The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics

The Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics

by Olivia Waite

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As Lucy Muchelney watches her ex-lover’s sham of a wedding, she wishes herself anywhere else. It isn’t until she finds a letter from the Countess of Moth, looking for someone to translate a groundbreaking French astronomy text, that she knows where to go. Showing up at the Countess’ London home, she hoped to find a challenge, not a woman who takes her breath away.

Catherine St Day looks forward to a quiet widowhood once her late husband’s scientific legacy is fulfilled. She expected to hand off the translation and wash her hands of the project—instead, she is intrigued by the young woman who turns up at her door, begging to be allowed to do the work, and she agrees to let Lucy stay. But as Catherine finds herself longing for Lucy, everything she believes about herself and her life is tested.

While Lucy spends her days interpreting the complicated French text, she spends her nights falling in love with the alluring Catherine. But sabotage and old wounds threaten to sever the threads that bind them. Can Lucy and Catherine find the strength to stay together or are they doomed to be star-crossed lovers?

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ISBN-13: 9780062931788
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/25/2019
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 18,490
File size: 909 KB

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A Lady's Guide to Celestial Mechanics: Feminine Pursuits 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Shelley Murray 8 months ago
Rating: 4.5 stars First of all - hooray for wonderfully written f/f romance! Hooray for women in STEM! Hooray for people finding their self-worth and inner strength! *throws glitter* OK, now that I'm done with all that celebrating... This book is just absolutely, breathtakingly lovely. I adore the descriptions of Catherine's embroidery designs (and am low-key jealous and wish I had that kind of talent). I also really admire Lucy's tenacity in pursuing her passion, and her willingness to admit when she's wrong. Their relationship together, while central to the story and absolutely AMAZING, isn't the only focus of the story, and the other storylines are so great and eye-opening. Catherine must deal with the fallout of the emotional abuse she suffered from her deceased husband, Lucy also has a past love and heartbreak she is dealing with, and they both must struggle with the expectations and limitations of women in the early 19th century both in the sciences and the arts. There's also a huge focus around what art is (and isn't), the relationship between art and science, and women's place (and marginalization) in both that is just so wonderfully done, I can't even articulate. The descriptions of the beautiful places where they meet, like in the stellarium shawl, are just so *breathtaking*. Olivia Waite is definitely an artist. There were a couple of spots where I saw the writing on the wall before the plot points actually happened, but that didn't make those spots any less poignant and touching. I also struggled a bit with the pacing in the second half of the book - I think maybe Lucy and Catherine started their relationship a bit too early in the book so there wasn't that will-they-won't-they tension (though there was plenty of tension of an entirely different kind). This is the first book in the Feminine Pursuits series, and I really can't wait to see what Waite brings to the table next.
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Noire 9 months ago
I received an ARC of this book to read through Edelweiss+ in exchange for a fair review. The Lady’s Guide to Celestial Mechanics by Olivia Waite is the first book in what looks to be an intriguing new series The Feminine Pursuit Series. My New Year’s resolution is always the same Try New Things and this book fits that perfectly with a new to me author and a new genre F/F romance and getting to read this book was definitely a win for me because not only did I find a new author to enjoy as well as a new genre but reading it sent me off to the library to look up more about women and science and it while of course there are some horrible stories of men taking credit for work that is not theirs it was quite eye opening and I look forward to discovering more stories…. but back to this story Lucy Muchelney a brilliant mathematician is at a bit of a loose end, her astronomer father has passed away leaving her feeling purposeless without work to do and her beloved accepted a marriage proposal without even informing Lucy of her decision. When a letter arrives from the Countess of Moth, Catherine St. Day looking for someone to translate a French Astronomy text she immediately heads to London in hopes of finding purpose and to recover from her broken heart. Lucy finds all of that and much more. While this book is a historical romance it explores issues that are still of burning importance today and I found that as well as being an extremely entertaining read with a beautiful love story it also gave me lots to think about. I highly recommend reading it. Medium Steam. Publishing Date June 25, 2019 #Edelweissplus #OliviaWaite #AvonBooks #AvonImpulse #HarperCollinsCanada #HarperCollinsPublishers #TheLadysGuidetoCelstialMechanics