The Gilded Hour

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In The Gilded Hour, Sara Donati creates two highly unconventional, main characters: Anna and Sophie. These young women are unmarried physicians living in New York in 1883, one of whom is the daughter of free colored people. Although raised by a rather unusual and forward-thinking extended family, the society in which these two cousins live and work has little concept of women’s or minority rights or concern for the well beings of orphans. This same male-dominated society also supports the entrapment and incarceration of doctors for providing abortions or contraception education to female patients who desperately seek both. These elements alone could provide ample fodder for an excellent novel, but Donati adds a significant element of romance and a challenging mystery to her well-researched historical fiction. The result is is an irresistible page turner.

Donati is also the author of the international bestselling Wilderness series. Indeed, Anna and Sophie are the descendants of the characters in that series. In any case, readers both familiar and unfamiliar with her earlier work should eagerly seek out The Gilded Hour.


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Author Sara Donati
Star Count 5/5
Format Hard
Page Count 752 pages
Publisher Berkley 
Publish Date 2015-Sep-01
ISBN 9780425271810
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Issue February 2016
Category Historical Fiction
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