Is Love Worth the Risk of Pain and Loss? Review of “With Every Breath” by Elizabeth Camden

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“…it takes a higher type of courage to fight a losing rather than a winning fight.”  A great novel is premised on a universal truth such as this.  These words were written by Dr. Edward Livingston Trudeau, the man whose memoir inspired Elizabeth Camden’s latest book, “With Every Breath,” a novel that perfectly balances entertainment with historical and spiritual depth.  As with all of Ms. Camden’s novels, the characters in this book are relatable and dynamic, the dialogue is witty and the plot is well-developed and absorbing.  There’s a strong element of mystery and intrigue, as main character Dr. Kendall fights to find a cure for tuberculosis despite the costs-including his own health and relationships- while at the same time defending his reputation against an anonymously-led smear campaign that’s clearly meant to end his career.  The competitive nature of his relationship with the other main character, Kate Livingston, adds humor, romance and that ‘true-to-life’ element to this story when the two must decide if love is worth the risk of pain and loss and if faith is enough when there are no easy answers.  I took away from this book a deep appreciation for those in the medical field who sacrifice their time, their health and sometimes their lives in the quest for finding cures for others.  On that note, I also appreciate Elizabeth Camden as a truly gifted author whose work is always well-researched and historically accurate just as much as it is entertaining.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review from Bethany House Publishers.  I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.

 

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