Lillian Avery has struggled her whole life to prove herself since an accident at a young age damaged her physically. She successfully becomes a pharmacist despite opposition for her gender and condition and manages to secure a position in Boston with the help of her brother. Upon arriving, however, she discovers that she still has much to prove to her new boss. As strange events begin to occur in the pharmacy, she seeks the help of her brother’s friend Archer Vandenberg, the wealthy sailor who spends his life demonstrating that he is more than simply money. Despite his own nightmares after battles at sea, Arch agrees to help the courageous Lillian, neither of them realizing how deep they must go in order to do the right thing, battling their own personal trials along the way.
I enjoy every novel by Sarah Sundin because she writes with a perfect blend of history and romance, creating characters that possess significant depth, struggle with realistic trials, and emerge with great growth and maturity. They are easy to connect with and challenge me in my own spiritual journey. One critique for this story in particular is that I did not like the final trial that Arch faces; I found that the book would not have been hindered if he did not face this situation and it felt a bit forced and too coincidental to be realistic for me. Overall, however, I did really like this book and was pleased to see a few characters from previous novels in this series, which, although also enjoyable, do not necessarily need to be read first. I recommended this book to all lovers of historical fiction!
I received a copy of this book from Revell Publishing in exchange for an honest review.