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Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard

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“A fantastic work of historical fiction. If I could have scored it higher than five stars, I would have.” –ReaderViews.com

“Beauty is power,” Dr. Rome told her. “And with enough power, one can achieve anything.”

Straightening noses, trimming eyelids, lifting jowls … In the year 1907, his revolutionary beauty surgery is considered daring, perhaps dangerous. Still, women want what Dr. Rome promises.

Neither is his young assistant, Abigail Platford, immune to Dr. Rome’s persuasive charm. Abigail once dreamed of becoming a doctor, though of a much different sort. That dream ended with her father’s tragic death from a medical error for which she holds herself responsible. But Dr. Rome, who proudly displays his medical degree from Johns Hopkins, seems to believe in her. If he were willing to act as her mentor, might there still be a chance to fulfill her dream of someday becoming a doctor serving New York City’s poor?

But something feels terribly wrong, as though an insidious evil is closing in. Broken promises, lies, and intrigues abound. The powerful are threatening to destroy the weak, and a doctor’s sacred duty hangs in the balance. Abigail no longer knows who to believe; but with Dr. Rome now her mentor and her lover, she desperately wants to trust him.

Even when she discovers that one of their patients has mysteriously disappeared.

From bestselling author Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard, a suspenseful work of historical fiction grounded in the social and moral issues of the Edwardian era in America. Finalist, Eric Hoffer Book Award (2018). Re-edited Second Edition with Author’s Preface.

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The Beauty Doctor

Elizabeth Hutchison Bernard is the author of bestselling historical novels. Her 2023 release, SISTERS OF CASTLE LEOD: A Novel (Book 1 of Historic Women of the Highlands), is Winner of the 2023 Maxy Award for Historical and Adventure Fiction and an Editors’ Choice of the Historical Novel Society. THE SEAFORTH HEIRESS: LADY OF THE LAST PROPHECY: A Novel (Book 2 of Historic Women of the Highlands) is scheduled for release July 25, 2024.

Elizabeth’s historical novel TEMPTATION RAG was hailed by Publishers Weekly as a “resonant novel . . . about the birth and demise of ragtime . . . in which romance and creative passions abound.” Her historical mystery-thriller THE BEAUTY DOCTOR (2017, 2024) was a finalist for the prestigious Eric Hoffer Book Award. The book’s re-release in 2024 features a stunning new cover and an Author Preface with insights into social and moral issues of the Edwardian era that frame this shocking fictional story set in the early days of cosmetic surgery.