It's 1897 Philadelphia, Eliza Edwards is eighteen years old and preparing for her debut in society. After the death of a loved one, she decides that going down her expected path of searching for a husband and then becoming a mother may not be for her. While visiting the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania, she is inspired and decides to become a doctor. She embarks on a successful career where she is able to help women who would otherwise refuse medical care as they didn't want to be treated by a male doctor. Her journey is supported by a wonderful family including aunts who are also trailblazers.
The Unlocked Path is the well-researched debut novel of author Janis Robinson Daly and was inspired by her own family. As a fan of historical fiction, this story was extremely interesting and satisfying. The characters were all very well-formed and I became very connected to them. I especially liked how real-world events were woven into Eliza's story. This is a story of love, determination, family and friendship, which is the type of book I find especially appealing.
Many thanks to the author and Black Rose Writing for the opportunity to read The Unlocked Path in advance of its publication.
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Publication Date: August 25, 2022.
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