In this whip-smart and timely novel from acclaimed author Kimmery Martin, two doctors travel a surprising path when they must choose between treating their patients and keeping their jobs.
Georgia Brown’s profession as a urologist requires her to interact with plenty of naked men, but her romantic prospects have fizzled. The most important person in her life is her friend Jonah Tsukada, a funny, empathetic family medicine doctor who works at the same hospital in Charleston, South Carolina and who has become as close as family to her.
Just after Georgia leaves the country for a medical conference, Jonah shares startling news. The hospital is instructing doctors to stop providing medical care for transgender patients. Jonah, a gay man, is the first to be fired when he refuses to abandon his patients. Stunned by the predicament of her closest friend, Georgia’s natural instinct is to fight alongside him. But when her attempts to address the situation result in incalculable harm, both Georgia and Jonah find themselves facing the loss of much more than their careers.
I read Kimmery Martin’s debut, Queen of Hearts (Reviewed December 17, 2017), and really enjoyed it, so I was looking forward to this one. Both books are drawn from her medical background and set in the world of medicine. However, the books are totally different. What I liked about this one is that it showcased discrimination towards LGBTQ and the fallout from baseless accusations. It touches on contemporary moral dilemmas concerning whether this community can be denied medical care. There was a bit of a mystery, too, in determining whether one of the characters had been set up and if so, who did so and why. I especially liked the bond between the two main characters and the support shown. The message toward the end of the book “the antidote for everything is integrity” was appreciated, and I like that message. I don’t think I liked this book quite as much as her debut, but it was still an enjoyable read with a positive message.
My Rating: 4 Stars
HardcoverL 352 pages
Published: February 18, 2020 by Berkley – Us