Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard

Book Review: I Smell Sheep

Many thanks to Sharon Stogner of “I Smell Sheep” for giving The Beauty Doctor a five-sheep rating (in case you’re wondering, that’s good!). Here’s a bit of what she says about the book:

“The Beauty Doctor is a fascinating look at early 1900s New York society. The book takes a potent look at class structure, gender equity, and ethical questions of science. Abigail is naïve enough to engage with the duplicitous Dr. Franklin Rome, but self-possessed enough to question his motivation. When Rome partners with an enterprising and questionable investor to create a beauty institute, the novel takes a dark and dramatic turn. The beauty doctor is historical fiction meets macabre thriller.”

Read the entire review at “I Smell Sheep.”

What else are people saying?

“I read The Beauty Doctor and really enjoyed it. Some great research! A fascinating read.”
—MEGAN CHANCE, award-winning author of historical fiction including A Drop of InkThe Visitant: A Venetian Ghost StoryInamorataBone River; and many more  

“The changing role of women in Edwardian society and America’s struggle to define a new morality for the twentieth century are uniquely explored in this memorable and truly original story. Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard has created a stunning cast of characters that will stay with readers for a long time.”
—MARCIA FINE, award-winning author of historical fiction including Paris LambPaper ChildrenThe Blind Eye and Hidden Ones: A Veil of Memories

“An interesting and unexpected story line that will keep readers wanting to know what happens next.”
—JOAN KRON, award-winning filmmaker (“Take My Nose…Please!”); author of Lift: Wanting, Fearing and Having a Facelift; Contributing Editor, Live Box magazine; former Contributing Editor-at-Large, Allure magazine

“As a plastic surgeon and a woman, I was fascinated by this tale that reflects on the early days of cosmetic surgery and the many ways in which human beings search for beauty and purpose in their lives. I loved the story from the very first chapter!”
—LAURIE A. CASAS, MD, Senior Clinical Educator (Plastic Surgery), University of Chicago Pritzer School of Medicine

“I loved The Beauty Doctor! One you don’t want to miss!”

“A thrilling novel. This intriguing story follows Abigail Platford as she works alongside a New York City beauty doctor in 1907, which ultimately makes Abigail question everything she knows.”

“Has all the elements of a great book…intriguing and well-written storyline, and lovely time period. I look forward to reading more books from this author.”

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Buy my historical thriller, The Beauty Doctor!


In the spring of 1907, Abigail Platford finds herself unexpectedly adrift in New York City. Penniless and full of self-doubt, she has abandoned her dream of someday attending medical school and becoming a doctor like her late father. Instead, she takes a minor position in the office of Dr. Franklin Rome, hoping at least to maintain contact with the world of medicine that fascinates her. She soon learns that the handsome and sophisticated Dr. Rome is one of a rare new breed of so-called beauty doctors who chisel noses, pin back ears, trim eyelids and inject wrinkles with paraffin. At first skeptical, she begins to open her mind, and then her heart, to Dr. Rome. But when his partnership with an eccentric collector of human oddities raises troubling questions, Abigail becomes ensnared in a web of treachery that challenges her most cherished beliefs about a doctor’s sacred duty and threatens to destroy all she loves.

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