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Immortality: A Love Story

NYT Bestselling author Dana Schwartz, brings us a bingeable follow-up to her wildly popular Anatomy: A Love Story

 


I was excited to read this as I really enjoyed Anatomy and couldn't wait to see what was next for Hazel! A mix of gothic historical fiction, mystery, romance, fantasy elements, and a secret society with some famous members--this was fun!


Edinburgh 1818: Hazel is missing Jack and has no idea if he is alive or dead. She is treating patients and trying to keep Hawthorne Castle from falling into ruin when she is falsely accused of murder by a patient. Jailed and expecting to rot in prison, Hazel is shocked when she is explicitly requested to treat King George III's granddaughter, battling a mysterious illness. Hazel finds herself at court and in another kind of danger.


Despite her many obstacles and dangers, Hazel is a trailblazer pursuing her dream of becoming a surgeon, and I love books featuring trailblazing women! Hazel is a relatable and strong female MC. And there are other memorable characters in this, particularly the other trailblazer, Princess Charlotte, and a scene-stealing Lord Byron. I can't say more without major spoilers, but readers will find some intriguing twists throughout this book. Schwartz's writing was engaging and kept me invested. Atmospheric, with an intriguing plot and fantasy threads woven throughout, this is a satisfying conclusion to Hazel's story. If you enjoyed Anatomy, you will want to pick this up!


Also, the covers of the books in this duology are both clever and stunning!


Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press Wednesday Books for this ARC.


My Steep was Tower of London blend from Harney and Sons, a mix of black and oolong teas with vanilla, caramel, black currant, bergamot, and honey flavors.


SYNOPSIS:

Hazel Sinnett is alone and half-convinced the events of the year before—the immortality, Beecham’s vial—were a figment of her imagination. She doesn’t even know whether Jack is alive or dead. All she can really do now is treat patients and maintain Hawthornden Castle as it starts to decay around her.


When saving a life leads to her arrest, Hazel seems doomed to rot in prison until a message intervenes: She has been specifically requested to be the personal physician of Princess Charlotte, the sickly daughter of King George IV. Soon Hazel is dragged into the glamor and romance of a court where everyone has something to hide, especially the enigmatic, brilliant members of a social club known as the Companions to the Death.


As Hazel’s work entangles her more and more with the British court, she realizes that her own future as a surgeon isn't the only thing at stake. Malicious forces are at work in the monarchy, and Hazel may be the only one capable of setting things right.


Immortality: A Love Story is the eagerly anticipated sequel to Dana Schwartz's bestselling gothic romance, Anatomy: A Love Story.




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