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- Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books (2 October 2018)
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B075QC4JWM
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The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings Book 2) Kindle Edition
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From the Back Cover
Felicity Montague is through with pretending she prefers society parties to books about bonesetting--or that she's not smarter than most people she knows, or that she cares about anything more than her dream of becoming a doctor.
A year after an accidentally whirlwind tour of Europe, which she spent evading highwaymen and pirates with her brother Monty, Felicity has returned to England with two goals in mind--avoid the marriage proposal of Callum Doyle, 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 small window of hope opens. Dr. Alexander Platt, an eccentric physician who Felicity idolizes, is looking for research assistants, and Felicity is sure that someone as forward-thinking as her hero would be willing to take her on. However, Platt is in Germany, preparing to wed Felicity's estranged childhood friend, Johanna. Not only is Felicity reluctant to open old wounds, but she also has no money 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.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
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Following the events of their turbulent trip across Europe in The Gentleman’s Guide, Felicity has been working in a bakery in Edinburgh, a city renowned for its progress and education in medicine, and trying to convince various hospital boards to allow her to study. When the baker she’s working with proposes to her, Felicity decides to visit Monty and Percy in London to get away from a future of popping out babies.
In London she once again tries to convince a hospital board to take her on, and again she is patronised and laughed at. One of the doctors takes pity on her and advises her to seek out Dr Alexander Platt, Felicity’s idol, who has travelled to Stuttgart to get married to an old childhood friend of Felicity’s. Though Monty tries to stop her, Felicity strikes a deal with a pirate, Sim, who agrees to take her to Stuttgart because there’s something there that she wants herself.
What ensues is another romp, with a distinctly feminist feel and a science girl gang.
Felicity is a very different protagonist to Monty, and while she doesn’t quite have his sense of humour she’s still wonderfully sarcastic and I laughed out loud several times while reading this book. Part of the joy of reading this book is having Felicity grow on you as a heroine. She’s not particularly likeable straight away.
Felicity goes on several journeys throughout this book; her literal journey to Stuttgart and her journey towards the career she wants, but my favourite thing about this book was how Lee completely trampled on the ‘not like other girls’ trope. Felicity does initially think she’s better than other girls who like traditionally feminine things, because the misogynistic 18th century world she’s been raised in has taught her that femininity means weakness and not being taken seriously.
Her friendship with Sim and Johanna, Sim who she has only just met and Johanna who she was best friends with when they were children, helps pull Felicity out of her internalised misogyny. Her friendship with Johanna, in particular, was so well written.
So many of us have that one friendship in childhood that was almost an obsession, spending long summers together where you can’t imagine not being together, and then adulthood comes along and forces change and not all friendships survive it. Felicity’s discovery that Johanna liking pretty dresses and wearing makeup doesn’t mean she can’t also still like animals and the outdoors and botany was such wonderful character growth, and it was lovely to see these two friends rediscover each other.
It was so satisfying to see Felicity’s asexuality discussed and acknowledged, too. The word ‘asexuality’ itself wasn’t used, and as far as I know that word wasn’t used in terms of human sexuality in the 18th century, but she is very clear romance is something she’s simply not interested in. Even better, when another girl shows an interest in her she doesn’t try to force some kind of relationship on her and instead is quite happy to remain her friend and nothing more.
We do get glimpses of Monty and Percy in this book, who are sickeningly in love and it’s adorable, but while it was lovely to see them they didn’t overtake the plot and it remained very much Felicity’s book. In fact, I think I enjoyed this book even more than I enjoyed The Gentleman’s Guide – it was so refreshing to read a YA novel where the focus was on friendship, and friendship between girls at that, more than anything else.
I can’t wait to read whatever Lee releases next, her writing style is so easy to gobble up, and I hope, one day, we might see more of the Montagues – even if it’s just the odd short story.
Again, Mackenzi Lee shows how historical YA fiction should be done. Felicity is a powerful main character, deeply flawed like her brother, desperate to achieve her dreams. She even is forced to confront her own internalised misogyny and to realise that there are things outside her experience that she needs to learn about and consider. Johanna and Sim are both varied and interesting characters who contribute towards Felicity's personal reflection as well as the exciting narrative, and in general Lee endeavours to show female characters finding different ways to fight back.
The playful approach to history found in Gentleman's Guide is continued here, with some details changed for plot reasons as highlighted in an author's note after the text, but this one feels more cuttingly historical in some ways, possibly due to greater reflection on oppression and continuing themes picked up in the earlier book. Have no fear though, there's plenty of pirates and schemes and sea dragons to keep the adventure going too.
Fans of the first book will probably love this one For anyone else, this is a book for people who love female figures in history and would like a fun, exciting novel about fictional ones, particularly women involved in science, nature, and piracy. Aimed at young adult readers but great for anyone looking for a light, exhilarating read, it is charming but also manages to provide reflection on the situation and treatment of different people, then and now. Felicity will be a hero for many people.
This book follows her adventures chasing this dream, and all the shenanigans she gets into along the way!
I recommend this book is you love pirates, strong women, historical fiction or all of he above!!!
The final quarter of the book really saved it for me! It was so good, action packed and exciting - however it took a bit of work to get there. It probably didn't help that I read this while in an intense university period however it just took me so long to read. It didn't feel like very much was happening and I just wasn't connecting with felicity (until the latter half of the book). However I was chuffed with how explicitly LGBT+ themes are presented, that it focused on women and one of them was Muslim! real nice
There were a few grammatical errors I picked up on but they didn't really hinder my enjoyment tbh
E ele realmente teria sido um último livro perfeito, porque me lembrou do quanto amei O Guia do Cavalheiro para o Vício e a Virtude, a escrita da Mackenzi Lee e seus personagens. Esse livro é exatamente o que eu estava procurando, tão feminista, emocionante e engraçado quanto eu precisava. O único problema dele é que ele acaba. E tem tanta história ainda depois do final que eu queria ver acontecendo! Não tem como a autora escrever mais um livro, não? Mais dois, pelo menos?
A Felicity é uma personagem maravilhosa, daquelas que deveriam aparecer bem mais em livros históricos e contemporâneos. Ela tem tanta paixão pelo que faz e tanto amor próprio, que não se deixa aceitar menos só porque é mais fácil. Além disso, ela tem essa sede de conhecimento incrível que dá para notar em tudo que faz. E o jeito que a autora tratou a assexualidade dela também foi ótimo, na minha opinião, porque não transformou em uma grande questão, mas tampouco relativizou como se não fosse real, só "uma fase".
Mas a melhor parte da Felicity são seus defeitos! E ela tem vários, e vários que fazem total sentido com o resto da sua personalidade, que trouxeram questionamentos sobre a visão dela de si como mulher e a visão que ela tinha das outras mulheres do mundo e que foram muito bem trabalhados. As cenas dela com a Johanna foram, na maior parte, minhas favoritas, e eu leria outro livro desse universo só por elas, se já não quisesse também pelo Monty, o Percy e a escrita da autora que é imbatível.
Nesse livro, como no do Monty, fiquei impressionada de novo com a habilidade da autora de criar tantos questionamentos pessoais e sociais, mas ao mesmo tempo manter um enredo movimentado e emocionante! E o toque de fantasia que ela deu, como no primeiro, foi na medida certa! Em muitas cenas, eu fiquei extremamente apreensiva, em várias outras, eu ri alto, e preciso admitir que esse é meu tipo de enredo preferido.
Meu tipo de livro, aliás, também porque já vou sair escrevendo várias frases dele em meus cadernos, agendas e pela casa afora. Essa duologia é simplesmente perfeita e precisa ser espalhada pelo mundo, para ver se a gente consegue fazer um mundo um pouco melhor. E eu vou ler absolutamente tudo que a Mackenzi Lee escrever na vida, sem nem parar para ler a sinopse antes. De longe, uma das minhas autoras favoritas!
Não tem mais nada que eu possa dizer. Só: vai logo ler esse tesouro de livro.