That Bonesetter Woman by Frances Quinn

It’s usual, they say, for a young person coming to London for the first time to arrive with a head full of dreams. Well, Endurance Proudfoot did not. When she stepped off the coach from Sussex, on a warm and sticky afternoon in the summer of 1757, it never occurred to her that the city would be the place where she’d make her fortune; she was just very annoyed to be arriving there at all.
Meet Endurance Proudfoot, the bonesetter’s daughter: clumsy as a carthorse, with a tactless tongue and a face she’s sure only a mother could love. Durie only wants one thing in life – to follow her father and grandfather into the family business of bonesetting. It’s a physically demanding job, requiring strength, nerves of steel and discretion – and not the job for a woman.
But Durie isn’t like other women. She’s strong and stubborn and determined to get her own way. And she finds that she has a talent at bonesetting – her big hands and lack of grace have finally found their natural calling. 
So, when she is banished to London with her sister, who is pretty, delicate and exactly the opposite to Durie in every way, Durie will not let it stop her realising her dreams. And while her sister will become one of the first ever Georgian celebrities, Durie will become England’s first and most celebrated female bonesetter. But what goes up must come down, and Durie’s elevated status may well become her undoing…

My thoughts:

Thank you to Simon and Schuster for a digital review copy of That Bonesetter Woman by Frances Quinn. I enjoyed reading Fran’s debut novel, The Smallest Man in 2020 and you can read my five star review here

I’m pleased to say that this is another five star read for me. Endurance (affectionately known as Durie) is an exceptional young woman, who suddenly realises she has a calling, to follow her father and grandfather into becoming a bonesetter.

However, no one else seems to believe that this is suitable work for a young woman, and Durie faces a battle to prove that she can make a difference to the lives of many people.

Durie’s life is also changed by the actions of her sister, resulting in moving to London for approximately 9 months. Durie meets a wide variety of people in London, some pleasant and some obnoxious. Can her entrepreneurial aunt help her achieve her dream?

Endurance Proudfoot is going to be one of the most talked about book characters this year, as readers discover this stunning blend of historical fiction with mystery, romance and comedy. Thank you Frances Quinn for another excellent book to escape into.


By Karen K is reading

An avid reader from the age of 4. Love escaping into a good novel after a busy day working with students. Mum. Adopter of dogs.


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