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Set in London, New York, and San Francisco from the late 19th century through the first decades of the 20th, Domina is the inspiring saga of one woman's personal and professional triumph against the prejudices of her time.
Beautiful and courageous, Samantha Hargrave dares to dream that she will become one of the first female doctors - and surgeons - in America. Born in the slums of London and possessing a special gift for healing, Samantha struggles to enter the all-male medical profession. When her ambition encounters hostile rejection in England, she sails to America, where she meets an eccentric doctor who takes her on as an apprentice. But at the high-profile Astor Ball in New York, Samantha is introduced to the second of the three men who will change her life forever - and love just might interfere with her ambition.
Acclaimed novelist Barbara Wood reveals her remarkable talent by capturing Samantha's indomitable spirit, making Domina a literary triumph.
©2012 Barbara Wood (P)2016 Cherry Hill Publishing, LLC
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Critic Reviews

"Wood creates genuine, engaging characters whose stories are fascinating." (Library Journal)
"It is rare and pleasurable to find a novel that expresses the glories and disgraces of the medical profession from a woman's perspective." (Booklist)
"Wood crafts vivid sketches of women who triumph over destiny." (Publishers Weekly)
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By Cat Mazz on 01-05-17

highly recommend!

About 12 years ago I had read a book called the Blessing Stone by Barbara Wood and fell in love with it. it's been that long since I've read any of her work and welll worth the wait. She once again tells an epic tale of a woman who against all odds manages to find that strength and courage lies within as she triumphs in the face of so much of the adversities one might face during that period in history.

Samantha Hargraves finds love and success while induring a multitude of ignorances and prejudices of the late 1800's, as she never gives up fighting for her dream of becoming one of the first female doctors in history. The story also includes many historical facts by adding knowledge of non fictional characters, places and events of the times which adds so much relevance to the story .

An empowering must read that I am highly recommending to all of my book fanatics out there. And, if you get the chance, be sure to read the Blessing Stone by this author as well...there is even a connection and reference to this story in Domina which was a really nice surprise. Will be reading more of her work ASAP!! She is a very underate author!!

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