This fast paced, well written debut novel by Gina Mulligan came to me by surprise from the publisher. I had missed the preview window, but they graciously sent me a copy anyway. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and look forward to future undertakings by Ms. Mulligan.
The book opens with a tragic wagon accident that leaves the main character, Amelia, orphaned. She spends her youth living in an orphanage and becomes disillusioned with the limitations society places on her as a woman. She is often caught stealing books that are not meant for the girls. She exhibits a strong desire to learn more than “girl” life skills. Fast forward to her release into adult life. A chance meeting on a train will change the course of her life. A simple act of kindness, coupled with a powerful mentor opens a whole new path for Amelia.
The book has a great flow with the strength and drive of Amelia driving the plot admirably. Amelia is determined to make it in a man’s world, but at what cost. The book is set around the time of the suffrage movement and Amelia becomes a lobbyist who works tirelessly to get this amendment passed. Her life and her struggles were fascinating to me. She had tenacity in a time when most women were not permitted to engage outside their roles as housewives.
I enjoyed reading about the inner workings of politics that unfortunately sound a lot like today’s political climate. I guess things haven’t changed all that much. Lot’s of deal making and backstabbing add excitement to the story. I believe this book will be a best seller for those who love the genre of historical fiction, but the plot and characters would interest fiction lovers as well. A must read for the summer, so add it to your ever growing list.
Available now. Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for allowing me to read and review this book.