The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings 2)
A year after an accidentally whirlwind grand tour with her brother Monty, Felicity Montague has returned to England with two goals in mind-avoid the marriage proposal of a lovestruck suitor from Edinburgh and enroll in medical school. However, her intellect and passion will never be enough in the eyes of the administrators, who see men as the sole guardians of science.
But then a window of opportunity opens-a doctor she idolizes is marrying an old friend of hers in Germany. Felicity believes if she could meet this man he could change her future, but she has no money of her own to make the trip. Luckily, a mysterious young woman is willing to pay Felicity's way, so long as she's allowed to travel with Felicity disguised as her maid.
In spite of her suspicions, Felicity agrees, but once the girl's true motives are revealed, Felicity becomes part of a perilous quest that leads them from the German countryside to the promenades of Zurich to secrets lurking beneath the Atlantic.
Publisher,Harper Collins US
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While there was nothing in particular to dislike about The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, this follow-up is even better, perhaps because it allows author Mackenzi Lee to address issues closer to her heart and experience. It helps that the lead character is one you root for more from the off, although Felicity Montague is still flawed, like her brother Monty, and realising and addressing this forms a major part of the story. Which itself is another ripping yarn that spans continents, although this time with a distinctive element of fantasy thrown in to offset the more quotidian (but no less riveting) drama. Overall it's a deceptively easy, very enjoyable read that has a lot to say about friendship, loyalty and ambition that's worth listening to. Whilst revelling in the outlandish fiction of it all.
This is a story of women fighting back. This is a story about how there is no right way to be a woman. This is a story about powerful women who could slit you open with a marlinespike, sew you back shut, and throw a party with cream puffs and cakes the next minute.