Review by Mimiof3 -- Mistress Suffragette by Diana Forbes

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Review by Mimiof3 -- Mistress Suffragette by Diana Forbes

Post by Mimiof3 » 28 Sep 2018, 20:52

[Following is a volunteer review of "Mistress Suffragette" by Diana Forbes.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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First, I must say that this was a book that I could not put down! I also did not want it to end! Diana Forbes is a master storyteller who leaves you wanting more.

Mistress Suffragette

Penelope Stanton is the 17 year old main character. She's a dutiful daughter who must weather some pretty serious storms. The era is the Gilded Age as well as a time called The Panic, where wealthy Americans were losing their income, their homes and their societal status. Penelope is jarred from the life she once knew and thrown into a world that is completely alien to her....she must work to earn a living. The catch? Her parents expect her to give all of her earnings to them. She has no intention of doing so and makes the decision to leave her beloved New Port and run away with her friend to Boston to join the suffrage movement. Through monumental and life altering decisions, she must map out her own life. From quiet New Port, Rhode Island, to bustling Boston, and on to fast-paced New York. From husband hunting (albeit reluctantly), to suffragist. This is a spellbinding story with twists and turns that will keep you in your favorite reading nook until you have finished it. (I admit I would slow my reading so I could savor the very last pages.)

I gave this story 4 out of 4 stars because I absolutely loved it from begging to end. Forbes beautifully paints for us each new setting. From a quiet life in her peaceful hometown, with horseback riding and small country galas, to big city noise and pollution and glitz of the upper echelons of society. The author details the period dress from makeup, jewelry, and even hygiene habits or lack thereof. The difficulty of being a single woman at that time and in different cities. The deep seeded friendships along the way and the inevitable homesickness that a young woman might feel after being away from the only home she's ever known. I loved the feeling of "being there" and experiencing everything that Penelope felt and saw. There was really nothing in this story that I didn't like or anything I would change. From marriage minded mamas to broken promises to dastardly gentlemen and a mixture of unlikely friends, who turn out to be the family she never knew she needed. It's all wrapped up into this heart warming and adventurous story!

I would recommend this book to any lover of history, an historical romance lover, such as myself, and anyone who loves a strong female lead character. I will most definitely reread this book.

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Post by seymmarc » 30 Sep 2018, 20:29

Sounds like a great read! I like that you point out the author's attention to detail in regards to the setting. I find this so important in historical fiction (or any writing, for that matter).

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Post by Timmy_32 » 01 Oct 2018, 00:17

I'm about to read this book

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Post by Akspezia » 02 Oct 2018, 04:49

MISTRESS SUFFRAGETTE by Diana Forbes. This is an entertaining historical romance book. Penelop Stanton who had to move to New York after her failed married. She got attracted to a millionaire Edgar Daggar who is also married. He kept coming after Penelope and even promised to help her in ways. But Penelope, in other to avoid Edger, she had to leave for Boston to become a speaker for women suffrage movement. Read the book to find out more about this romance book.

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