This was an awesome book by research librarian and author Elizabeth Camden! I always learn so much from her books and in this novel I learned of some the battles Dr. John L. Leal fought to implement the first disinfection of a U.S. drinking water supply using chlorine. I didn’t realize the risk taken behind these heroes that saved us from waterborne diseases ;). While the history of this gem was great, the fictional part of this drama was just as captivating as Elizabeth weaves a tale of a female doctor whose ideas are not widely accepted not only because she’s a woman but, because chlorine in water sounds deadly! Dr. Rosalind Werner tries to win water Commissioner Nick Drake, from New York city over with her research studies with little success. She is left no choice but to go along with Dr Leal’s plan of secretly starting the chlorine system in New Jersey… without the court’s approval! The main characters were a bit forward for me but, I suppose some people are and we’re in the 1900’s. Great moving story! I don’t always comment on prologues but, this is one of the best beginnings of a novel Ever! It had me from the start to end. Also I always enjoy the author’s notes at the end were she reveals more about the non-fictional characters and aspects of the historical events. All can enjoy this novel but, especially those who love historical romance.
As a biochemist in early 1900s New York, Doctor Rosalind Werner has dedicated her life to the crusade against waterborne diseases. She is at the forefront of a groundbreaking technology that will change the way water is delivered to every household in the city–but only if she can get people to believe in her work.
Newly appointed Commissioner of Water for New York, Nicholas Drake is highly skeptical of Rosalind and her team’s techniques. When a brewing court case throws him into direct confrontation with her, he is surprised by his reaction to the lovely scientist.
While Rosalind and Nick wage a private war against their own attraction, they stand firmly on opposite sides of a battle that will impact far more than just their own lives. As the controversy grows more public and inflammatory and Rosalind becomes the target of an unknown enemy, the odds stacked against these two rivals swiftly grow more insurmountable with every passing day.