Wednesday, February 6, 2019

Review: Courage Between Love and Death

ABL Review At-A-Glance
Ø    Title: The Courage Between Love and Death
Ø    My Rating: 4
Ø    Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
Ø    Author:  Joseph Pillitteri
Ø    Format:  Paperback*
Ø    Publication Date:  March 29th, 2018

Goodreads Synopsis

Elspeth has recently landed a nursing position at the 1901 Pan American Exposition Hospital in Buffalo, New York. This is a big boon for her, but things are not going as expected. She has to navigate mischievous patients, egotistical doctors, rival nurses and prejudices. For an Irish girl with a temper, this is no easy feat. Now President McKinley is coming to visit the Expo and everyone is in an uproar. On the home front, her life is no less hectic as she struggles to put food on the table and look out for her younger siblings.

When the unthinkable happens, it is a turning point, not only for the medical industry and our country’s security, but also for Elspeth personally. With her career and reputation on the line, will she have the courage to overcome the challenges she faces to clear her name and continue to be there for the ones she loves?

My Thoughts...

In all honesty, I am not familiar with the assassination of President McKinley, other than knowing it happened.  I am even less familiar with the time period in Buffalo, New York.  So, when I was offered a chance to read this book, I jumped at the opportunity to read a story where I can learn about a significant moment in history and be entertained by a woman’s journey. Little did I know, the book would be so much more.

I loved getting to know Elspeth.  At one point, I found myself frustrated by her inability to make the obvious choice in her love life, but that’s when the story really hit home for me.  Elspeth and her family are desperate, and for a woman at that time, marriage was the only guaranteed way of providing financial security.  Then I thought about how indecisive I was about love in college, where I had way less at stake, and decided maybe I should give Elspeth a break.  Maybe she is trying to make the best decision for her family, even while her heart is pulling her in a different direction.

The way that the events unfold are perfectly paced for me to get a feeling of the events and atmosphere surrounding the assassination. I was really surprised by how little I knew about life as an Irish person.  Cultural details filled this book, emphasizing one of the reasons I love well researched historical fiction.  How else could I understand the daily life of someone living in a different time? Elspeth’s responsibilities, the prejudices she lived with on a daily basis, and her very real fears drew me into her story and kept me wanting to read more.

If you like historical fiction, and want to learn more about the McKinley assassination and the Pan-American Expo, pick up this book.

* Special thanks to Joseph Pillitteri, Fireship Press, and TLC Book Tours for providing a copy of The Courage Between Love and Death in exchange for an honest review.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for being on this tour!

    Sara @ TLC Book Tours


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