|Top - American Eagle, Purse - Treejse, Gray maxi skirt - Express, Blue boots - Frye|
|There's the Rotunda and the lawn I mentioned.|
The weather also made us think that perhaps the overbearing heat is through, that the summer is really winding down. We went to a beautiful mountain apple orchard, and saw these:
|How can you not love fall? Look at how much fun these jack o' lanterns are.|
|The book for which I wore this long skirt. Mary Sutter wouldn't approve of anything else, of course.|
Mary, a talented midwife, runs away from home and heartache to become a surgeon, only to come face to face with just how little surgeons actually knew in those days when it came time to begin amputating. The surgeon she's with went to medical school, sure, and has been practicing medicine for years, alright, but is obviously not so familiar with cutting. After the first major battle bringing in wounded soldiers, Mary reads from an instructional book, while the doctor cuts through skin, muscle, and bone, learning along the way. It's terrifying to think about, also very sad when they realize they don't know what to do with the extra limbs, the bodies, then have to deal with the lack of medicine, the general lack of supplies. War wasn't well planned out, and thousands upon thousands suffered and died because of it.
A few times the story dragged for me--too many details about the war and all of its political players, too many woe is me moments. Still, I would like to read more from Robin Oliveira. She obviously did a good amount of research and the book's incidents and characters felt authentic. I wonder if she's particularly interested in the Civil War or if she would put her talents into other time periods.