At Least You Have Your Health by Madi Sinha
Paperback, 384 pages
Publication: April 5th 2022 by Berkley Books
Taken from Goodreads: Behind the wholesome veneer of a wellness clinic lies a dangerous secret in this compelling women's fiction novel from the author of The White Coat Diaries.
Dr. Maya Rao is a gynecologist trying to balance a busy life. With three young children, a career, and a happy marriage, she should be grateful--on paper, she has it all. But after a disastrous encounter with a patient, Maya is forced to walk away from the city hospital where she's spent her entire career.
A new opportunity arises when Maya enrolls her daughter at an exclusive private school and crosses paths with Amelia DeGilles. Amelia is the owner and entrepreneur behind Eunoia Women's Health, a concierge wellness clinic that specializes in house calls for its clientele of wealthy women for whom no vitamin infusion or healing crystal is too expensive. All Eunoia needs is a gynecologist to join its ranks.
Amid visits to her clients' homes to educate and empower, and occasionally to remove crystals from bodily orifices, Maya comes to idolize the beautiful, successful Amelia. But Amelia's life isn't as perfect as it seems, and when Amelia's teenaged daughter is struck with a mysterious ailment, Maya must race to uncover the reason before it's too late. In the process, she risks losing what's most important to her and bringing to light a secret of her own that she's been desperately trying to keep hidden.
My Thoughts: I can see how it would be easy to get pulled into the world of private schools, specialty doctors, and the parents of the students. That is exactly what happen to Maya. She loses her job and gets offered a job by a fellow parent, a parent that runs the school, and finds that the prestige and the money make it hard to say no. She says yes, and her world changes. Her values are pushed and her husband who has always supports her begins to question her choices.
I liked that Maya’s life was not perfect. She knew that her race was something that set her apart from others and something that she had to do work hard to get past. The balance of work and family had her making choices that were best for her family and not always exactly what she wanted. She was trying to put her family first but in making some of those decisions she put her own values at risk. I liked that she took risks both in her career and personally and accepted that they did not always work out the way she had hoped.
This is a story of family, racism, classism, and work-life balance. I enjoyed that Maya had a real life of 3 children, a husband, a job, and the want to be part of the school life for her children. Her life was crazy, complex, fun, loving, and busy.
**Thank you Chelsea Pascoe at Berkley for a copy of the book via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.
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