Thursday, September 4, 2014

With Every Breath - A Review

What can I say?  I really enjoy fiction, most especially historical fiction.  I stumbled upon Elizabeth
Camden several years ago, and I have devoured every book she has written since.  I couldn't wait for this newest release, and I was not disappointed.  "With Every Breath" follows the lives of Kate and Trevor, dipping back into their earliest of friendships (or, rather, betrayal) leading to present day mixed with a myriad of emotions.

The book is centered around discovering a cure for Tuberculosis. The historical information, trials and errors in treating the disease, and the misery of those afflicted brought the pages to life.  Honestly, I had no idea the horrific magnitude of this disease until reading this novel.  It isn't often that I read the Historical Note in the back of the book, but I wanted to learn more.

This book was filled with Camden's trademarks:  characters with real depth, complexities in everyday life, no simple solutions, yet hopeful.  It was a beautiful novel, I learned a lot, and it touched me deeply.  I'm not sure what else one can hope for when picking up a novel.  Beautiful.