Cut to the Heart by Ava Dianne Day
Clara Barton and the Darkness of Love and War

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Inspired by the true heroism of legendary nurse Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, award-winning author Ava Dianne Day weaves a suspenseful blend of fact and fiction in a gripping historical thriller set against the violent upheavals of the Civil War.

Assigned to Hilton Head Island, headquarters of the Union Army in the South, Clara Barton finds herself in a limbo that is neither battlefield nor hospital. Here, among emancipated former slaves, Barton must look after wounded Colonel John Elwell--and learn all she can about the community’s folk medicine. But while she longs to return to the front line, she soon discovers the isolated settlement has perils of its own.
As Clara’s suspicions escalate, historical events propel the “Angel of the Battlefield” toward a confrontation as old as time itself. On one side stands Clara Barton, the epitome of goodness and humanity; on the other, a sociopath possessed of a mind as brilliant as it is depraved.

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About Ava Dianne Day

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Ava Dianne Day is the author of six Fremont Jones mysteries, including The Strange Files of Fremont Jones and The Bohemian Murders. She worked as a psychologist and as a hospital administrator before beginning her career as a successful mystery writer. She has two grown sons and lives on the north coast of California.
Published December 18, 2007 by Bantam. 418 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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And, unbeknownst to Clara, a sinister surgeon, the demented Dr. Chamberlain, is tracking her every move and awaiting his chance to avenge himself on her for reasons that even he's unclear about.

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