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Reviewed by Christian Sia for Readers' Favorite
Journey into Darkness by Dr. Dell Elizabeth Brand is a powerful story that features strong elements of history, adventure, and women’s fiction. It’s the story of Kit Markham, who has lived her life hoping to marry the man she’s loved since she was a little girl. But everything changes when she learns that Jack — the love of her life — is her half-brother. She’s also lived with a lie about her parenthood. Broken by this discovery, she leaves her home in Melbourne and sets out for England. She is sixteen years old and her adventure is just beginning when she opts to join the team of nurses tending to wounded soldiers in ships returning from the Crimean War. Follow her adventures as she discovers her vocation, falls in love and gets married, and follows her husband to the war front. But will the life of Kit Lewis be the same when Jack reenters it years later?
This is a wonderful story with strong themes. Kit is a compelling character, the kind of woman who’ll do anything to achieve her dream. She is driven and readers will enjoy following her in a world where men lead and women merely follow. She has to fight to pursue her dream of becoming a doctor. The relationship between Kit and Ned is beautifully explored and readers will enjoy the well-crafted letters as well as the dynamics of this relationship. Dr. Dell Elizabeth Brand brings relevant elements of history into her writing, captures the culture of the West in the period between 1855 and 1861 with brilliance, and introduces characters that will stay with readers. The writing itself is fascinating and readers will enjoy awesome dialogues and the author’s unique phraseology. Journey into Darkness had me gripped from the first to the last page, thanks to the great treatment of plot and characters.