Mary Sutter is a young midwife who has one dream: to become a surgeon. To pursue this dream Mary travels to Washington D.C. where she helps tend the wounded from the Civil War. Mary meets two surgeons who teach her how to perform small surgeries and amputations. Mary continues to ignore her mother's letters begging Mary to return to help deliver her sisters baby in order to continue doctoring the wounded. Mary becomes a surgeon against all the prejudice against a woman doctor. This book is about Mary's journey becoming a surgeon.
I thought this book was really good. I read this after Gone With the Wind and found the different perspectives on the Civil War interesting, though there wasn't a lot of Civil War opinions in this book because Mary is very focused on becoming a surgeon so most scenes take place in hospitals and medical tents.
I think the book could have been written more beautifully but the story itself was very enjoyable and the ending was great. Overall it was a pretty good book, but I have read better. I hope you join me on Wednesday for a review of The Goldfinch!