PO Box 91869, Austin, TX 78709
Rating: 4 Cups
Francis Nettleton does not know what is wrong with him. He feels things more strongly and also feels the feelings of others. Some think he is crazy. He does himself sometimes.
Katherine Spencer is an empath, but has only recently come to that conclusion. She has had to suffer through depression and mood swings and the efforts of the mental health community before coming to the correct conclusion and treatment.
Through the experiences of two people who live over three hundred years apart, the author tells the story of how an empath was misdiagnosed by the experts of the time and their struggles to overcome their troubles and live a normal life. This story has elements of the paranormal, suspense, romance, and mystery and is historically accurate in the descriptions of treatment of mental illness both in the present and three hundred years ago.
This is a thought provoking novel that is very difficult to put down. The two main characters are very sympathetic, and the reader will feel their struggles and torments. The subplot involving Gilbert Bond is fascinating and heartbreaking at the same time. It is also a very accurate depiction of how the mentally ill were treated in the past, sad to say. This is not a quick read, but it is well worth setting aside some quality time for such a good story. There is definitely something for everyone in Francis and Katherine’s stories.
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