'Some novels just naturally enslave you, and this is one of them ... From the very first pages, we are utterly engaged in what's going to happen to these three people -- they become as close to us as family friends. A brilliant debut novel' WASHINGTON POST 'Amazing ... quite simply, one of the best novels I've read all year' HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEW 'Sumptuous ... explosive ... Read the book now, then place bets on when the movie version will come out' REDBOOK 'Classic storytelling and modern sensibility ... A book to treasure and recommend' BOOKPAGE 'A twisting tale of miscommunication, love, and unrealized dreams' PUBLISHERS WEEKLY 'The strong characterization and lushly descriptive writing will please fans of historical romances' BOOKLIST 'Filled with frank sexuality and astonishing emotional intimacy, THE DOCTOR AND THE DIVA pulls you in and doesn't let go. This haunting and heartbreaking novel flows seamlessly from the medical consulting rooms of Boston to the opera stages of Italy and to the lush plantations of the Caribbean, sweeping you into a riveting story of complex individuals struggling with multi-layered passions and unflagging dreams' LAUREN BELFER, author of CITY OF LIGHT AND A FREE RADIANCE
A breathtakingly epic love story about a young doctor and a beautiful opera singer who pursue their affair to the ends of the earth
This is Adrienne McDonnell's first novel. It was inspired by her ancestor, a woman who deserted her wealthy husband and young son in Boston to pursue her art in Italy. Adrienne has taught literature and fiction writing, and lives in San Francisco.
Some novels just naturally enslave you, and this is one of them . . . From the very first pages, we are utterly engaged in what's going to happen to these three people -- they become as close to us as family friends. A brilliant debut novel - WASHINGTON POSTAmazing . . . quite simply, one of the best novels I've read all year - HISTORICAL NOVELS REVIEWSumptuous . . . explosive . . . Read the book now, then place bets on when the movie version will come out - REDBOOKClassic storytelling and modern sensibility . . . A book to treasure and recommend - BOOKPAGE
In her book-club friendly debut, McDonnell weaves the intriguing tale of an early 20th-century opera singer torn between her career and motherhood. Erika von Kessler, a mezzo-soprano of some regard, and her husband, Peter Myrick, have been trying without success to conceive a child for all six years of their marriage. They seek out the expertise of Dr. Ravell, a Boston obstetrician renowned for his fertility successes. Ravell, mesmerized by Erika's beauty and talent, vows to do anything to help the couple realize their dream of children, even if it means deceiving them, which, of course, it does. Meanwhile, Erika isn't so sure about her desire for motherhood and secretly makes plans to leave her husband and pursue fame in Italy. McDonnell bases the story on her family history and expertly incorporates surprising facts about the history of fertility research into a twisting tale of miscommunication, love, and unrealized dreams. (July) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.