- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 3282 KB
- Print Length: 398 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Books We Love Ltd. (31 Jan. 2014)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00I6KOKL6
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #534,270 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Although Celia is headstrong and dreams women (like her) will one day be admitted into the hallowed halls of the Royal Society of Surgeons, she could not, in her wildest dreams, have believed a chance encounter with a viscount would see her attending (in disguise) at a lecture given by Robert Hooke: an eminent scientist of his day. What transcends from that momentous occasion and her frequent visits to the Palace of Whitehall as a healer, leads on to romance and momentary untold wealth she fears will taint and destroy her peace of mind. Worse, a decision that will change her life forever becomes the greatest step she has ever had to face. Can she step across the social divide, or is it safer to remain in the darker realm of The Barbers.Read more ›
The characters are wonderfully quirky and nicely developed and believable. Most remarkable was the amount of research the author conducted into the various herbs, tinctures, and practices (both good and evil) of the healing arts of the time. I liked how the heroine demonstrated the strength and courage to maneuver among the prejudices against women healers and surgeons. She dreams big - one day hoping to be accepted into the Royal Society of Surgeons. Her skill takes her from the streets of London into the Palace of Whitehall where her talents overcome her lower rank and allows her to hobnob with the nobility. It is there that she falls in love, but faces a life altering decision.
This is not the first novel by Katherine Pym that I have read, and it definitely won't be the last. Why? Because she is able to take historical details and with great accuracy, weaves them into a enjoyable read! Her characters tug at the heart, her scenery so real you feel transported. Highly recommended!
Celia is an unusual character in that she is not happy to accept the rules and restrictions of the Barber’s Guild which is reluctant to admit women. Celia’s family is a mixture of zealots, loose women, lecherous men and innocent abandoned children which make up a colourful household behind their barber’s shop with forays into White Hall Palace and 'Shooting The Bridge'.
Celia gets drawn into the circle of Lord Deeping, a man she cannot imagine having any interest in her but the obvious, however he proves useful in allowing her into the hallowed halls of Gresham College and the lectures at the Royal Society in an age where education is fitful, women were regarded better for being kept ignorant, and scientific knowledge was lower than most modern ten-year-olds.
The author has written an interesting story with some lovely characters.