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The international bestselling author of Into the Wilderness makes her highly anticipated return with a remarkable epic about two female doctors in nineteenth-century New York. The year is 1883, and in New York City, Anna Savard and her cousin Sophie - both graduates of the Woman's Medical School - treat the city's most vulnerable, even if doing so puts everything they've strived for in jeopardy... Anna's work has placed her in the path of four children who have lost everything, just as she herself once had. Faced with their helplessness, Anna must make an unexpected choice between holding on to the pain of her past and letting love into her life. For Sophie, an obstetrician and the orphaned daughter of free people of color, helping a desperate young mother forces her to grapple with the oath she took as a doctor - and thrusts her and Anna into the orbit of anti-vice crusader Anthony Comstock, a dangerous man who considers himself the enemy of everything indecent and of anyone who dares to defy him.

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Sara Donati

Sara Donati is the pen name of Rosina Lippi. Rosina lives with her husband (the Mathematician) their adult daughter (once referred to as Girl Child but at the moment without a code name) , Jimmy Dean (Pupper Extraordinaire) , Bella Cat, and the occasional foster doggo, in the middle of an overgrown garden near the Puget Sound. She misses the East Coast and living in a city. Sara lives with them and refuses to help with dishes or answer the phone, but she is in fact working on the sequel to The Gilded Hour. You can find both of them at rosinalippi.com

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