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The Gilded Hour

Written by: Sara Donati
Narrated by: Cassandra Campbell
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The internationally best-selling author of Into the Wilderness makes her highly anticipated return with a remarkable epic about two female doctors in 19th-century New York and the transcendent power of courage and love.

The year is 1883, and in New York City it's a time of dizzying splendor, crushing poverty, and tremendous change. With the gravity-defying Brooklyn Bridge nearly complete and New York in the grips of antivice crusader Anthony Comstock, Anna Savard and her cousin, Sophie - both graduates of the Woman's Medical School - treat the city's most vulnerable, even if doing so may put everything they've strived for in jeopardy.

Anna's work has placed her in the path of four children who have lost everything, just as she herself once had. Faced with their helplessness, Anna must make an unexpected choice between holding on to the pain of her past and letting love into her life.

For Sophie, an obstetrician and the orphaned daughter of free people of color, helping a desperate young mother forces her to grapple with the oath she took as a doctor - and thrusts her and Anna into the orbit of Comstock, a dangerous man who considers himself the enemy of everything indecent and of anyone who dares to defy him.

With its vivid depictions of old New York and its enormously appealing characters, The Gilded Hour is a captivating, emotionally gripping novel that proves Sara Donati is an author at the height of her powers.

©2015 Sara Donati (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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this book did not end..even when it ended

It's a well researched and interesting story BUT none of the plot wrapped up!!. None of the mystery and suspense that this very LONG drawn out book was inching towards, wrapped up! what happens to Cap? what happened to the little boy? who was the murderer? I just finished it and am feeling ripped off. unless you intend to committ to the whole series, don't bother with this book. it's like the whole book is the first chapter to the story. ugggggg I have to use another credit and committ another 50 hrs just to find out what happens and make the last 4 months of listening, worth my time. if it wasn't such a good story (which it was) I wouldn't care but come on! it was just too damn long not to have an ending.

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Very good plot, but reader a bit slow

Very good plot as usual for Sara Donati, but I assume the answer of the intrigue will be in the second book cause it's in not concluded at the end of this one. The reader is good for characters voices but she reads too slowly, really. But overall a good I had a good time listening !

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too many loose ends

the story was great...until the end. way too many loose ends. I was really disappointed.

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Is there a sequel?

Every plot was left outstanding. I went back and listened to the last 5 chapters because I thought I had missed something.

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The Gilded Hour Hour

A very industrious book set in the 1800’s. It is focused on the plights of women in that age. I read it quickly because I couldn’t stop. I can’t imagine how difficult it was for women, especially those who challenged the mores of the times. Excellent research and narration.

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BORING!

Achingly boring and I could not finish it! In fact I didn't even make it to halfway in spite of my best efforts.

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