DescriptionInspired by a true storyâa breathtaking novel of romantic obsession, longing, and one woman's choice between motherhood and her operatic career calling
It is 1903, and Erika von Kessler has struggled for years to become pregnant. Resigned to childlessness, Erikaâa talented opera singer and the wife of a prominent Boston businessmanâsecretly plans to move to Italy to pursue her musical career. The charismatic Doctor Ravell is a rising fertility specialist. When Erika becomes his patient, he is mesmerized by her elegance and extraordinary voiceâand finds himself taking an impetuous risk that could ruin them both.
Stunningly realized and inspired by Adrienne McDonnellâs own family history, The Doctor and the Diva moves from snowy Boston to the tropical forests of the Caribbean to the gilded balconies of Florence.Â It is searing historical fictionâa tale of opera, the indomitable power of romantic obsession, and a womanâs irreconcilable desires as she is forced to choose between the child she has always yearned for and the artistic career she cannot live without.Â Fans of Ann Patchettâs Bel Canto and Nancy Horanâs Loving Frank will be moved by this novelâs bittersweet beauty.