When her husband Cap dies of TB in a Swiss sanatorium his widow, Sophie returns to New York City. It is 1884 and, as a doctor, Sophie plans to rebuild her life helping the disadvantaged. Her dearest friend, Anna, also a doctor, enlists her help to find a bankers wife who has disappeared, and solve the mystery of a young female corpse. The women think a killer is on the loose. A vividly written 'heart-warming celebration of human kindness'.
This spellbinding historical epic tells the story of two trailblazing female doctors in nineteenth-century Manhattan. Obstetrician Dr Sophie Savard returns home to the achingly familiar rhythms of Manhattan in the early spring of 1884 to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. With the help of Dr Anna Savard, her dearest friend, cousin, and fellow physician, she plans to continue her work aiding the disadvantaged women society would rather forget. As Sophie sets out to construct a new life for herself, Anna's husband, Detective Sergeant Jack Mezzanotte calls on them both to consult on two new cases- the wife of a prominent banker has disappeared into thin air, and the corpse of a young woman is found with baffling wounds that suggest a killer is on the loose. In New York it seems that the advancement of women has brought out the worst in some men. And Sophie and Anna are soon drawn into a dangerous game of cat and mouse . . .