To be completely honest, the biggest reason that I chose to read this book was because I loved the title. The novel itself proved to be just as wonderful. Describing the adventures of a female doctor in the 16th century, the protagonist journeys throughout Europe to find her father, another doctor who has been traveling the world for the past decade in order to write an extensive book detailing various illnesses and cures. From that alone, part of the title is completely understandable, while the “madness” is left for the reader to discover throughout the course of the narrative. O’Melveny’s style was beautifully descriptive, without being overly so. Each of the characters were beyond easy to fall in love with or loathe entirely, as the author desired. My only criticism is that I wish that there had been more, simply because I did not want to stop reading.
Review Submitted by: Breanna Thorne
Rating: Must Read