Adventure Between the Pages: With Every Breath

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Age Appropriate For: 16 and up for romance and thematic elements,  
Best for Ages: 16 and up

Description: In the shadow of the nation's capital, Kate Livingston holds a respectable position as a government statistician when she encounters a rival from her past, the insufferable Trevor McDonough. A Harvard-trained physician, Trevor never showed the tiniest flicker of interest in Kate, and she's bewildered at the way he suddenly seeks her out. Surprising even herself, Kate agrees to Trevor's entirely unexpected and risky proposal to work side-by-side with him in his quest to rid the world of tuberculosis, a contagious and deadly disease.
As Kate begins to unlock the mysteries of Trevor's past, she realizes there is much more to him than she could have imagined. His hidden depths may fascinate her, but his most closely guarded secrets and a shadowy enemy lurking in the background carry a serious threat to their future.
When the truth of the past comes out, threatening to destroy everything they hold dear, how will Trevor and Kate ever overcome all that stands in their way?

I am always impressed by the diversity of Camden’s characters. There are very few of them that are alike in any way, and each of them has unique backstories and problems. With Every Breath introduced two people who have been competing with each other since they were in school. This story plunges you into the world of fighting tuberculosis, which makes it intriguing from the very beginning.

While I enjoyed the story, there were two drawbacks for me. First was the whole scene where Kate found Trevor with his shirt off.  It could have been just a funny accident that was quickly over with, but it was drawn out to the point it felt dirty. The second was a personal taste thing: I just find it irritating when gown people are arguing like children. It was part of what made the characters who they were, but they did not endear themselves to me.

I really enjoyed the hospital where people are working so hard to fight a disease that, at the point this book was set, was not understood and was greatly feared. Put this in Washington DC and add a political angle, and things really come to life. The settings really make Camden’s books stand out from the crowd.

While Kate and Trevor were not my favorite characters that Camden has written, they felt very real. I did really appreciate how complicated their romance was and how it was resolved. Kate wants to love but is afraid when things get hard. She has to learn not to let fear control her.

I highly recommend this book to those who love historical fiction, romance, and superb writing.

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  1. Ah! I've been wanting to read "With Every Breath" -- mostly because I'm drawn into the historical and medical aspects of the story concerning TB. Thank you for bringing to light your thoughts on the book.