October 5, 2011
Rating: 4 Cups
Carrie Scott was engaged to a man who died before they could marry. Rather than risk ending up back on the marriage block, she still wears her mourning black, but her spirit longs for freedoms that society will never grant her. What is wrong with wanting to run barefoot through a park with your hair streaming behind you? In an attempt to cure her wandering thoughts and restless spirit, she seeks help from her brother’s friend who is now a doctor, Matthew Gibson.
Dr. Matthew Gibson has long admired the beautiful younger sister of his friend. When she asks him to treat her “female hysteria,” he is tempted to risk everything for a chance to touch her. Will his daring reap rewards that neither could have dared imagine? Or is it a mistake…
Secondary characters, like Carrie’s family, keep this story going as they heighten the conflict in this intriguing historical story. Carrie is forced to choose between that which is expected of her and that which she desires. And the medical treatment of “hysteria” at the time was enough to awaken almost anyone’s passionate nature…
Having recently read about the medical opinion at the time and how they treated this common female ailment (hysteria could be defined as anything from restless thoughts to depression), I was thrilled to see how the author would handle this topic. I wasn’t disappointed. O’Hurley crafted a sexy romp that was historically accurate in the mindset at the time if the romance between the main characters seemed a bit dramatized in their emotional involvement. The passion was believable and literally leapt off the page. A fun read on a fascinating topic.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance and More