I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings #2) by Mackenzi Lee
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on October 2, 2018
In this highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, Felicity Montague must use all her womanly wits and wiles to achieve her dreams of becoming a doctor—even if she has to scheme her way across Europe to do it. A must-have for fans of Mackenzi Lee’s extraordinary and Stonewall Honor-winning novel.
A year after an accidentally whirlwind grand tour with her brother Monty, Felicity Montague has returned to England with two goals in mind—avoid the marriage proposal of 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 window of opportunity opens—a doctor she idolizes is marrying an old friend of hers in Germany. Felicity believes if she could meet this man he could change her future, but she has no money of her own 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.
Last year I read the Gentlemen’s Guide to Vice and Virtue and loved it. It was an epic adventure set in the 1700’s. I loved the antics, the diverse representation and all of the European stops. After reading this book, I longed to visit Barcelona.
I saw that there was a sequel/companion novel coming this year and I wanted to get my hands on it. This book lifted me off from the reading slump which I am so grateful.
This story follows Felicity a young, vibrant woman whose dream is to go to medical school and become a doctor. Here is the thing in the 1700’s women were not allowed to go to the medical school because they were women. I know!
So Felicity after spending a year trying to get into medical school, she hears that a famous doctor that she admires is going on an expedition and might be open to hire her as an assistant. She decides to take a chance. However, there is a catch. She needs to get to Stuttgart and invite herself over to his wedding with her childhood friend.
Felicity enlist the help of a lady pirate and off they go on a quest.
The quest takes them to Zurich, Algeria and island off the Atlantic. They meet with pirates, search for dragons and discover their own path.
Character: I love the representation in this book.
Felicity is asexual and in someways destigmatize the label. It shows that she can be content without a romantic relationship.
Then we have Simmaa “Sim” Aldajah, a black Muslim Hijabi pirate who is attracted to Felicity. She showcases that women can be a kickass pirate.
Johanna is the more traditional character who loves to entertain, fashion and her pet. However, Johanna wants to be a naturalist like her mother. She grows in this book.
Plot: This book is an epic adventure.
What I feel? I really love the themes of feminism in this book. I love the representation and the adventure.
This book got me out of a reading slump. It was the perfect amount of substance and adventure. I was happily engaged in reading this book.