Book Review: Writer’s Digest
“In The Beauty Doctor, a genre novel by Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard, we are presented with a fine historical tale that veers from recorded history into scientific and almost supernatural considerations that are handled plausibly, deftly, with the real possibilities treated carefully and full of introspective considerations. The title for the novel seems to this reader to be subtle and intriguing, giving readers a sense of the genre and tone as well as a hint of the underlying themes to be addressed in the work to come . . . The narrative is tightly woven and compelling, moving at a fast pace while still allowing the reader to experience a true depth of characterization as they develop a full appreciation of the events as they take place.”
—JUDGE, Fifth Annual Writer’s Digest Self-Published eBook Awards
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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.