I am a "remote" member of a Mystery Book Group. Each month they pick three books and the members can choose to read one, two or all three of the books. I think this is a GREAT idea for a book club - people don't end up stuck reading a book they HATE simply because it was the only book for that month. In January I read all three of the books. The physical members of the group with meet on Tuesday to discuss their thoughts on the books. I e-mail mine in, but here they are for you to read:
Alastair's love interest is Jane, who is a surgeon. But, given the time period, women aren't accepted as surgeons, so she disguises herself as a man to gain the acceptance of the community. A few people know her true identity. While today's society is not to this extreme, woman still struggle to compete in the male-dominated societies making the novel's themes universal.