This was an interesting time slip novel that ties both time periods together in the end. The characters were well written with situations that could relate to the modern reader. Meri runs from her hometown and family after “flunking” out of medical school. For generations those from her family have completed medical school and become practicing doctors. Meri has no interest in that field but her parents are pushing her to it.
In 1878 Memphis a terrible yellow fever outbreak has occurred and well to do residents are fleeing as fast as they can pack up. Left are the poor and African American families. Nuns, priests and caring volunteers are there to help those in need. Supplies are short because of store and shop owners boarding up and also leaving. Their only resources are abandoned gardens and the occasional supply ship.
Interestingly Jillian, a genealogist in modern time, researches Meri’s family from several generations back and comes up with information that might help her situation. But determined as her family seems to be, what will happen if or when they find her?
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour Publishing and was under no obligation to post a review.