have time for explanations; she merely shoved the spoons in Irene's hands. "Here, you finish setting the table. I've got to run."
* * *
Kate was breathless by the time she ran to the Marine Barracks on Eighth Street. It was a hot June day, and a stitch clawed at her side while a blister screamed on the back of her heel, but none of that mattered.
Her little brother was going to get into the Naval Academy if she had to pull every string in the city. Tick had dreamed of it ever since he was a child, and last year's rejection was a blow none of them anticipated. No one in her family had gone to college, so how was she to know the application process began so early? Or that they needed letters of support from officers and elected officials?
Tick ended up joining the Marine Corps after finishing school, but Kate wasn't going to let it end there. His letter of rejection encouraged him to apply again, and this time Kate would make sure his application sailed through with a chorus of angels singing his praises. Timothy "Tick" Norton was going to be the first member of their family to graduate from college if it killed her.
The blister got worse as she turned down Eighth Street. It was an older part of the city that hadn't yet been renovated. Washington used to be a small, muddy town, but after the Civil War, money flowed into the city to widen the boulevards, line the streets with trees, and erect elegantly wrought lampposts to illuminate the city. Government buildings were torn down and replaced with palaces of white granite and imposing columns that glittered in the sunlight.
In the southern part of town, the stately government buildings gave way to oak-shaded streets and redbrick walls. Only two blocks north of the US Navy Yard, the Marine Barracks consisted of a long row of buildings with an armory and living quarters. It was impossible to get through the gate this late in the afternoon, but the brick wall was only five feet tall, and with a jump she was able to hoist herself up to brace her elbows on the ledge. Tick was playing a game of dice on a table beneath the thick branches of an oak tree.
"Hey, Tick!" she called. "Get over here!"
Tick whirled around, a grin spreading over his face. With blond hair and sky-blue eyes, Tick had grown into a handsome young man. He was eighteen and already six feet tall, and he wasn't finished growing. Dressed in a plain shirt and brown pants, Tick had changed out of the field uniform he wore during the first part of the day when he served as guard to the surgeon general. His long, loping strides devoured the ground.
"Quit calling me Tick in front of other people," he said as soon as he was opposite her.
"Sorry," she said with a wince. She had been trying to quit, but he'd been Tick since she'd changed his diapers and taught him how to walk. With her mother cooking and cleaning for thirty boarders, Kate practically raised Tick, and she'd loved every minute of it. She was eleven when he was born, and he was the best gift any girl ever had. She loved his soft baby smell and the drooly smile he gave her every morning when she lifted him from the cradle. Later, he clung to her like a tick she could never shake, hanging on to her leg as she walked around the house. Whenever she came into his line of sight, he would launch himself across the room and straight into her arms.
"Listen," she whispered. "Captain Fayette from the Naval Academy is coming to dinner tonight. Change into your dress uniform and get back to the house. This is too good an opportunity to miss."
"Tonight? I can't leave without permission. There are rules about things like that."
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It has been too long since I have read a book by Elizabeth Camden. With Every Breath was such a delightful read and one of my top ten favorites for this year. If I could give it more than 5 stars I would. This story was the type of story I could not put down and I read it within two days. I have not had a book capture my attention like that in a while. One, in which, it so captures my imagination it makes it hard to join the real world again. I enjoyed both the hero and heroine. They both have faced some pretty sad circumstances throughout their lives. Both Trevor and Kate are likable, and due to their life circumstances and experiences they are very mature in their decision making. Their love story was slow and simmering, and their wit and banter was enjoyable to watch. I also liked that even though they did love each other, they both understood that it might be best if they just remained friends. As I was joyfully reading along, Ms. Camden dropped in a twist that literally took my breath away. Not only is the romance nice, but the history of tuberculosis was very interesting as well. This is a must read book and I look forward to reading all of Elizabeth Camden’s books. I received this book from the The Book Club Network, Inc. (TBCN) and the opinions are my own.
With Every Breath, is a stunning medical romance novel. The story is enchanting. Two characters go head to head in competing for a full scholarship to pay for their college. The male character ends up winning it. Then twelve years later he changes his last name and sends her a letter asking for her to come for a job interview. She accepts and starts working for immediately. She also recognizes him to be the same cold hearted boy who beat her at winning a college scholarship. At first she feels anger towards him for that moment back in time, but she then grows to love working with him. She works as his assistant in helping him as he tries finding a cure for a terrible disease. But as each day comes and goes they both start feeling attraction towards each other. Will these two nemesis let their attraction grow? Or will the remain apart? This story was incredibly fascinating to read. The characters are realistic believable . Their quirks and arguments make them a great pair as the work together. Will they be romantically involved? I suggest that you pick up this dazzling book and read to find out!
I loved rhe story. It was fast paced, heart warming and inspirational. I could not put it down.
Love. This. Book. Could not stop reading until I finished it and then was so sad to be done. Loved the mystery/romance/medical - research history, all combining to make a great read. I will look for more books by this author.
With Every Breath is an excellent book. It contains the right amount of history, information and romance to keep you reading. I enjoyed reading the early history of medicine. The two primary characters, Trevor and Kate, have worked together in the past and are now working together again. There is just the right amount of mystery, romance, arguments and making up to keep the book interesting. I look forward to continue to read this author's work. I received this book from the Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
I enjoyed this book very much.It is an easy read and most enjoyable.
I have enjoyed reading other Elizabeth Camden books and this was no exception. The story was realistic and helped me to understand how bad the TB disease was before antibiotics. Highly recommend this read.
My thoughts: WITH EVERY BREATH is an older book by Ms. Camden. Trevor and Kate are polar opposites and their rivalry reminds me of Anne of Green Gables and Gilbert Blythe. Both super smart and determined to succeed. But that is where the similarity ends. Trevor is a super-intelligent medical genius who does care deeply for people, but he has zero bed-side manner and appears cold and calculating. Kate, on the other hand, is equally intelligent in areas (such as mathematics) where Trevor isn’t, but unlike him she puts her heart into her relationships and thrives on intimate relationships with family and friends. Kate may be a bit outspoken for women in 1862, I don’t know if she is or not, but most women in novels set in that time period are more docile, even if they are portrayed as tomboys, masquerading as men or other unfeminine activities. While Kate is very feminine she does have a brain and she wasn’t afraid to use it. If you like historical romance you might want to read WITH EVERY BREATH. While it is set around the awful (and not at all romantic) illness of tuberculosis and at times gets more detailed than I liked as a reader, there is a suspense woven in that causes these characters to fight through a painfully impossible situation for their lives, and careers. I was given a copy free. All opinions are my own.
What a wonderful book! A beautiful story of a heroic man who becomes a Doctor to find a cure for tuberculosis. This was an exciting, beautiful story that takes place in Washington DC at the end of the 19th century. It is intense the joy and heartache will grip you and not let you go. I was spellbound.
With Every Breath, a novel written by Elizabeth Camden, tells the tale of a thirty-year-old widow, Kate Livingston, trying to find her way in the male dominated world of Washington D.C. in the 1890s. When Kate receives an invitation to interview for the position of assistant to Dr. Kendall, a world-renowned doctor at Washington Memorial Hospital, she cannot believe the possibility she has been offered. She is further surprised when she arrives at the hospital to find that Dr. Trevor Kendall is actually Trevor McDonough, the boy she had competed with all through high school! Kate soon learns that Trevor is in midst of testing a new serum as he is trying to find a way to strengthen the blood of patients afflicted with tuberculosis. Trevor is looking for someone fearless for this job dealing with infected patients and the only person he knew could fill this spot was his old high school rival Kate. With some trepidation, Kate agrees to join Trevor in his work looking for a cure. Soon they are not only fighting to discover a cure, but they are fighting someone whose only desire is to destroy the doctor's project! Wait and see if Kate will learn how to trust God in the midst of the uncertainty of this situation. Many secrets come to life on the pages of this book that you will not believe! http://penlessreview.blogspot.com/
OK. Nothing special.
This was my first read by Elizabeth Camden but I will definitely be pulling her other novels out of to be read pile. This author has a way with words and her writing is so elegant it brought the scenes to life for me. As an added bonus, her books always have some of the most beautiful covers! Kate Livingston had always dreamed of going to college but her hopes were shattered when her high school rival Trevor McDonough won the scholarship award instead. Now she has a respectable government job as a statistician where her ability with numbers could really shine if her insufferable boss didn’t discourage anyone trying to better their position. When Trevor shows up out of the blue with a job offer studying Tuberculosis, Kate leaps at the chance although it will mean working closely with the man who shattered her dreams. Can they learn to trust and forgive each other? I truly enjoyed every inch of this story. It was interesting learning more about Tuberculosis and seeing how Trevor threw himself into his work with disregard for his own health in order to help others. I loved Kate as well. She was a smart and deeply caring individual who grew a lot as a character. I would recommend this book to historical fans and can’t wait to read more from this author! ***I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own***
I was surprised by how intense this book is! The main characters are both strong and flawed in different ways, so it was very interesting to read their interactions as they worked toward a common goal. Their personalities and pasts are revealed layer by layer- I was riveted by several facets of the story. A great historical novel! (Thank you to Bethany House Publishing for a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review)
This book was, for the most part, superb! It was fast paced, well-written and had likeable, realistic characters. It was a romance as well as a mystery, and I found the medical parts fascinating! One of the best Christian books I've read. It was the first book I've read by this author and I will surely read more by her. I highly recommend "With Every Breath". (Also, I adore the cover!) I received this book for free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.
An Excellent Novel! In With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden, Dr. Trevor McDonough Kendall is a prominent tuberculosis researcher in the nation’s capital. He enlists the help of a former school rival to work with him collating the research data in his quest to treat this deadly disease. While initially reluctant due to their stormy history, Kate Livingston accepts because she is desperate for a meaningful job utilizing her talents with statistics. As the two work together, they find they work better as a team than as rivals, but secrets threaten to keep them apart even as they develop feelings for one another. I was intrigued with the medical details in the novel; spread throughout the story to avoid overwhelming the reader, there is a lot packed in about research during the time period in which the story takes place. I was especially interested in the patient’s sentiments and their use of gallows humor as they faced what was, at the time, a death sentence. I appreciated the realistic spiritual content as well. These characters struggle with trusting God, some more than others, and we feel their pain and fear as they face the obstacles in their paths. Fear is deeply ingrained in Kate as a result of past losses, and she battles it throughout the tale. But there is so much hope and eternal perspective woven throughout the narrative that I found my own faith strengthened as I read and considered God’s sovereignty. Forgiveness, trust, and following the call God places on our lives are also addressed in these pages. Ms. Camden’s writing is outstanding. There is quite a lot of effective foreshadowing in this book, but it is skillfully done and never feels predictable. There are several twists that I never saw coming and a few times I expected something, only to have the opposite happen. Characterization is deep, and the romance in this novel is first-rate. From the moment I first read Elizabeth Camden’s work, I was hooked. That’s why I was thrilled to be selected to review her latest novel, With Every Breath. Packed with historical detail about tuberculosis research and the medical profession during the late 1800s, this book is a fascinating look back into history. I would highly recommend this tale to any fan of historical fiction, but especially to those interested in medical history, tuberculosis, women’s careers, or even politics and the military as they play a minor role in the story as well. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through The Book Club Network in exchange for this honest review.
Sometimes to win the prize you must overcome your fears... With Every Breath By Elizabeth Camden Kate Livingston is competitive and her greatest competition was against Trevor McDonough. And Kate hates losing and losing to Trevor again is not an option. So when Trevor offers her a job that is a challenge Kate can't say no. But this may be the hardest job she's ever had to do - analyzing data from tuberculosis patients. Analyzing the numbers is the easy part, it is watching people die that is hard. And Kate can't keep herself detached by seeing people only as a number even if Trevor seemingly can. But Trevor has secrets from his past that he has kept hidden away. And Kate is determined to discover what he has to hide. But shortly after Kate begins working for Trevor his research is threatened when someone begins a campaign of terror, using the press to stir up public panic and outcry. But why someone would try to stop the research into finding a cure for tuberculosis is the question Trevor and Kate are determined to answer before their research is derailed permanently. While Kate works to improve Trevor's people skills and help him gain allies to help him in his fight, Trevor looks into his past looking for clues as to who could hate him enough to take their hate public. As Trevor and Kate forge ahead in this fight both must learn to work past fears and hurts to embrace the future that they have each been offered. But is that future together or will their competitive nature drive them to seek separate futures? With Ever Breath takes place over several years but the main story is set in 1891 Washington, D.C. This is look into medical research in the late 1800's and the inherent difficulties involved with research at this time. But just like today peoples fears can threaten and stymie the efforts of researchers. Fears are not necessarily baseless, but they can oftentimes be a threat to finding a cure or treatment. Fans of historical fiction will find this a story worthy of their time and those who have read Elizabeth Camden's previous works won't be disappointed in this her latest work. I was provided a copy of this book through the Bethany House blogger program in exchange for my honest review.
This was my first read of Elizabeth Camden's and I must say I was very impressed with her writing and this book! This book is certainly a shelf keeper. One thing I loved about this book was the medical information, personally I LOVE this kind of stuff. It kept me interested and it also kept me turning the pages. Her historical detail was also very intriguing, not overwhelming but enough so that it brought the story to life. Another thing I really loved was the competition between Trevor and Kate, it was funny and I enjoyed it very much, possibly because I could see myself being that competitive. Trevor, the hero of this book researches tuberculosis and it was absolutely fascinating to me! He was a wounded hero, of sorts on the inside anyway. He tries to act cold and impassive so he isn't hurt by things of present. There were so many things about Trevor that I could relate to. Like him building walls up around his heart. But, as his character shows us, no matter how hard we try, we can't outrun our feelings. He was really a gentle soul though behind it all. he cared for people so much that it was his defense to try and not get attached. He is extremely passionate about his calling, which is finding a cure for tuberculosis. His passion was so lovable. A passion for curing something that hurt people, being so determined to cure something so complex and would let nothing hold him back. Trevor isn't your normal hero, he isn't described as drop dead gorgeous but seeing him through Kate's eyes made him so handsome, I really loved his character. Now for Kate, the heroine of this book. She is sassy, sarcastic at times, determined, bold and also loving. The audaciousness she displayed was laughable because she would always kind of stun Trevor with her response, the same for when she was sarcastic. It either stunned him or made him crack a smile. She is determined to make her new job work even though at first she can't stand the insufferable Trevor McDonough. She says what she thinks and asks what she want to know. Sometimes she can seem a bit nosy but I consider her a very curious person and who can blame her, for she really knew nothing about her new employer. I must say I would have been nagging a bit like her to see if I could find out what drove him. Who he really was inside. Kate cared a lot for people and that hurt her because it meant her facing her biggest fear. Her hurts and fears made her feel real and I loved her character. Since the characters were both former friends, or should I say enemies? They used to compete in school so their banter started right away. It made their friendship interesting. Another thing I love is that they were friends before the romantic feelings started coming into play. Also there was some mystery in the book, it wasn't the main focus of the book but it was enough to keep me guessing and wondering who was behind the mystery. I loved this book, the only thing I would like to comment about is toward the end it started dragging on just a little bit. Not so much that it was annoying I just thought it could have gone just a little bit faster. But, other than that I really enjoyed this book and I give it five stars! I received this book from The Book Club Network Inc for my honest review, which I have given. I was not required to write a positive review and have not been compensated for it in any way. All opinions expressed are mine.
With Every Breath By Elizabeth Camden In the shadow of the nation's capital, Kate Livingston's respectable life as a government worker is disrupted by an encounter with the insufferable Trevor McDonough, the one man she'd hoped never to see again. A Harvard-trained physician, Trevor never showed the tiniest flicker of interest in Kate, and business is the only reason he has sought her out now. Despite her misgivings, Kate agrees to Trevor's risky proposal to join him in his work to find a cure for tuberculosis. As Kate begins to unlock the mysteries of Trevor's past, his hidden depths fascinate her. However, a shadowy enemy lies in wait and Trevor's closely guarded secrets are darker than she ever suspected. As revelations from the past threaten to destroy their careers, their dreams, and even their lives, Trevor and Kate find themselves in a painfully impossible situation. With everything to lose, they must find the strength to trust that hope and love can prevail over all. My Take: Elizabeth Camden and has a way of making you feel as if you traveled back in time and are right there with the characters. Laughing with them, crying with them Etc. The way she writes the characters relationships is so entertaining especially the banter between Kate and Trevor. This is the second of Elizabeth Camdens books that I have read and I can't wait to read more. If you are looking for a great historical fiction book look no farther than Elisabeth Camdens With E very Breath. The plot will definitely grab your interest. Elizabeth Camden once again makes her female character a strong, smart woman. The element of faith shines in this book, and Camden reaches out with the message that "Your life is going to unfold exactly as God intends". Favorite Quotes: "God never asked her to understand Him. He asked her to Trust Him." "You only love when it's easy." "Tomorrow might be riddled with fear and heartache, but right now in this perfect, God-given moment, he knew joy and was grateful for it."
Another wonderful story from Elizabeth Camden! This is only the second book by Elizabeth Camden that I have read, I was even more impressed with her writing the second time around. With Every Breath was one of the most interesting historicals I have read this year. I was fascinated by the info about TB and the research for a treatment/cure. I mean, who knew how important statistics could be in the day-to-day research of such a dread disease. It took awhile for Trevor to grow on me. Just like Kate, I was determined to dislike him for the way he acted in school. But as the story went along and Kate's sunny personality began to thaw him out I came to like him more and more. I loved the realism that Elizabeth Camden used in Kate. She is strong,bright and cheerful, but on the other hand she is a complete bundle of fears. She is a paradox just like so many of us are. And she has to learn how to live each day at a time. Forgiveness is a major theme in With Every Breath. Both Kate and Trevor have things from the past and even some present things to forgive. A wonderful story filled with danger and romance that is sure to please any reader of historical fiction. Don't miss With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden! (I received a copy of this book from Bethany House in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.)
I loved this book. From the very first, I was drawn into Kate and Trevor's tale and ultimate love story. I mourned when they mourned, but I also laughed when they laughed. Ms. Camden did an excellent job of pulling me in and keeping me there, enthralled with the wonderfully constructed story. I received the above from the author/publisher for the purpose of review. I've given you my honest opinion.
During her years in school, Kate was always in competition with brilliant, wealthy, yet remote, Trevor McDonough. At the end of her high school years, Kate desperately wanted to win the scholarship to college. This would have been the only way she, as a young woman in the 1880’s, could have attended college. Despite a valiant attempt, Kate lost the scholarship. Now, over a decade later, she finds herself a widow who still lives in her parents’ boarding house, working at a mind numbing government job. Suddenly, Trevor comes back into her life. He is a brilliant, world renowned doctor. He has taken on the cause of finding a cure for dreaded tuberculosis and he wants Kate to work for him. Kate finds the work challenging and fascinating as she begins to find the doctor himself. But Kate must face her own demons of wanting to control those she loves to prevent them from harm and loss, if she is to move forward in life and love. I have read all of Elizabeth Camden’s books. They are always well researched and a delight to read. This book was no exception. Not hearing much about tuberculosis in modern times, we forget the plague that this was in days past. The author’s research brought this suffering to light. She also shone a light on the lengths those looking to help the afflicted by treating and finding a cure would go. It is very reminiscent of the modern day Ebola crisis. This is a highly recommended book not only for the great research and writing, but it is a wonderful story. I received a complimentary copy of this from NetGalley for my unbiased opinion.
What a touching story! Once again Miss Camden brings us a wonderful story with heart and soul. In With Every Breath, our primary characters are seeking a cure for Tuberculosis. This journey and battle against the raging disease is heart-wrenching. We meet characters stricken with this disease only to watch them slowly succumb. These moments are poignant and written with care. The emotional aspect of this story is only made more powerful by...oh. Right. Spoilers! ;) Both Trevor and Kate completely transform from the people they were at the start of the book. Their development as a romantic couple and as individuals are well-handled. It was easy to identify or at least relate to Kate early on, but it took longer for me to warm up to Trevor's cold facade. Other minor characters came to life off the page; fully giving this world a realistic touch. Overall, With Every Breath comes just shy of my favorites list. The setting pops off the page, the mystery holds you to your seat, and the characters will warm your heart. If you have read and enjoyed Miss Camden's other novels then I would encourage you to read this one. For those new to Miss Camden, if historical romance is your slice of pie, then I encourage you to read this novel as well. I recommend to readers ages sixteen and older. I received this book from the publisher in return for an honest review of my opinions, which I have done. Thanks!!