It's 1895 and Thorliff is still working hard for Phillip Rogers at the Northfield News while attending St. Olaf College. Thorliff has gained a great deal of suc-cess with his book, The Switchmen, but he doesn't seem to be aware of his growing feelings for Elizabeth Rogers. What will it take for him to finally realize he loves her?

Elizabeth is still keen to be a doctor and returns to Chicago to work with Dr. Althea Morganstein for the long, hot summer. Tenement fires, wife abuse and disease keep her busy, but it's a dream come true. When Dr. Morganstein tells Elizabeth of her plans for the future, Elizabeth will finally be able to realize her dream.

Though the cost is great, there's nothing more she would rather do. After working in Blessing with Thorliff and helping to save lives during the flood of 1897, she realizes her feelings for Thorliff. Will loving him mean she can no longer pursue her dream? Will his happiness be at the expense of hers?

Readers probably know Thorliff and Elizabeth better than their own relatives, but if you're like me, you're probably hoping these two will finally get married so someone else's story can be told. (Mar. 320 pp., $11.99)

Reviewed by: 
Bev Houston