Official Review: Mistress Suffragette by Diana Forbes

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Re: Official Review: Mistress Suffragette by Diana Forbes

Post by Dori Lee » 19 Aug 2018, 20:30

Very good review describing Penelope's journey. Though I do not read historical fiction, this would be at the top of my list if I did.

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Post by slori0488 » 19 Aug 2018, 20:31

Romance novels really aren't my thing, but the historical fiction aspect of this novel makes it appealing enough for me to give it a chance. As a bit of a feminist it will be interesting to read how much of the Women's Sufferage the author included in get writing. The characters sound interesting and I feel this would be a good rainy day read. Thanks for your review.

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Post by ladycraic » 19 Aug 2018, 20:43

The prospect that there could be a relationship between Mr. Dagger and Penelope is keeping me away from this book, although it seems like a nice read. Thanks for the review :)

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Post by lavellan » 19 Aug 2018, 20:49

Thanks for your review! I'm curious to find out about Penelope's journey to Boston and her part in the Suffrage movement. I hope that the book keeps true to the time period. I wonder what developments occur in Penelope's love life. The character development is also a big draw for me.

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Post by CheyenneR » 19 Aug 2018, 21:00

I like that there are multiple relatable characters throughout the book. It's always disappointing when you find a good book but can't relate well to the main characters.

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Post by crediblereading2 » 19 Aug 2018, 21:13

I love this story and the characters portrayed. Penelope and Lucinda have done the correct deed by avoiding a relationship that could create turmoil in the lives of many persons. Thank you for a thorough review of this book.

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Post by MiziS_1305 » 19 Aug 2018, 21:15

The plot of the book is appealing with its central character going through unexpected ups and downs in life and then joining a movement in Boston. It might be a great read for historical fiction readers, but I am neither a fan of historical fiction nor a fan of romance. So, I applaud the plot but won't pick it up. Thanks for the review!!

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Post by Swara Sangeet » 19 Aug 2018, 21:15

Not my genre of choice. Congrats on the review. Sounds enthralling. Might read it.

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Post by Jennifer Fernandez » 19 Aug 2018, 21:21

Sounds like a realy good book. I also like historical fiction. It sounds like it has a Jane Austen kind of feel.
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Post by todwyer01 » 19 Aug 2018, 21:22

While Historical fiction is not my area of interest, just from a sampling, this story has potential. I was particularly impressed by the author's ability to skillfully mold historical facts about the Women's Suffrage Movement into a romantic fiction, which is by no means easy. Well Done.

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Post by ashpres12 » 19 Aug 2018, 21:22

Thank you for your review. I found it to be very descriptive and made me want to read this book even more. I will be adding it to my ever growing to be read pile. :techie-studyingbrown:

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Post by Folorunsho213 » 19 Aug 2018, 21:23

She is one of those beautiful primitive woman with high regards to society. She is shy but can not resist the charm of the handsome millioner; due to the family finacial situation she might succumb to the young man." What is the true intent of the young man is it to lure the naive young lady into the inner room or otherwise?"Check this wonderful book.

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Post by bellaterrabooks » 19 Aug 2018, 21:34

The financial situation for women during the time in history covered by this book was considerably precarious. The social and economic standing of these women led many to make some very unsavory choices, such as those that Penelope faces in this book. The Women’s Suffrage Movement provided women with an outlet for some of those limitations. It is fascinating to note that the author has fully flushed out the characters including historically accurate information, which brings greater depth to the story. Based upon the brief daily summary and this review, this sounds like a book that would be an excellent read for a historian who is interested in the Women’s Movement and strong female characters.

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Post by Bookmermaid » 19 Aug 2018, 21:51

Thanks for your engaging review. From the sample provided, I can easily appreciate that one can get hooked by the characterization. I am happy to learn that you found this novel to be an expertly written pageturner that you recommend to all readers of fiction. I look forward to reading this novel.

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Post by J+Jenkins63 » 19 Aug 2018, 22:00

I'm not aware of any other fiction touching on this subject. I don't know that it would be for me, but I think a novel about a young woman getting involved in the Suffragette movement is a great idea.

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