Having just finished reading this novel while on a cruise through the Caribbean, I had to write a review of this marvelous work. This book truly has something for every reader. If you are looking for a romance, the blossoming relationship between two of the main characters will keep you enthralled. If you are looking for adventure, the setting of rural and austere Haiti just after the massive earthquake of 2010 will satisfy all your needs. If you are interested in a medically themed text that all from the lay person to the most specialized of physicians can follow along with, this book has that too.
I truly do not wish to give away too many of the details of the book but it is a tale of growth, healing and humanity. Being set in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake of 2010, a young and ambitious trauma surgeon finds himself in a surgical setting as foreign to him as the far side of the moon. He must overcome his traditional ways of thinking and operating (literally and figuratively) in order to provide the care the people so desperately need and deserve. The story of his growth and how the characters interact and play off of each other provides a heartwarming, if at times tear-jerking, page turner of a book.
I would also like to invite you to tune in to an upcoming podcast on the Wilderness Weekly (Wilderness Weekly Podcast) where I look forward to interviewing the author, Dr. R.T. Lawrence. I plan to ask him about his inspiration for the book as well as if any sequels are planned. Finally, if you are familiar with a work of fiction almost every American medical student or resident has read (or is at least aware of) the House of God, I want to ask the author about parallels (or in my mind contrasts) between his work and this cult classic. I encourage you to go buy a copy of House of Jesus by following the link here to Amazon. If you have any questions you would like me to ask the author, please leave them in the comments.