In the eyes of the world, Dr. Lindsey McCall had everything: beauty, brains, and a nomination for the Nobel Prize for Medicine. Dr. McCall was envied by many especially by her older sister Paula. But Paula’s pernicious jealousy transforms to jubilation when Lindsey is convicted for the murder of their mother. Finding solace in the only way she has ever known, work, Lindsey’s duties at the prison infirmary provide some relief from the recurring nightmares of the death of one of her patients but it is a dying inmate who begins the process of healing for the wounded physician. When reporter Kate Townsend learned about the murder conviction and imprisonment of the renowned cardiologist, she was certain that this story would be the biggest she had ever pursued. But after her series of articles is awarded three Pulitzer Prizes, Kate is haunted by the knowledge that her new-found fame has been purchased at too high a price; she is certain that McCall is not guilty. Texas governor Greg Bell hires former homicide detective and criminal defense attorney Rich Jansen to fix the escalating problems at the Huntsville Prisons recently inflamed by a lawsuit against Lindsey McCall. When Jansen’s skills quickly result in the resignation of the incompetent prison medical director, he realizes that this strange saga is just beginning. Mark Twain wrote that forgiveness was the fragrance shed by a violet upon the heel of the boot that has crushed it. This medical mystery weaves together the lives of the two sisters, Lindsey and Paula, with those of strangers as each copes with loss, betrayal, jealousy, and the exquisitely painful journey to forgiveness.
"The Fragrance Shed by a Violet is ultimately a story fragrant with love and forgiveness – and not just for Lindsey McCall. More than one person in this first novel by Lin Wilder has found or given love and/or forgiveness by the time of its satisfying conclusion." -literaryfictionreview.com
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