At Least You Have Your Health
by Madi Sinha
Publication Date April 5, 2022
Published by Penguin
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Genres: Fiction / Family Life / General, Fiction / Medical, Fiction / Women
Behind the chic 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 an entitled patient, Maya is forced to walk away from the city hospital where she’s spent her entire career.
An opportunity arises when Maya crosses paths with Amelia DeGilles at a school meeting. 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, Maya comes to idolize the beautiful, successful Amelia. But Amelia’s life isn’t as perfect as it seems. 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.
At Least You Have Your Health is an in-depth look into women’s health issues all wrapped in a suspenseful, compelling, and humorous story that I loved. It highlights the inequities of women’s health care both due to economic status and class, but it’s all wrapped up with a mystery and fascinating characters.
Dr. Maya Rao is a gynecologist and mother to three children and wife to Dean, as the daughter of immigrants, she worked hard to become a doctor, and has finally found a position she loves at the Philadelphia General Hospital. She is a very busy mother, and every morning she takes her children to three separate locations and has to pick them all up after work. Her oldest daughter Didy, nine years old, goes to a local private school, that they can barely afford. Her son Niam, at four years old, goes to the local public elementary school, and her youngest, Asha is only eight months old and goes to daycare.
While dropping off her daughter, Diya at the exclusive public school, she meets Amelia, a very wealthy woman, who runs Eunoia Women’s Health, a boutique medical practice that provides medical care to the very rich. After losing her job at the hospital, Maya takes a job with Eunoia and becomes friends with Amelia. Maya soon learns that Eunoia has an emphasis on alternative medicine over traditional medicine, and finds her patients (called clients) to be spoiled, entitled, and reluctant to pursue traditional medical practices. She also finds that Amelia has a dark past, and Amelia’s teenage daughter starts to show signs of a mysterious illness.
I enjoyed this book very much, Maya is a very sympathetic character, she works hard, loves her family, and is dedicated to her patients. Her children are not perfect, but they are adorable as they try her patience. Her life becomes considerably easier when she takes the job with Amelia, but caring for the very rich, tries her patience as they demand expensive and sometimes outrageous medical care. The medical demands of these wealthy patients range from the ordinary to the extreme, and this provides some lighthearted humor to the story as well as some drama.
Amelia, a very wealthy heiress and owner of Eunoia, has secrets from her past which have shaped the way she runs her business and how she raises her children, especially her teenage daughter, Prem. These secrets drive this story and make for a very compelling read.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Women’s fiction. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.