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Official Review: Mistress Suffragette by Diana Forbes

Post by cpru68 » 30 Jun 2019, 11:37

[Following is an official OnlineBookClub.org review of "Mistress Suffragette" by Diana Forbes.]
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4 out of 4 stars
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Penelope Stanton is in a quandary where her reputation and her social status is challenged. Should she bend her morals to accommodate a married man to secure herself financially? Mistress Suffragette by Diana Forbes takes place during the 'Panic' of 1893 when financial institutions were upended leveling the social classes and making the 'haves' appear more like the 'have-nots'. Penelope is given a chance to be a mistress where she will be provided with an abundance of money and material items. As a 'kept woman', she can have anything she desires. But, what is the cost of this? Both her dignity and good name would forever be tarnished. Is the tradeoff worth it?

I enjoyed the tension created by Penelope jumping into the fledgling women's movement while at the same time, she desires marriage and a life of monetary stability with a spouse. In addition, her mother adds pressure making it quite clear that she needs to find her daughter a worthy suitor. A wealthy one is preferred. The conversations between the two women are laced with humor as they go to battle over Penelope's future.

I liked the way this author played with words. Such as, "Never had I encountered so much talk of Movements while being permitted so little movement." In this instance, Penelope was feeling trapped by her mother's overbearing personality, and I thought that line was quite hilarious. There are more of these thoughts and dialogues throughout the book as readers witness how the young and the old clash in their way of thinking regarding dating, appropriate wardrobes, and marriage. With Penelope and her mother at odds, it adds an element of depth to the surrounding themes of womanhood and value.

There wasn't anything I didn't like about this novel. For those who enjoy historical fiction, I think this one would be quite appealing. The various and slight romantic scenes are not too graphic, so for those readers who shy away from that, they might find these scenarios tolerable.

I am giving this 4 out of 4 stars for its superb storyline that depicts the rise of women's rights but the need for both sexes to work in unity. There was only one slight error that I found, so this excellently written book seems to have been professionally edited.

In closing, I will ask again: Will Penelope throw away her self respect for money? You will have to read the book to find out, and the ending has a twist that is so well done it left me with a big smile of satisfaction.

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Post by Ikigai » 03 Jul 2019, 00:28

The different opinions of mother-daughter generations seem to have little in common in the history of humanity. This contrast, along with Penelope's heavy decision, makes this book appealing. I enjoyed reading your review and definitely, helped me to decide to read the book. Thank you!

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Post by Queen Books » 03 Jul 2019, 04:43

This sounds like a great book and something I would be very interested in reading. I love the theme of conflicting ideas between generations and your review just makes me want to read this book even more. Thanks ^^

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Post by cpru68 » 03 Jul 2019, 08:24

Ikigai wrote:
03 Jul 2019, 00:28
The different opinions of mother-daughter generations seem to have little in common in the history of humanity. This contrast, along with Penelope's heavy decision, makes this book appealing. I enjoyed reading your review and definitely, helped me to decide to read the book. Thank you!
I think the mother daughter aspect is timeless. I see this conflict go on in the store even in present day! 😊 Thank you for reading my review. I appreciate it!
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Post by cpru68 » 03 Jul 2019, 08:26

Queen Books wrote:
03 Jul 2019, 04:43
This sounds like a great book and something I would be very interested in reading. I love the theme of conflicting ideas between generations and your review just makes me want to read this book even more. Thanks ^^
I debated so long over this and deciding to go ahead and review it. By chapter one, I was all in. I was glad I gave it a chance. Thanks for reading my review, and I hope you get a chance to check it out! 😊
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Post by kandscreeley » 03 Jul 2019, 09:53

This definitely sounds like an interesting book, set in a unique era in our history. It's one I've seen reviewed before. The protagonist seems like a strong woman who's trying to get out from under her mother. Thanks for the review. It's one I've got on my list.
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Post by kelseydwf » 03 Jul 2019, 11:53

Wow! This sounds like an awesome story. I am definitely interested to see how Penelope confronts her competing desires for independence and stability. Thanks for a wonderful review!
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Post by Cecilia_L » 03 Jul 2019, 14:12

The mother-daughter conversations you described sound funny. Thanks for the recommendation.

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Post by kdstrack » 03 Jul 2019, 16:28

Penelope has quite a dilemma. Your comments about her final decision have me intrigued. I also have this one on my list. Thanks for the compelling review!

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Post by Meg98 » 03 Jul 2019, 22:59

What an interesting storyline! I am intrigued by your comments about what she will decide in the end. I will be putting this one on my reading list. Thanks for this great review!
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Post by cpru68 » 03 Jul 2019, 23:11

kandscreeley wrote:
03 Jul 2019, 09:53
This definitely sounds like an interesting book, set in a unique era in our history. It's one I've seen reviewed before. The protagonist seems like a strong woman who's trying to get out from under her mother. Thanks for the review. It's one I've got on my list.
I debated so long on this one, and I was so glad I went forward with it! Thanks for dropping in for a read. I appreciate it. 😊
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Post by cpru68 » 03 Jul 2019, 23:12

kelseydwf wrote:
03 Jul 2019, 11:53
Wow! This sounds like an awesome story. I am definitely interested to see how Penelope confronts her competing desires for independence and stability. Thanks for a wonderful review!
Thank you for reading my review! It’s a good book! 😊
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Post by cpru68 » 03 Jul 2019, 23:13

kdstrack wrote:
03 Jul 2019, 16:28
Penelope has quite a dilemma. Your comments about her final decision have me intrigued. I also have this one on my list. Thanks for the compelling review!
This book was so well done! Thanks for reading my review!
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Post by garlicclove » 07 Jul 2019, 18:33

Historical dramas about kept women are one of my special interests and if this one is written with the kind of humor you describe, I'll have to give it a read.

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Post by cpru68 » 14 Jul 2019, 10:24

garlicclove wrote:
07 Jul 2019, 18:33
Historical dramas about kept women are one of my special interests and if this one is written with the kind of humor you describe, I'll have to give it a read.
I think you will enjoy it. Thanks for reading my review!
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