• Where the Light Enters

  • The Gilded Hour, Book 2
  • By: Sara Donati
  • Narrated by: Kate Reading
  • Length: 26 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (772 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From the internationally best-selling author of The Gilded Hour comes Sara Donati's enthralling epic about two trailblazing female doctors in 19th-century New York.

Obstetrician Dr. Sophie Savard returns home to the achingly familiar rhythms of Manhattan in the early spring of 1884 to rebuild her life after the death of her husband. With the help of Dr. Anna Savard, her dearest friend, cousin, and fellow physician she plans to continue her work aiding the disadvantaged women society would rather forget. 

As Sophie sets out to construct a new life for herself, Anna's husband, Detective Sergeant Jack Mezzanotte calls on them both to consult on two new cases: the wife of a prominent banker has disappeared into thin air, and the corpse of a young woman is found with baffling wounds that suggest a killer is on the loose. In New York it seems that the advancement of women has brought out the worst in some men. Unable to ignore the plight of New York's less fortunate, these intrepid cousins draw on all resources to protect their patients. 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 

©2019 Sara Donati (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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Unanswered questions

Over all I'm sorry to say I was disappointed. Like most of you I couldn't wait for this book to get here. I wanted answers to questions like what happened to Tenino, would Anna ever tell Jack she loves him, was Elise & Dr Mcdreamy going to find love, what happened to Dr Booty Call, was something going to happen between Sophie & the new care taker, why was he & his nationality even introduced if their relationship wasn't going to go anywhere, etc etc... The book got wordy with long explanations that didn't need to be so drawn out. There were useless characters introduced or existing characters that weren't developed enough. I feel like Sara had to write this book & just wanted to get it over with. I liked Cassandra Campbell's narration better than Kate Redding. Cassandra's characters voices were more defined, the ascents were better & the women's voices were more feminine & gentle.

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Narrator a huge disappointment

Why, why, why do they change narrators? The Gilded Hour was perfection, the story and the narrator. 31 hrs of Cassandra Campbell, who is my favorite narrator. Why would you take the sequel book, and give it a different narrator. I understand that Kate Reading is a popular narrator, but she has done a horrible job with the narration of this sequel. Her voice reflects no distinction between male and female characters, she doe not reflect the Italian accent of the Mezzanote family, the Irish accent of Oscar Maroney, the New Orleans/French accent of Sophie, all which are key in defining the characters. It has made listening to the sequel such a disappointment. I almost wanted to stop listening to the book, and read the hardcopy, so I could hear the voice of Cassandra Campbell in my head. You would never take a blockbuster movie, and replace all of the main characters in a sequel, so, why would you do it in an audiobook? Even though the content of the story was good, the audiobook was a huge disappointment.

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Why change narrators?

Obviously just started because it was released today, BUT WHY would you change narrators in the middle of a series? Especially when that narrator hasn't listened to the pronunciation of the names in the previous book? Very annoying. I've gotten to know these characters through Cassandra Campbell's voice, and there's nothing wrong with Kate Reading per se, but it's jarring and I would really have preferred they kept Cassandra Campbell.

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New performer is awful.

I loved The Gilded Hour but I’m not even though the first chapter of Where the Light Enters and I am so disappointed by the new narrator. When I pre-ordered the book and saw the change, I hoped it would be because this book was more from Sophie’s view than Anna’s or something like that.

Where is Sophie’s accent? Where is Rosa’s accent?

While the story is off to a good start, just be warned the tone and performance don’t seem to live up to the first audiobook.

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Change in narrator a disappointment

Like many other reviewers, I was disappointed in the change of narrators from Cassandra Campbell (Book One, The Gilded Hour) to Kate Reading for this book. It's a jolt, and hard to listen to after Campbell's execellent narration of book one. I've listened to and enjoyed other Kate Reading narrations, but in this one she seeems to have only one tone and her emphasis is misplaced and repetitive. It's grating and, in my opinion, detracts from the writing and the story.

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A great addition to the series...

I throughly enjoyed this second addition to the series. Informative, good story line, and detailed character development.

I feel the negative commentary about the narration is unwarranted. This book's focus is Sophie and she deserves her own 'voice'. The change in narrator allows for the expanding of her character and Kate does an excellent job.

I eagerly await the next installment.

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Big Mistake

Really am suffering through the narration. I might buy the hard copy and read it out loud my self. Difficult to follow the story and her narration is downright dismal. You guys should take this back and have Ms. Campbell narrate WTLE — trust me it would be a refreshing and worthwhile effort. Who made the decision to pick a different narrator?????? 🤦🏻‍♀️

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Second Book of Series

I listened to the first book of this series, Guilded Hour, and thoroughly enjoyed the story, the characters, history., and the narrator. For this, the second of the series, the narrator was changed. While the narrator was good, the first narrator was so much better for this particular story that I did not enjoy this book, Where the Light Enters, nearly as much. I have no knowledge as to why narrators are changed, but switching narrators in a series has never worked well , in my experience.

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Need a Strong Constitution To Get Through This One

I discovered that many of the 4 and 5 star reviews are NOT reviewing this book, Into the Light or even this series: Waverly Place. Some readers accidently posted reviews for Sara Donati's other series, Into the Wilderness (which I have not read). I based my purchase on the 4.7 rating so now I feel tricked.

I listened to the first book in THIS series called The Golden Hour, several years ago. I found it informative and interesting because of the unique subject matter of dealing with a female doctor in late 19th century New York. It was not a page-turner, but did keep my interest.

This installment, Where the Light Enters, has been a grueling listen so far in the 10 hours I've trudged through. I should've known it was going to be more work than pleasure when the it began with a recitation of a "Primary Characters " synopsis describing in detail, no less than FIFTY-FIVE people, two dogs, and half a dozen locals, neighborhoods and hospitals. Without context, this mile-long list of names -- often difficult to understand foreign names --, various professions and addresses was NOT helpful! It left me confused and tired.

After that cautionary beginning, we are subjected to over two hours of a flat-voiced reading of a series of letters between a handful of the characters from the list (which I assume we were supposed to have memorized). This letter montage was interspersed with readings of newspaper headlines and articles along with detailed police reports about female homicide victims who had apparently been murdered by an abortionist with evil intent.

Perhaps if I had just read the first book and went straight into this one, I might have been able to make sense of it. But since the characters were no longer fresh in my mind, I was lost and confused. I suppose if I printed it out the several pages long list of characters and referenced it multiple times, it might have given me a road map to follow through the messy story telling. But just knowing who in the heck the story was talking about, would not have made being inundated with trivial details and droning descriptions of unimportant elements, any more compelling.

If I can return or exchange this one, I will. Even if I can't, I'm done. There's no way I'm going to force myself through another 20 hours of this just because I bought it. If you read and enjoyed this one, you are made of tougher stuff than I!

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💜 Absolutely phenomenal

I am so confused as to the reviews for this book that are unfavorable. This was an absolutely amazing installment in this series and Kate Reading did a find job. I did have to speed her up because she was sssoooo ssssllloooowww, but once I did it was very cohesive.

Yes, I too absolutely hate having different narrators in a series. However, this series is so well written that I knew I would continue on despite that. So, what I did was to put a huge gap between listening to The Gilded Hour and Where the Light Enters. Nine months actually. So for me, the different narrator wasn’t an issue because I didn’t have the previous voices in my mind, but the story was still close enough to be recalled. I would highly recommend anyone to do the same because the story is totally worth it.

This is an ongoing story in a series. So we don’t always get neatly tied up answers. We did get pretty much the closure we were looking for from the last book, and definitely some teasers that make us anxiously anticipate the next one. (Little Birds, which is supposed to be a bridge between The Wilderness series and this series)

I feel like anyone who has read a Sara Donati book HAS to know to expect a thoroughly written story! If you’re not a fan of very detailed books then 26 hour books probably aren’t for you.

I am pretty sure I got this in a 2 for 1 sale, however if I had used a whole credit on it I would not have been disappointed. And I’m really picky about what I spend whole credits on.

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  • 08-29-21

A GOOD YARN

I enjoyed the second of these books, but felt the narrator wasn't as good as the first book

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  • Mrs. J. L. Reed
  • 04-23-20

Brilliant as always

I love this author. The characters in her books are like your friends. You care about them and what happens to them. Can’t wait for the next one in the series. Please can we have The Wilderness series here in the UK on audible.

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  • Carolyn Timms
  • 06-06-22

loved this book!

great story, masterfully presented. Such a powerful insight into the lives of women in the 19th century.

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  • 09-11-20

Inspired

I have never strived nor dreamed of being a writer, but novels such as these inspire so much more than I believe I can deliver.
great plot, awesome twist & an even better outcome.