Two different centuries, two different altruistic women following stubborn men out to save the world. However, this meaningful theme isn't enough to rescue an over-exaggerated novel that relies too heavily on coincidence.
Alma is a Latin American author of some acclaim living in Vermont (sound anything like the actual author? - yes). While failing to complete her optioned novel, she takes a mental roadtrip through the lives of Isabel and Don Francisco, who, in 1803, tried to vaccinate several cities and countries from smallpox.
When Alma's husband goes on a humanitarian mission to her native Dominican Republic, she stays behind, enduring speedily narrated heartaches at home.
Alone, the 1803 smallpox journey would have held my interest. Combined with the mediocre saga of modern eco-terrorists and cancer victims, it's a mess of skipped emotions and missed characterization.
2.0 out of 5.0 Island Hoppers.