Copeland scores big with her latest historical about a woman and a doctor who argue about the best way to handle women's health concerns. The characters are strong, and the issue will resonate with contemporary readers.
April Truitt wants to educate the women of Dignity, Texas, about their health and definitely doesn't want anyone else to die on the operating table like her mother did. She also needs to educate the new young doctor, Gray Fuller. Gray thinks April has no business spouting off about the herbal remedies she's promoting. They butt heads, but will they realize that they want the same thing, better knowledge about women's health? (Steeple Hill, Oct., 384 pp., $6.99)