Monday, August 18, 2014

With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden

book review of With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden (Bethany House) by papertapepins

In the shadow of the nation's capital, Kate Livingston's respectable life as a government worker is disrupted by an encounter with the insufferable Trevor McDonough, the one man she'd hoped never to see again. A Harvard-trained physician, Trevor never showed the tiniest flicker of interest in Kate, and business is the only reason he has sought her out now. 

Despite her misgivings, Kate agrees to Trevor's risky proposal to join him in his work to find a cure for tuberculosis. As Kate begins to unlock the mysteries of Trevor's past, his hidden depths fascinate her. However, a shadowy enemy lies in wait and Trevor's closely guarded secrets are darker than she ever suspected.

As revelations from the past threaten to destroy their careers, their dreams, and even their lives, Trevor and Kate find themselves in a painfully impossible situation. With everything to lose, they must find the strength to trust that hope and love can prevail over all.

By far the best book by Elizabeth Camden so far, this book is a joy to read! It's an interesting journey into the difficult and terrible, seemingly unconquerable search for a cure for tuberculosis at the end of the 19th century. It was a major killer in big cities at that time and patients had at best a 10% chance of a cure if they were rich enough to hightail it to a sanatorium high up in the Alps.

Dr Trevor McDonough is a doctor on a mission to find a cure and is a pioneer in his field of research with brings with it both heartache and risk but he is determined not to stop until he finds a cure. When he opens a tuberculosis ward with his new ideas he invites Kate, his old rival from school days to join him and work with him to tally the stats on how well his treatment ideas are working on his patients. 

I loved every bit of this book, from the work at the hospital, to Kate's family at the boardinghouse, to the changes in Trevor throughout the book, and the banter back and forth between him and Kate keeps things from getting too dark and gloomy even with the heavy topic of tuberculosis. I appreciate that although Trevor comes out of his shell somewhat, he doesn't become an entirely different person, but that Kate begins to be able to understand him better. Neither of them are perfect by the end of the book. The romance is sweet, but it is not the entire, overwhelming focus of the book. It happens very naturally. It's a clean, sweet historical romance that I had difficulty putting down and didn't want to end. It's the best book I've read this year so far.

I received this book from Bethany House for the purpose of an honest review. My opinion is my own. Thank you Bethany House!


  1. Elizabeth Camden
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    Elizabeth Camden

    Elizabeth Camden is the award-winning author of four books, including Against the Tide (2012), winner of a RITA Award, Christy Award, and Daphne du Maurier Award. With a master's in history and a master's in library science, she is a research librarian by day...
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