This book was given to me free, by Bethany House, in exchange for an honest review, so, I will say the information about the process of water filtration systems for cities and water chlorination’s history, was well-researched and interesting enough to make me want to find out more about Dr. John Lael. 3 stars for that. She did a good job of telling about the pioneering efforts of male scientists in the area of providing clean water for Americans.
I did like learning as much as was available, about Dr. Leal and his work. God willing, I’m planning to learn more about that. John Laing Leal was a physician and water treatment expert who, in 1908, was responsible for conceiving and implementing the first disinfection of a U.S. drinking water supply using chlorine. (wikipedia)
1 star for the relationship between Nick and Rosalind. It was superficial, IMO, and uninteresting to me, and I found myself skimming past the descriptions of restless, fluttering love between the two, in order to read more about how cities tried several methods of delivering clean water to large cities. He had a bad temper, she was bland, and the story about her brother Gus and his wife was more interesting than the plot around Rosalind and Nick.
The majority of the book was more like a textbook which was fine with me, but I was hoping for more depth about the lives of the characters. One of her best novels was The Rose of Winslow Street, I recommend that.
As for mentions of God, Jesus, or the bible, there was very little of that. I remember one sentence. One reviewer recalled more mentions, but as for this being a truly CHRISTIAN historical fiction book, I’d say it’s shallow at best.
I’m not interested in reading any follow ups to this book. I see by the other reviews I’m not alone.
I received this book mentioned above for free in the hope that I would mention it on my blog.