A female doctor attempts to establish a practice in a provincial town.
Anne Elliot (1856-1941) wrote 13 novels, of which this was the first, between 1883 and 1903. Like her protagonist here, she was a doctor’s daughter; the novel’s representation of the plight of a Victorian woman seeking a professional career, though somewhat undermined by its dénouement, is vivid and touching.
“A fresh and clever story….Several of the subordinate characters, though little more than sketches, are vividly drawn, and the whole tone of life in a prosperous, but highly Philistine, provincial town is cleverly caught.” Academy, October 20, 1883
“The writer of this novel is manifestly very much in earnest. There is an unmistakeable reality, a ring of genuine passion, in her complaints of the folly and caprice which deny to her heroine her legitimate career.” Spectator, November 10, 1883
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