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review 2018-02-07 11:52
The Doctor's Wife is Dead: A Peculiar Marriage, a Suspicious Death, and a Murder Trial in Nineteenth-Century Ireland - Andrew Tierney

1849 and Mrs Langley, the doctor’s wife, is dead. But why had she been made to live in the attic of her home and why had she previously been sent to live in a poor part of town? The Doctor’s Wife is Dead follows the trial of Dr Langley and the reactions of family and friends to the treatment of Mrs Langley.

 

At first I wasn’t totally engaged with the book. There are many people to feature in the lives of Dr and Mrs Langley, and it was difficult to differentiate between family members, legal advisors and inquest jury members. In fact I started to read the book then put it to one side for a while. But I picked it up again and found that this time I wrapped up in the melancholy tale of a wife seemingly cast out by her younger husband.

 

There is a lot to find interesting in the book. The social morals and ideals of the 19th Century are more immediate when told by way of an actual family. The book manages to veer away from the salacious and whilst the author endeavours to remain impartial, the reader inevitably draws their own conclusions.

 

The story is just as much a treatise on domestic violence as it is an examination of the place in society women held in the 19th Century. Whilst there are many differences between then and now the tale of Dr and Mrs Langley is still as relevant today, sadly.

Dr Langley appears from the testimony of witnesses and from his own letters, to be a controlling, narcissistic man, who married his older wife for her money. He is conniving and deliberate in his treatment towards her. Whilst domestic abuse was prevalent in the 19th Century, laws were only just coming into being to protect women, and the burden of proof and social stigma attached to any such allegations was still high. Even by today’s standards the Langley case is shocking and sad, for contemporaries it would have been scandalous, the details of it even reaching Westminster.

 

This is an interesting look at a case that is both of it’s time and of the moment.

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review 2018-01-29 15:27
Doctor Kinney's Housekeeper by Sara Dahmen
Doctor Kinney's Housekeeper - Sara Dahmen
The name of this book has been changed to Widow 1881. 

I really enjoyed this book. It is not what I normally read but maybe I should change that. The book to me read almost like a diary. It was written in first person. You really got to know Jane Weber, all of her thoughts and feelings were really laid out. A few times I even had a tear in my eye. Sara Dahmen has done a wonderful job with this story. It really jumped off the pages. Her descriptions were very lifelike but yet there wasn't so much description that I got bored or skipped paragraphs. I really enjoyed the book and the setting.

Bostonian Jane Weber is recently widowed at a young age. Her marriage was not one filled with love or lust, it was more like a quiet friendship. After her husbands passing Jane wanted to get a taste of passion and during that brief moment she later finds herself to be pregnant. With her husband being dead and the father of the child being out of the picture, Jane decides to take a job as housekeeper to a Doctor in the Wild West to keep her secret. 

After loosing her baby, nearly dying, falling for the Doctor then convincing to court another woman, Jane decides to head back east, and deal with her broken heart. Now the questions are: Will she change her mind and go back West? Will she meet someone new and start a new life? Will the Doctor come after her? Read the book and find out!!
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text 2018-01-28 00:24
Reading progress update: I've read 1 out of 436 pages.
The Sign of Fear: A Doctor Watson Thriller (A Dr. Watson Thriller) - Robert Ryan

who says Dr. Watson can't be the star? (be quiet, Holmes.)

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review 2018-01-27 13:06
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Wrapped Up In You - Ella Frank,Brooke Blaine

Carter loves the holidays.  His partner is a doctor, and worked straight through.  So he gets one heck of a surprise for Valentine's Day.

 

Vaughn has wanted to show Carter how much he cares.  This was just a simple way to show how much there is between them.  A way to show he is always on his mind.

 

This was a short and sweet story about real love that overcomes obstacles.  The characters bring much heat and adoration to each page.  I loved the sincerity that came across.  This author combo is always a must click for me, and this proved why.  I give this book a 4/5 Kitty's Paws UP!

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review 2018-01-23 14:15
Doctor De Soto - William Steig

 

For more reviews, check out my blog: Craft-Cycle

Such a well-written and enjoyable book. I love this story. It is written in such a simple way, but feels perfectly complete. 

A fun read about outstanding those who want to do you harm.
 
 
 

 

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