Mistress Suffragette

Mistress Suffragette

by Diana Forbes
Mistress Suffragette

Mistress Suffragette

by Diana Forbes



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A young woman without prospects at a ball in Gilded Age Newport, Rhode Island is a target for a certain kind of "suitor." At the Memorial Day Ball during the Panic of 1893, impoverished but feisty Penelope Stanton draws the unwanted advances of a villainous millionaire banker who preys on distressed women--the incorrigible Edgar Daggers. Over a series of encounters, he promises Penelope the financial security she craves, but at what cost? Skilled in the art of flirtation, Edgar is not without his charms, and Penelope is attracted to him against her better judgment. Initially, as Penelope grows into her own in the burgeoning early Women's Suffrage Movement, Edgar exerts pressure, promising to use his power and access to help her advance. But can he be trusted, or are his words part of an elaborate mind game played between him and his wife? During a glittering age where a woman's reputation is her most valuable possession, Penelope must decide whether to compromise her principles for love, lust, and the allure of an easier life.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940157359430
Publisher: Penmore Press LLC
Publication date: 03/06/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: eBook
Pages: 412
File size: 6 MB

About the Author

Diana Forbes is a ninth-generation American, with ancestors on both sides of the Civil War. One of her most traumatic childhood memories was of her mother putting up a family heirloom for sale—an autographed photograph of President Abraham Lincoln—against Diana’s strenuous objections. After her Mom also sold all of her great-great-grandparents’ furniture, along with signed letters from President Lincoln that had been in the family for generations, Diana decided that she could preserve the past by becoming either a pack rat or a writer. (Somehow becoming a writer seemed the more noble pursuit.)
Today Diana Forbes considers herself a literary archaeologist, digging for untold stories against the rich backdrop of American history. In a box of letters from her ancestors that she managed to salvage, Diana discovered that two of her forebears were tailors who lost their jobs back when ready-made dresses from department stores started to replace old-fashioned dressmaking. This hooked Diana on researching the dark side of Industrialization and a little known offshoot of the women’s Suffrage Movement called “the Rational Dress Movement.” Ladies: it was not so very long ago that women had to fight…to wear trousers!
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