Really enjoyed the characters in this book.
Very fitting that I read this book over the International Women's Day weekend. Although narrated by Margaret, the star and central character is her grandmother Charlie Kate. What a woman! Never back down; never settle for just any man; never give in to pressure; and always believe your decisions are right were her guiding principles, and the ones she tried to instill in her daughter and granddaughter. I couldn't stop reading about this turn of the century self-taught healer, midwife, surgeon, and every page rewarded me with some new eye-opening reason to be in awe of Charlie Kate. The title refers to a charm given to her by a lynched man she revived by rubbing his throat until he could take a breath. This happened early in her career as an unpapered doctor, and throughout the rest of her life she faced challenge after challenge, both professional and personal, fearlessly. She guided the lives of her daughter and granddaughter firmly, only letting up when she felt they were on their right tracks. A woman long before her time, she was definitely a force to be reckoned with.
Three generations of women work together as a medical team. The women have interesting personalities and views of life during the early years of WWII. Interesting to sit back and absorb how the women deal with the social situations, life struggles and each other.
Wonderful strong characters and story; loved the book.
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