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- Print Length: 398 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Books We Love Ltd. (January 31, 2014)
- Publication Date: January 31, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00I6KOKL6
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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Although Celia is headstrong and dreams women (like her) will one day be admitted into the hallowed halls of the Royal Society of Surgeons, she could not, in her wildest dreams, have believed a chance encounter with a viscount would see her attending (in disguise) at a lecture given by Robert Hooke: an eminent scientist of his day. What transcends from that momentous occasion and her frequent visits to the Palace of Whitehall as a healer, leads on to romance and momentary untold wealth she fears will taint and destroy her peace of mind. Worse, a decision that will change her life forever becomes the greatest step she has ever had to face. Can she step across the social divide, or is it safer to remain in the darker realm of The Barbers. All in all there’s a touch of Cinderella in this story, bar for the fact Celia’s hearth mother is kindly and her father is a bigamist. With touches of humour, heart-rending events and much soul-searching for the heroine, there is no rose-tinted perspective here. The reader smells, sees and steps alongside Celia through 17th century London.
"The Barbers: A Tale Most Curious and Rare" It most certainly is!
Pym's use of language and descriptions of 1600's London pull you right into the story.
The characters are wonderfully quirky and nicely developed and believable. Most remarkable was the amount of research the author conducted into the various herbs, tinctures, and practices (both good and evil) of the healing arts of the time. I liked how the heroine demonstrated the strength and courage to maneuver among the prejudices against women healers and surgeons. She dreams big - one day hoping to be accepted into the Royal Society of Surgeons. Her skill takes her from the streets of London into the Palace of Whitehall where her talents overcome her lower rank and allows her to hobnob with the nobility. It is there that she falls in love, but faces a life altering decision.
This is not the first novel by Katherine Pym that I have read, and it definitely won't be the last. Why? Because she is able to take historical details and with great accuracy, weaves them into a enjoyable read! Her characters tug at the heart, her scenery so real you feel transported. Highly recommended!
There were scenes in the novel in which I felt that the author went into too much detail. I would have liked to see more narrative. But everything considered, it was a great read, one that held my interest throughout.