Thursday, September 23, 2010

Adrienne McDonnell; The Doctor and the Diva

  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books (July 22, 2010)


It is 1903. Dr. Ravell is a young Harvard-educated obstetrician with a growing reputation for helping couples conceive. He has treated women from all walks of Boston society, but when Ravell meets Erika-an opera singer whose beauty is surpassed only by her spellbinding voice-he knows their doctor-patient relationship will be like none he has ever had.

After struggling for years to become pregnant, Erika believes there is no hope. Her mind is made up: she will leave her prominent Bostonian husband to pursue her career in Italy, a plan both unconventional and risky. But becoming Ravell's patient will change her life in ways she never could have imagined.

Lush and stunningly realized, The Doctor and the Diva moves from snowy Boston to the jungles of Trinidad to the gilded balconies of Florence. This magnificent debut is a tale of passionate love affairs, dangerous decisions, and a woman's irreconcilable desires as she is forced to choose between the child she has always longed for and the opera career she cannot live without. Inspired by the author's family history, the novel is sensual, sexy, and heart-stopping in its bittersweet beauty.

My Review

I am trying to figure out how to write a fair review for this because the writing was excellent and this idea behind the plot was original and I am sure lots of people would have enjoyed this. The first half was awesome I couldn't wait to see what happened next.  Infidelity, low morals and loose judgement was a major part in this book. Though I know that type of read is not for everyone it started to tell a great story. It's not a YA and I don't want anyone to confuse this as so.

   Have you read a book that you liked so much then something so wrong happened that you just couldn't do anything but have dislike for the whole book even though most of the book was awesome? Well that's what happened for me. I am a mother and a wife and though I don't believe in cheating and all the crazy things that happened in this but I can enjoy the story that is told. Crazy is just part of life. That is until a mother can up and leave her own child it was horrifying to me. The way it happened was painful. I just couldn't believe a mother would be that selfish as to worry about a career then her own child. No matter how or why she got pregnant.

Unfortunately This was not my type of book. Well it was until that part with the mother leaving her child. Anyhoo I don't know If I could recommend this to anyone with out telling you how I really felt.  I would read more writing from Adrienne McDonnell because she was able to hit the era and had a way with words. I try not to let one infraction deter me from something that could be great.

You can visit Adrienne McDonnell here.


TheBookGirl said...

I appreciate your honest review!
Earlier this year I read a book that I absolutely loved, and then something happened in the last quarter of the book that made me hate the whole thing :(, so I know exactly what you mean. It's very frustrating!

Blodeuedd said...

Always good to be honest, and I get your reasons why this book wasn't all it could have been.

Btw, those flower things kind of goes into the text sometimes

Juju at Tales of said...

Bummer. I can totally understand your perspective. Thanks for your honesty and take.

Kimberly Franklin said...

I love your honesty here. Thanks!

justpeachy36 said...

Nothing like an honest review. I appreciate that you would still be willing to read other books by the same author though. If something really turns me off in a book, I find it hard to go back to that author again...

Janet Johnson said...

Interesting review. I appreciate the honesty. I've totally been there . . . completely turned off by the story, even though the writing is excellent and for the most part enjoyable.

Melissa said...

I'm glad to hear the era rang true and the writing is great! :)

Nina said...

Thank you for your honest review. It does not sounds like my kind of read. :)

ps: I do adore your layout! Super duper!

Faye said...

I've recently read a book like this...great plot & writing then...blah. TThis book doesn't sound like something i read.Great Review!