For Readers of Tracy Chevalier
“Historical fiction at its best”
Tracy Rees, author of The Rose Garden
In a world made for men, can one woman break free from tradition and walk a new path?
It is 1865, the American Civil War has just ended, and 18-year old Vita Tenney is determined to pursue her lifelong dream of becoming a country doctor like her father. But when her father tells her she must get married instead, Vita explores every means of escape – and finds one in the person of war veteran Jacob Culhane. Damaged by what he’s seen in battle and with all his family gone, Jacob is seeking investors for a fledgling business. Then he meets Vita – and together they hatch a plan that should satisfy both their desires.
But when love starts to compete with ambition, what will come out on top?
From the award-winning author of The Floating Theatre, The Physician’s Daughter is the story of two people trying to make their way in a world that is struggling to escape its past.
WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING
“The Physician’s Daughter is fine historical drama… Every character, down to Vita’s fellow boarding house residents, is intriguing, and the dramatic climax is unexpected.”
– USA Today
“In the proud tradition of female characters from Jo March to Meredith Grey, Vita Tenney takes her place as a determined woman unwilling to let society or her family control her destiny. I was captivated by The Physician’s Daughter. The novel stays with you.”
–Tony Phelan, executive producer of Grey’s Anatomy and Council of Dads
“Conway embeds detailed historical research into a story of living, breathing people, with their own personal tics, joys, and griefs. Vita lives up to her name, and whether she is hiding to read an illicit book, witnessing a medical procedure, or making love, readers share her lived experience.”
– Historical Novel Society
“A keenly observed story about a young woman’s effort to overcome and succeed in male dominated medicine in 1865. Exploring themes of ambition, betrayal, and love, this is a rich and rewarding read.”
– Cara Black, author of Night Flight to Paris
“The Physician’s Daughter is a wonderfully detailed and engrossing journey to another world. I read it in a single day, unable to stop.”
– Sarah Stone, author of Hungry Ghost Theatre
“A riveting read set during the American civil war about a pioneering young woman dead-set on becoming a doctor.”
–Inga Vesper, author of The Long, Long Afternoon
“Vividly realised, and impeccably researched, with a determined female lead.”
–Kayte Nunn, author of The Botanist’s Daughter
–Imogen Hermes Gowar, author of The Mermaid and Mrs Hancock on The Floating Theatre