Review: The Other Side of Courage: The Saga of Elizabeth Blackwell by Robert Nordmeyer

The Other Side of Courage: The Saga of Elizabeth Blackwell

Historic Courage changed the World.

In 1849 a single, simple action altered the course of women forever. Elizabeth Blackwell received her degree in medicine. In that profound moment she shattered that glass ceiling by becoming the first woman ever to do so, emerging as a fully accredited physician. Her path was not without suffering the constant throes of anger and antipathy from the medical profession. However, despite this bitter and harsh treatment, Elizabeth was determined to prevail through stubborn courage and an iron-clad will and triumphed for the good of all society.


Author: Robert Nordmeyer

Title: The Other Side of Courage: The Saga of Elizabeth Blackwell

Genre: Historical Fiction

Published:  July 1st, 2016 by CyPress Publications

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐



I received a review copy of this book courtesy of the author.

In her quest to become a doctor, Elizabeth Blackwell faced nearly-insurmountable odds. One medical school after another turned her away, outraged and scandalized that a woman would be so brazen as to attempt to become a doctor. Discouraged and disheartened, Elizabeth continued to push on. Luck was on her side when she applied to Geneva College in Geneva, New York. The Dean left the decision in the hands of the students who would have to learn and work alongside her, and (much to his surprise), they unanimously voted to allow her admission into medical school. When she graduated in 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell was entered into the annals of history as the first woman ever to earn a medical degree.

While this book focuses mainly on Elizabeth’s struggle to become a doctor, and her subsequent career, it also provides insight into her earlier years. We glimpse her life as a child living in England shortly before a tragedy forces her family to emigrate to America, and see the chain of events that led to her decision to become a doctor. Elizabeth faced many hardships in her life, but she never let anything stand in the way of her goals, nor was she afraid to take on controversial topics in order to better educate the public about health matters.

I’ve been interested in Elizabeth Blackwell since I first learned who she was, and why she was such an important historical figure. This is the first time I’ve read a book about her, however, and I learned a great deal that I didn’t know. Elizabeth Blackwell lived a fascinating life, indeed.

This book was as enjoyable as it was informative. If you like reading historical fiction novels based on real people and events, you won’t want to miss out on this one.


About the Author

Robert Nordmeyer
Robert Nordmeyer

Robert Nordmeyer has written professionally for more than 45 years as a published journalist, columnist and author, as well as creating advertising copy for both print and broadcast media, developing public relations and promotional materials, and writing text for marketing campaigns. His published books include Shepards in the Desert, commissioned and published by the Diocese of Tucson and Guide to Organizing and Successfully Operating a Nonprofit Organization, published by the Graduate Group. For five years he was a Professional member of the Society of Southwestern Authors and served on the Society’s Board of Directors. Robert and his wife Rita are residents of Tucson, Arizona.



Comments are closed.

Blog at

Up ↑

Bound to Be Me

Mother, Runner & Book Reviewer

The Writer's Notebook

Sue Featherstone

Bits about Books

Book Reviews | Blogging | Blog Tours | Social Media Advice for Authors


Bookstagram & Twitter: @thebooknookae

Alysha Kaye

A writer trying to teach becomes a teacher trying to write


100 Books and Reviews for 2017

Random Things Through My Letterbox

❤ Books. Reviews. Geekery. ❤

Sunkissed Scribbles

Books and Body Slams!

Neha Kundapur

Journey of a creative soul

All About Reviews

My personal thoughts about products I tried.


Book reviews and general nonsense

Stephanie's Novel Fiction

Sharing my life through my love of reading and the joys of books!

The Stacked Shelf

All things to do with books.

Mrs Bloggs' Books

The Average Reader

The Villain Library

Your every day Villain with a passion for books

Linda's Book Obsession:

Book Reviewer and Lover of Books

Katina's Closet

Your One Stop Shopping E-Boutique

Naty's Bookshelf

Why socialize when you can read?

The Paperback Princess

So many books, so little time..a bibliophile's thoughts on all bookish things. Sometimes I even like to talk about food & television.


Reviews Interviews giveaways

The Mystique Reader

Lost in the love of words, books and colors

Jessica loves to read

"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies, said Jojen. The man who never reads only lives one." - George R.R. Martin

Over The Rainbow Book Blog

Book reviews and ramblings from a book mad mum of two!


❤ Books. Reviews. Geekery. ❤

Catherine Chicotka

A beauty, fashion, and travel lifestyle blog


An eccentric blogger with a pen and a thousand ideas

FictionFan's Book Reviews

Reviews of books...and occasional other stuff.

Flippin' Pages

Reviews from ladies who love to read

black books blog

Welcome to black books blog

Send us your trip's photos

Books n All


The Pioneer Girl Project

Laura Ingalls Wilder's Pioneer Girl

Renée Précis

"It is not about how many words you can read per minute but rather how many new ideas you are left with after you have finished reading." -Katy Huller

Hobby Reads

Because everyone's hobby is having fun! Visit us @

This Is My Truth Now

Fiction, Books, TV, Trips & Reviews... and introducing the 365 Daily Challenge!

Bookish Endeavors

Reading and dreaming

LittleMissNoSleep Daydreams of Books

Insomniac Seeks Good Books for Night-time Adventures

Jenny in Neverland

"If you don't imagine, nothing ever happens at all".

%d bloggers like this: