One Glorious Ambition by Jane Kirkpatrick was a novel about Dorothea Dix and her crusade to help the mentally ill.
In the early 1800's mentally ill people were thrown in prisons to serve times along criminals without any medical assistance. After seeing the plight of these people, Dorothea Dix was determined to make a difference.
I must confess that I love historical fiction. It is by far my most favorite read. This book however just did not grab my attention. While Miss Dix was an interesting person I don't think she was interesting enough to warrant a 400 page novel. I thought the first half of the book was definitely a page turner, the second half was a struggle for me and, took forever to finish.
Jane Kirkpatrick is a great writer and I have enjoyed many of her books in the past, this is just not a book that I would recommend to a friend, unless they have a great interest in the field of mental health.
This book was provided to me by WaterBrook
Multnomah Publishing Group for my honest review.