Historical Fiction

The Price of Compassion

The Price of Compassion by A.B. Michaels

Publication Date: August 27, 2018
Red Trumpet Press
eBook; 296 Pages

Series: Golden City, Book #4
Genre: Historical Fiction/Mystery


April 18, 1906. San Francisco has just been shattered by a massive earthquake and is in the throes of an even more deadly fire.

During the chaos, gifted surgeon Tom Justice makes a life-changing decision that wreaks havoc on his body, mind, and spirit.

Leaving the woman he loves, he embarks on a quest to regain his sanity and self-worth. Yet just when he finds some answers, he’s arrested for murder—a crime he may very well be guilty of. The facts of the case are troubling; they’ll have you asking the question: “Is he guilty?” Or even worse…”What would I have done?”

“[The Price of Compassion] is chock-full of details about California in the earliest part of the 20th century, and it showcases the rampant prejudice against Chinese immigrants that pervaded the West Coast during the period. In accessible and absorbing prose, the author also describes the arcane medical practices of the era [with] a sufficient number of high stakes moments to keep the tale suspenseful and engaging throughout. [It’s] a well-thought-out legal drama, full of intrigue and duplicity.” -Kirkus Reviews

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My ReviewI feel as though I have hit the jackpot in historical fiction novels, lately!

When I picked up The Price of Compassion, I wasn’t sure exactly what to expect. Being the absolute history nerd that I am, I tend to head towards books set in pre-1900’s. Beings this novel was set in 1906, in San Francisco, I wondered if it might have something to do with the great earthquake that happened during that time, and if I would find myself as engrossed as I always hope to be when reading.

I needn’t have worried.

First of all, I absolutely love when an author’s adoration and respect for his/her characters are plain with every word penned. A.B. Michaels created characters that were so achingly relatable, that I loved them instantly. Tom Justice is impossibly human and completely unforgettable. Secondly, the research done on the time period was wonderful. To see how medicine has evolved since then and to witness the heartbreaking prejudice towards the Chinese immigrants. To have a front row seat…knowing what’s coming, hearing the sounds, watching the expressions on everyones’ faces…when the buildings begin to lurch. And then to walk around with the author, taking in the aftermath…and then the mystery element! Take in everything that I just mentioned, throw in some serious mystery, and I’m sure you can understand why I glared at anyone who dared interrupt me while I was reading. The Price of Compassion is a brilliantly poignant, yet utterly fascinating novel that will sweep you up in it’s plot, and never fully release you. A definite recommend for all book lovers!

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About the Author

A native of northern California, A.B. Michaels earned masters’ degrees in history and broadcasting, and worked for many years in public relations and marketing. Now that she’s an empty nester, she has time to write the kinds of stories she loves to read. Her historical series, “The Golden City,” follows characters who make their way in turn of the twentieth century San Francisco. “I love creating flawed characters I can relate to, who have to make difficult choices, and who long for happiness like the rest of us. So much was happening in the early 1900’s that help shape my novels. Once I tear myself away from the underlying research, they are fascinating stories to write.”

Currently Ms. Michaels lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband and two furry creatures who are unclear on the concept that they are just dogs. In addition to writing, she loves to read and travel. A dabbler in fabric art, she also plays bocce in a summer league. Her latest stand-alone novel, “The Price of Compassion,” is Book Four of the “Golden City” series. It’s scheduled for release this summer and will be followed by Book Five, “Josephine’s Daughter.”

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One thought on “The Price of Compassion

  1. I second this entire review! What a read this was, I loved all of it! I can’t wait to read the other books in the series 🙂

    Thanks so much for your great review, Stacie!

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