Shelf Control: “The Gilded Hour”

Good morning, all.

I don’t really have anything new for WWW Wednesday this week … so I’m trying something different.

Shelf Control is hosted by Bookshelf Fantasies. You pick a book you own but haven’t read yet and just write a general post about it, perhaps explain why it’s still on your TBR.

My first Shelf Control pick is “The Gilded Hour” by Sara Donati.

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The year is 1883, and in New York City, it’s a time of dizzying splendor, crushing poverty, and tremendous change. With the gravity-defying Brooklyn Bridge nearly complete and New York in the grips of anti-vice crusader Anthony Comstock, Anna Savard and her cousin Sophie—both graduates of the Woman’s Medical School—treat the city’s most vulnerable, even if doing so may put everything they’ve strived for in jeopardy.

Anna’s work has placed her in the path of four children who have lost everything, just as she herself once had. Faced with their helplessness, Anna must make an unexpected choice between holding on to the pain of her past and letting love into her life.

For Sophie, an obstetrician and the orphaned daughter of free people of color, helping a desperate young mother forces her to grapple with the oath she took as a doctor—and thrusts her and Anna into the orbit of Anthony Comstock, a dangerous man who considers himself the enemy of everything indecent and of anyone who dares to defy him.

Hubby got me this book last Christmas – along with Virginia Baily’s “Early One Morning”, which I already read and absolutely loved.

I don’t know why I haven’t read “The Gilded Hour” yet. After all, I specifically requested it. Sorry, babe …

I will get to it soon – by the end of the year at the very latest!

Do you have a book that’s collecting dust on your shelf and begging to be read? Please post your Shelf Control link in the comments if you’re participating this week!


4 thoughts on “Shelf Control: “The Gilded Hour”

    • And thank you for following me back! I think one reason I haven’t started it yet is it’s so LONG (and yet I started “Les Miserables” a couple weeks ago and it’s twice as thick!).


      • Haha I totally get it, I haven’t bought it yet because of that same reason. I often struggle with long books and I want to make sure I’m going to enjoy it!!

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  1. This sounds so good! I’ve never read anything by Donati, although I have friends who love her Wilderness (?) series. This one sounds more my speed — the time, the focus on women doctors at a time when the career choice would be unusual… I’ll have to check it out!

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