The Doctor and the Diva

The Doctor and the Diva

[a Novel]

Book - 2010
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A breathtaking novel of romantic obsession, longing and one woman's choice between motherhood and her operatic calling

It is 1903. Dr. Ravell is a young Harvard-educated obstetrician with a growing reputation for helping couples conceive. He has treated women from all walks of Boston society, but when Ravell meets Erika-an opera singer whose beauty is surpassed only by her spellbinding voice-he knows their doctor-patient relationship will be like none he has ever had.

After struggling for years to become pregnant, Erika believes there is no hope. Her mind is made up: she will leave her prominent Bostonian husband to pursue her career in Italy, a plan both unconventional and risky. But becoming Ravell's patient will change her life in ways she never could have imagined.

Lush and stunningly realized, The Doctor and the Diva moves from snowy Boston to the jungles of Trinidad to the gilded balconies of Florence. This magnificent debut is a tale of passionate love affairs, dangerous decisions, and a woman's irreconcilable desires as she is forced to choose between the child she has always longed for and the opera career she cannot live without. Inspired by the author's family history, the novel is sensual, sexy, and heart-stopping in its bittersweet beauty.

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Publisher: New York : Pamela Dorman Books, 2010
ISBN: 9780670021888
Branch Call Number: MCDON
Characteristics: 422 p


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Jan 14, 2013

Eye-opening look back to what was thought and done at the turn of the 20th century regarding infertility. Enjoyed the characters and the descriptions of these places, made on feel like one was at the beach in Trinidad or up the river in Venezuela or in the historic towns of Italy or in the cold Boston town. I would say this was a distant cousin to Bel Canto, but this story was way better! (with the Opera explanations, etc). Let me know what you think?

hgeng63 Feb 28, 2012

Average to below average to me. Doesn't really accomplish what it set out to do.

Sep 20, 2010

This story takes place in the early 1900's and is about the complicated and unusual relationship between a woman, her husband and her fertility doctor. The woman, named Erika is an up and coming opera singer. She originally feels desperate to have children, but after some time and countless medical procedures, she accepts that she will remain without children and she throws her energy and passion into her career. Her husband Peter has not begun to give up hope and continues to drag her from one appoitment to another. They meet Ravell who is a doctor in Boston that has had great success with fertility work. Erika and Peter develop a friendship with Ravell, both as a couple and as individuals. The shifts and changes in their relationships occur over a period of many years and takes the story to the plantations of Trinidad and the opera houses of Italy. Although I didn't always like Erika, I did find her personal journey to be interesting and engaging. I also thought the author did a great job with the settings. I have a vivid picture in my head of both the plantation and the various settings in Italy. I did enjoy this book and have only one critisism. I think the title is just awful. It reminds me of some mass publication romance paperback and really misrepresents the quality of the good story that it is.

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