Genres: Historical Fiction, Romance
Format: Audiobook, Kindle, Paperback
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.
Mistress Suffragette by Diana Forbes is a fascinating historical fiction novel filled with romance and intrigue. This is an award winning novel written by an exemplary author, Diana Forbes. It is set in the Victorian era, during the time of the women’s Suffrage movement, the panic of 1893 and the Gilded Age. The women’s Suffrage movement was set up to give women the right to vote. Diana Forbes beautifully brings to life this glorious, yet desperate time in history with detail and historical accuracy.
In this story we have one Penelope Stanton, a young woman who has been jilted by her fiancé and left alone. But, she soon finds purpose to her life when she joins the women’s Suffrage movement where she rises to the top and becomes a leader in the organization. All the while she is fending off the advances of Edgar Daggers, a married man, womanizer and a benefactor. However, she is drawn toward him and can barely contain her desire for him as he adamantly pursues her and wants her to become his mistress. Will Penelope give in to her misgivings and lust for this man? This is a must read, 5 star novel written by award winning author Diana Forbes.
Mistress Suffragette by Diana Forbes is an incredible debut novel that stands out from the rest. This fabulous novel has it all, impeccable writing, captivating storyline, and unforgettable characters that are both realistic and relatable. Mistress Suffragette is a flawless work of fiction that will captivate and engage readers from the very first chapter as they are thrust back in time into a world of beauty and tumultuous societal and political times. The characters are fully developed and memorable. The descriptive writing engages all of the reader’s imaginary senses and puts readers on the scene. The storyline and plot are compelling, engrossing and fully entertaining with unexpected revelations, intense romantic moments and real to life scenarios. Filled with passion, charming characters, fanciful settings and factual historical events, readers will love Mistress Suffragette. Artisan Book Reviews highly recommends it all avid historical fiction readers.
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