Jennie Pickett uses homeopathic medicine to help others. She longs to be a doctor, something uncommon in the 1800’s. In order to achieve her dream, she would need to overcome a number of obstacles: an abusive husband, her gender, and dyslexia. Her husband and family do not encourage her, and her husband’s poor choices cause her to pursue unexpected options just to get by. Will her own decisions allow her to live out her dreams, or is it as impossible as others believe?
The story starts out quite slowly, but the pace does pick up a bit as the story unfolds. However, it was hard for me to stay engaged. Kirkpatrick obviously did her research with this book, as it blends in historical events and real people. Jennie is a strong and determined heroine. At the core, this story focuses on overcoming challenges, never losing hope, and love.
This is the first book I’ve read by Kirkpatrick. It was not my favorite, but I’d be willing to check out other books by this author in the future. There is a cast of characters listed at the beginning which notes the ones based on real people. There is also a list of herbs and oils included at the end which may be of interest to the reader, particularly as there is a growing popularity for essential oils.
One of my favorite quotes from the story is: “Dreams delayed are not always dreams destroyed.”
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book as part of the Revell Reads blogger program. I wasn’t required to leave a positive review.