Wrapped in the Stars by Elena Mikalsen
This novel is an unexpected romance laced with a little bit of science, and placed in a stunning setting. Dual timelines follow two women with a mysterious connection. I love the magical elements because they swirl the mystery as the tale is spun about two female physicians. Susanna Kearsley’s novels come to mind right away as you read the opening pages.
The contemporary physician, Maya, gets lost one day in Edinburgh, Scotland. This sets in motion a journey to France, Switzerland, and eventually back to her home in New York City. But as she travels in search of the story behind the ring she bought in Scotland, the reader gets a peek at the woman who received that ring almost 100 years before during the first world war. Unwittingly, the women have more in common than either could imagine.
The pacing is great, the setting is stunning, and the female leads make me second guess my decision not to apply to medical school 25 years ago. (not really, but I did think about it) I think you’ll enjoy this read which explores WWI and the Bolshevik Revolution from the perspective of the Swiss as well as Russian-Jewish students in Bern at the time. This refreshing viewpoint sets the story apart and makes it worth your while. Plus, there are some swoony moments you won’t want to miss as both women strive for a balance between love and careers in a profession dominated by men. 4.5 stars
Content: not too much language, a couple sex scenes – not too graphic
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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