Mistress Suffragette

Mistress Suffragette

by Diana Forbes

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Mistress Suffragette by Diana Forbes

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: NOOK Book
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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Mistress Suffragette 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Not only was ‘Mistress Suffragette’ a captivating story but I learned a lot of really interesting things about the 1890s. I’d be tempted to think of this book as almost a ‘nonfiction novel’, given the amount of educational material it provides. Young women were seen very much as ornamental and extremely constraining expectations were placed upon them – physically, emotionally and socially. The story begins at a ball, where all these constraints are in full effect. Escaping the confines of her family, who she feels have betrayed her best interests, the main character, Penelope, finds herself amidst a gathering of Suffragettes, where, finally she finds her voice and has an appreciative audience too. The story largely concerns Penelope’s family life and love life amid the backdrop of women’s dress reform being introduced and Penelope’s newly discovered talent and career in public speaking. 10 out of 10, Diana Forbes!
BookTastical More than 1 year ago
I found Mistress Suffragette gave an often humorous but also somewhat dark and frank view of life for women like Penelope in the 1890s. Forbes writing comes across as very honest and frank, and because it wasn’t too flowery I felt a much more profound connection with the leading character. Overall a found this to be a great read and will be looking for further books by Forbes in the future.
UndercoverBookReviews More than 1 year ago
I have really come to enjoy historical types of books. Love the way that I'm able to relax and escape into a whole different time era. This book brought just that with the well balance of plot and characters. But yet when reading this book you can still see that there are things that are just the same now from then. Recommendable book!
CGYReviews More than 1 year ago
It isn’t very often I come across a book, especially from an author I previously haven’t read, that impacts me in such a profound way so that I take it completely to heart. Diana Forbes proves here that she is a master storyteller, and with subject matter that is equally informative, entertaining and moving I think Mistress Suffragette is an amazing book destined to find a much wider audience. In fact I wouldn’t be at all surprised if this is soon snapped up for a small-screen or big-screen transformation. I’d advise anyone with even a passing interest in this period of our history to give this book a whirl.
Bibliophanatic More than 1 year ago
Mistress Suffragette is a beautiful and heart-wrenching tale about a young woman’s struggle in a male dominated world. I’m sure this was written in a literal sense of the time, but so much is still relevant today, and with recent uncovered happenings in Hollywood the subject matter is even more prevalent than ever. Forbes is a very accomplished author, and she paints each scene in a seemingly effortless way allowing the reader to be whisked away along with Penelope Stanton’s journey. I loved the book right until the final page and I know I’ll go back and read again. I already recommended this to three of my friends so I may reread along with them.
TootYourBooks More than 1 year ago
Mistress Suffragette is an accomplished book that does a great job of showing readers what it was like for women in the late 19th century. The vivid reality Forbes creates in terms of the senses is quite remarkable. Perhaps the gruesomeness of a lot of the oppression is not conveyed, but as this is a romance novel that can be forgiven. Many of the other reviews seem to focus heavily on the historical nature, and it is handled very well, but for me the romance and plot line were far more fulfilling. Penelope is a great character, with depth and flaws of her own, and her journey was entertaining and at times eye-opening as well. Very near to five stars, but four for me.
rokinrev More than 1 year ago
( Disclaimer: I won this book from GoodReads and the publisher) “Never toast your enemies. It accords them too much power” Penelope Stanton, oldest of two daughters of Newport scion Phillip Stanton, is caught between the old order and the new age. As the panic of 1893 comes crashing in, it leads the way for suffrage and abolitionist outcry that drown out the once Gilded Age of money equally power in a chess game where the children become the game pieces in keeping things solvent. Spurred by her first beau in part because of the downtrend in finances, Penelope becomes what at first she abhorred: a Suffragette. Intelligent enough to find her voice as well as her abilities, she breaks out of the mound to become one who rallies for justice across the board. “Literary archeologist” Diana Forbes pens this look at the revolution and change in the lives of women in the late 1800s with spark and a “joie de vive” that is easily caught the deeper one gets into this story. Recommended.
Reader_Views More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Juliana Leal for Readers Views (05/17) “Mistress Suffragette” by Diana Forbes is a wonderful and detailed journey that takes you back in time to the late 19th Century Gilded Age (1870-1900). It is a vivid story that merges romance, fiction, and historical events that took place during that age. Diana Forbes’ fascinating descriptions of the time and characters will make you feel you are right there witnessing all the events. Set in Newport, Rhode Island, Manhattan, and Boston, this novel will captivate your imagination from beginning to the end. Penelope Stanton is a young woman who is drawn into the early Women’s Suffrage Movement in the U.S., to find empowerment and a voice in an age where women were not treated equally under the law. During this time she struggles with numerous challenges, from her father´s bankruptcy and an overbearing mother who wants to find her the right marriage prospect ($$), to an eccentric group of friends and a society that is facing the markets crash of the panic of 1893 (a nationwide depression). She also encounters a wealthy suitor (Edgar Daggers) who preys on distressed women and is not at all interested in women’s rights, but promises her financial security. The most valuable asset of women in these times was their reputation, so Penelope Stanton will have to consider all her struggles and yet do what she really wants to do with her life. This novel will give you insight into the incredible courage of the early Suffragettes and the importance of equal rights. “Mistress Suffragette” by Diana Forbes is filled with exquisite’s details about that period in time, with a realistic storyline, and genuine characters. It is a fantastic and highly recommended read for anyone who wants to know more about that point in history and who loves tales of romance, fictional, and historical events.
Jewelsey More than 1 year ago
Splendid, delightful and engaging. Mistress Suffragette is a wonderful story set in the time when women fought to have a voice while still being dependent on a man. It is a great read and brimming with enlightening historical information. It is brilliantly written in the time setting of the 1890’s during the Gilded Age and the women’s suffragette movement. The author, Diana Forbes, has woven together a fictional tale with real life historical events. The main character Penelope, is a young woman that is trying to find her way, after her family is hit with hardship. Her choices are not easy nor clear. She has many things that stand to prevent and hinder her progress during this time of struggle for her and her family. During a time when virtue is important, Penelope finds herself attracted to a wealthy married man. Making her life even harder to deal with. Although there is plenty of interesting and welcome drama written into the story, it is also light hearted, and enchanting. The author depicts and portrays the time and setting in a wonderful beautiful way, pleasing the readers imaginary senses and mind aesthetically. I was more than pleased and felt like I was placed in the setting and time. Which is an important quality in writing for me. Mistress Suffragette, deals with what was probably the real life way of living in those days. I loved the narrative and the dialog between the characters. This isn’t just another historical novel, this one is much more captivating, colorful and deep. It is very well written, thoughtful and engaging. The plot is full and complete. The characters are well developed with interesting personalities. The writing and editing is to perfection. I couldn’t put it down. It was my great escape of the week. I loved it! Diana Forbes has a unique voice and quality to her writing. Readers will be pleasantly satisfied with this work of art in the form of writing