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Across a Broken Shore

November 4, 2019


I am so glad I had the chance to read this wonderful book for many reasons.


One – I love San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge.  The history throughout the books was great even though I have been to the bridge and read all the information around the iconic bridge.  It was wonderful to read it from the workers and families point of view.


Two – A strong female character that wanted to help everyone and to make her family proud of her.


Three – History.  The book is set in 1936 during the great depression.


Four - A new author for me to explore.


So thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for the chance to read Amy Trueblood’s great story.


The book is in Wilhelmina “Willa” MacCarthy point of view at 18-year-old young Irish Catholic girl with dreams.  But her dreams and her parent's dreams are totally different, she is very interested in the human body and medicine where her very catholic parents want her to follow in the families footsteps and become a Nun.

One day her dream of medicine comes a bit closer when she meets a female doctor Katherine Winston, Dr Winston is impressed with her knowledge and offers her a job in her clinic.  But how can she do something her family would not allow.  This is the start of the good catholic girl lies, lies to find her dream to help others and become a useful member of her community.  But it has to be done without her family knowing a thing.


Willa and Dr Winston find themselves working in the field hospital at the Gate Bridge sit where she will meet Sam a young man in need of help for his cousin.  A friendship will form with the two as they both get involved in helping a young family living a makeshift camp.


Can Willa keep her duty to her family or will she strive to become a doctor?


I am so pleased that women in this century have more respect, opinions, choices, education and careers than the woman of this time.  Even with faith to just send your daughters to a convent where they have to follow the strict rules is almost like losing them all together all in the name of family honour.


"I was tired of being invisible.

Tired of being a ghost."


This is a fast-paced totally engrossing story that will give you so much to think about as you read as well as so much joy as you learn the family dynamics of this family.  The author's description during this book was wonderful it had me re-walking on the bridge and around the area of San Francisco.  One of this year's Must-Read Books in my opinion.  This is my honest and voluntary review.


  • File Size: 2265 KB

  • Print Length: 358 pages

  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited

  • Publisher: Flux (November 5, 2019)

  • Publication Date: November 5, 2019

  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC

  • Language: English











The last thing eighteen-year-old Wilhelmina “Willa” MacCarthy wants is to be a nun. It’s 1936, and as the only daughter amongst four sons, her Irish–Catholic family is counting on her to take her vows—but Willa’s found another calling. Each day she sneaks away to help Doctor Katherine Winston in her medical clinic in San Francisco’s Richmond District.


Keeping secrets from her family only becomes more complicated when Willa agrees to help the doctor at a field hospital near the new bridge being built over the Golden Gate. Willa thinks she can handle her new chaotic life, but as she draws closer to a dashing young ironworker and risks grow at the bridge, she discovers that hiding from what she truly wants may be her biggest lie of all.





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