disclaimer: I received this as a free download from storycartel.com in return for an honest review.
First of all, I found the cover misleading. The guy on the book cover looks like someone straight out of an Austen romance, but no, this is neither the time period nor the genre.
While the writing did have its occasional nice lines, the book read as if it was written by someone not at home with the English language. There were many grammatical mistakes and spelling and usage problems. I was not surprised to learn that the author in not a native-English speaker, I was surprised that she didn't opt for a better editor.
The biggest problem with the book, however, was the total lack of interest I had in the characters. I found the opening paragraph to be grating, and the entire story was more in the mode of telling rather than showing, so that it was very hard to care about the characters. While the book was a quick read, neither the characters nor the story seemed well-developed. Dialog was stilted, sometimes incidentals were described in greater detail and emotion than more important scenes and incidents and even if the story was based on truth, some of it seemed totally unrealistic. A seventeen-year-old med student interning in wards? Maybe if we knew the country this was taking place in or had some more background that would be easier to accept, but it sounded odd. So did the printing of a book which included excerpts from a diary not written by the author. What publishing house would allow for such a thing? Seems to infringe on copyright and privacy issues...
I only finished the book because I felt obligated to read it to the end for the review. What a shame, because the story looks like something that could have been developed into a more engrossing tale. This book needed serious editing and revising before publication to be all it could have been.