Set in London, New York, and San Francisco from the late nineteenth century through the first decades of the twentieth, Domina is the inspiring saga of one woman's personal and professional triumph against the prejudices of her time.
Beautiful and courageous, Samantha Hargrave dares to dream that she will become one of the first female doctors—and surgeons—in America. Born in the slums of London and possessing a special gift for healing, Samantha struggles to enter the all-male medical profession. When her ambition encounters hostile rejection in England, she sails to America, where she meets an eccentric doctor who takes her on as an apprentice. But at the high-profile Astor Ball in New York, Samantha is introduced to the second of the three men who will change her life forever—and love just might interfere with her ambition.
Acclaimed novelist Barbara Wood reveals her remarkable talent by capturing Samantha's indomitable spirit, making Domina a literary triumph.
“Wood creates genuine, engaging characters whose stories are fascinating." —Library Journal
“It is rare and pleasurable to find a novel that expresses the glories and disgraces of the medical profession from a woman's perspective.” —Booklist
“Wood crafts vivid sketches of women who triumph over destiny.” —Publishers Weekly
“Wood shows herself a wizard at juggling action and romance, maintaining the momentum and sparkle of both.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Barbara Wood is an entertainer.” —Washington Post Book World
“Compelling and passionate…A book that inspires.” —Elizabeth Forsythe Hailey, author of A Woman of Independent Means
The storytelling acumen of New York Times bestselling author Barbara Wood was brought to new heights with the publication of Domina, which even prior to publication had racked up an impressive list of sales including a TV-Film contract, and was selected as a Literary Guild Alternate. To date, Barbara has written twenty-five books, which have been translated into over thirty languages. Barbara transports her readers to exotic countries that she has meticulously researched to provide them with a true sense of the culture and history relevant to each story. She has visited every country she has written about and in fact does not feel comfortable writing about a country that she has not walked on or breathed its air. In addition, she feels that the country of origin is by far the best source for research information. But research for a book does not end there. Barbara immerses herself completely into the subject at hand. This includes extensive reading of books, newspapers, and magazines, internet research, as well as first hand interviews and contacting experts in the various subjects relevant to her current project.
At the heart of every book is a strong, independent woman. Barbara is busy working on her next story that will, no doubt, showcase an extraordinary heroine in an exciting and intriguing adventure. Her many characters are fictional, but some are based on people she knows and people who are in the news and in history. Interwoven throughout her books are elements of herself in the main characters. While the majority of events that take place are fiction, some of the characters' experiences are her own. When not writing, Barbara often takes time to enjoy the work of other authors, and play golf with her husband, Walt
Marion Castle is a British voice over artist with a special interest in talking books. Her work includes voicing for radio, TV and narration on video documentaries. She has voiced many jingles for radio stations which are heard internationally, presented her own radio programme for an English radio station in Spain and is the Liaison Director of an English/Bavarian radio station. A fluent German speaker, she also teaches Business English to German companies. Marion records from her home studio in the beautiful mountains of Bavaria where she is living at present.
Be sure to hear Marion in several other outstanding Cherry Hill Publishing audio productions including Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen, Persuasion by Jane Austen, Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë, and Barbara Wood's The Blessing Stone.