Young widow, Kate Livingston, finds herself working for her arch nemesis Trevor McDonough when he offers her a job that will not only pull her out of the mundane government office position she’s been filling but will allow her to use her brain. Weighing the good with the bad, Kate takes the opportunity, only to find herself on a ride that will leave her breathless in With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden.
Synopsis of With Every Breath (From the Publisher)
In the shadow of the nation’s capital, Kate Livingston’s respectable life as a government worker is disrupted by an encounter with the insufferable Trevor McDonough, the one man she’d hoped never to see again. A Harvard-trained physician, Trevor never showed the tiniest flicker of interest in Kate, and business is the only reason he has sought her out now.
Despite her misgivings, Kate agrees to Trevor’s risky proposal to join him in his work to find a cure for tuberculosis. As Kate begins to unlock the mysteries of Trevor’s past, his hidden depths fascinate her. However, a shadowy enemy lies in wait and Trevor’s closely guarded secrets are darker than she ever suspected.
As revelations from the past threaten to destroy their careers, their dreams, and even their lives, Trevor and Kate find themselves in a painfully impossible situation. With everything to lose, they must find the strength to trust that hope and love can prevail over all.
My Thoughts about With Every Breath
With Every Breath introduced me to a “new to me” period/setting in American history, and I loved learning about this time – the people, the places, the behind-the-scenes goings on. The majority of the book takes place in Washington, D.C., in 1891, and it shares the personal struggles of a doctor attempting to find a cure for Tuberculosis.
I was “breathless” as I frantically turned the pages of With Every Breath – eager to find out what happened next in the story. Most of the book moved at a quick but steady pace, and I enjoyed digging into the lives of Kate and Trevor. The characters were well-developed and had believable and relatable backstories. I quickly found myself immersed in their world.
As the tensions grew, I began to anticipate and brainstorm what the resolution might be. I have to say I was let down. The buildup was so great and the resolution was just OK. It was as if we’d climbed this great mountain, reached the peak, and then the view was covered up by clouds. It was still “fun” to be above the clouds, but the lack of a spectacular view was disappointing.
That said, I still enjoyed the story – just wish the ending had been different. (And for what it’s worth, I’m not really sure how I would have preferred the book to end – I just know the actual ending didn’t meet the expectations the build up had created in my mind.)
I give With Every Breath three stars.
Disclosure: I received a free copy of With Every Breath from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review.