Mistress Suffragette

Mistress Suffragette

by Diana Forbes
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Mistress Suffragette 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
TootYourBooks 22 days 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 6 months 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