Modestly, as co-author, I rate Healing, Romance and Revolution as very good.
Why? Because, Harriet Holbrook Smith was an exceptional woman having considerable influence on the medical professions, nursing administration and nursing education fields. Her early life experiences with Yale in China (aka Yale-China Association) in Changsha, China, 1926, were seminal to her personal and professional growth and accomplishment.
The book is a compilation of her letters home and to friends were we follow her experiences as she provides nursing care to the people of China, teaches nursing to eager Chinese students; searches for the love of her life and much more as the world around her deteriorates into chaos with radical unions, organizational strife, political intrigue, and war (the Northern Expedition where Chaing Kai-shek was fighting to displace the Northern War Lords). Harriet captures these events with perspective, clarity, insight, and humor.
Putting this book together was a labor of love for Carolyn and myself.
Major point I want to make: The book is identified as being "fiction." It is clearly a nonfiction and real-life.