• The Surgeon's Daughter

  • By: Audrey Blake
  • Narrated by: Susan Lyons
  • Length: 13 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (325 ratings)

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The Surgeon's Daughter

By: Audrey Blake
Narrated by: Susan Lyons
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Publisher's Summary

Nora Beady, the only female student at a prestigious medical school in Bologna, is a rarity. In the 19th century women are expected to remain at home and raise children, so her unconventional, indelicate ambitions to become a licensed surgeon offend the men around her. Under constant scrutiny, Nora's successes are taken for granted; her mistakes used as proof that women aren't suited to the field.  

Everything changes when she allies herself with Magdalena Morenco, the sole female doctor on staff. Together the two women develop a groundbreaking surgery: the Cesarean section. It's a highly dangerous procedure and the research is grueling, but even worse is the vitriolic response from men. Most don't trust the findings of women, and many can choose to deny their wives medical care.  

Already facing resistance on all sides, Nora is shaken when she meets a patient who will die without the surgery. If the procedure is successful, her work could change the world. But a failure could cost everything: precious lives, Nora's career, and the role women will be allowed to play in medicine.

©2022 Jaima Fixsen, Regina Sirois (P)2022 Recorded Books

Editorial Review

Beyond historical fiction
It has been years since I’ve been on a historical fiction binge, and 2022 has beautifully given me an excuse to jump back in. I recently finished Lessons in Chemistry by Bonnie Garmus and was looking for more female-led, STEM-inspired historical fiction when I found The Surgeon’s Daughter by Audrey Blake (the pseudonym of writing duo Regina Sirois and Jaima Fixsen). Set in the 19th century, the story opens with Nora, who dreams of becoming a licensed surgeon in a time when medicine is for men only. Nora travels from London to Bologna, Italy, where women are allowed to study. She soon discovers that being “allowed” to study has a price. With any mistake (perceived or real) held against her, can Nora prove them all wrong and develop new techniques to improve the groundbreaking cesarean section? I’ve been immersed from the first chapter, savoring each word and rooting for Nora’s success. — Patty C.

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Great finish to The Girl in his Shadow

London in the late 1840’s and a young woman who was born to be a doctor— against all odds.
Great characters take this story to its destination.

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Excellent story and writing

I’m not sure the cover does this book justice. A thoroughly engrossing read. Not for the squeamish. Thank you for this wonderful story.

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Women surgeon in the 19 century

Excellent story about women in the medical field in the 19th century who dare to study as surgeons.

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Unexpected greatness

I generally do not choose historic fiction, but enjoyed this book so much! I was fascinated by the development of medicine at that time that this story touches on as the backdrop to Eleanor Beady’s struggle to become a surgeon at a time when women were not allowed to do so. The performance was wonderful also.

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Excellent

Just as good as the first book. And so we’ll read by the narrator. I wished it would never end.

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Exceptional!

loved it! Takes you to the 1800's and the struggle of exceptional women to be valued and respected as professionals in the medical community.Such an emotional story The narrator made each character come alive.

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Such a delight

I loved the first book read by Susan Lions and I raced to the second book. I love the story and the characters and how everything was described. I want more!

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Great historical fiction

I was hooked from 20 minutes into book 1. A great "woman overcoming the sexism of her times historical fiction" story. I'm a man and enjoyed it very much. Not overly romantic at all. My only complaint is finding this 2 books in. I prefer not to start unfinished series, but seem do stumble into them unawares constantly. I suppose without good reviews and sales the series wouldn't get finished, so waiting is a necessity.

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Excellent in many way.

This book was well thought out, well written, and well performed. I learned a lot about the medical world in the mid-1800s and look forward to reading other books by the same author.

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Great story woven in with medical themes

If you are from a medical background or enjoy medical drama you will like this book. This book of fiction was likely all.too real for women of the mid 19th century.