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.
Mackenzi Lee holds a BA in history and an MFA from Simmons College in writing for children and young adults. Her short fiction and nonfiction has appeared in Atlas Obscura, the Boston Globe, Crixeo, and the Newport Review, among others. Her debut novel, This Monstrous Thing, won the PEN New England–Susan P. Bloom Children’s Book Discovery Award. Her second book, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, was a New York Times bestseller and an ABA bestseller, earned five starred reviews, was a #1 Indie Next Pick, and received a 2018 Stonewall Book Award Honor and a New England Book Award. She loves Diet Coke, sweater weather, and Star Wars. On a perfect day, she can be found enjoying all three. She currently calls Boston home, where she works as an independent bookstore manager and pets every dog she meets. www.mackenzilee.com
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7 months ago
Mackenzi lee does a wonderful job at showing how what we think is modern: interracial, same gendered relationships, strong women with feminist beliefs, and complex sexualities have always existed in history. She shows how women were no less complex in the 1700s than they are today. This story is both incredibly heartbreaking (due to the effects of the patriarchy) and lovely (because of the women) to read.
7 months ago
I very much enjoyed THE LADY'S GUIDE, and not just for the occasional cameos of Monty and Percy being adorable and flirty and happy. Felicity is a hell of a heroine in her own right--smart and capable, sure of what she wants and so socially awkward all at once. I loved her and her girl gang of ambitious, intelligent traveling companions, and I'm 100% here for the adventures they're sure to have beyond the end of this book. Bonus points for some necessary unpacking of how hard it is to be a woman in a man's world--in the 1700s or the present--and how much harder you have to work and better you have to be at that work to even attempt to compete. Double bonus points for the many important discussions about how there's no right way to be a woman or to be powerful, and triple bonus points for the established asexuality representation that is clear as day on the page.
These are such awesome examples of historical YA--with a dash of magic thrown in!--and if you haven't read them yet, you really, really should.
8 months ago
The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee is book two in her Montague Siblings series. Continuing a year after the events from book one, The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, Ms. Lee brings us a new adventure featuring Felicity Montague, the sister of Monty Montague. When Felcity's desire to enroll into medical school is stopped by the administrators because she is a woman, Felicity hatches a plan to try to land a position under a doctor she idolizes, Doctor Alexander Platt. However, he's currently in Germany to be married to her estranged childhood friend, Johanna Hoffman. So, in order to fulfill her dreams of becoming a doctor, Felicity sets off on a grand adventure where she meets a mysterious young woman, Simmaa Aldajah from Algiers, who is willing to pay Felicity's way to Germany in exchange for information from the Hoffman's. However, once Sim's real intentions are revealed, Felicity finds herself on another path than she originally intended.
Mackenzi Lee's novel is fun, fast-paced, and stars a strong group of women. Felicity, Sim, and Johanna really drive the novel. Each character individually is a star in their own right but combined they do not outshine each other, and instead burn brighter and stronger. I particularly enjoyed their scenes together and how they join synergistically, support each other, and overcome their obstacles to get to the end. The ending of the novel is perfect. It was satisfying, though I personally want more of their adventures.
Overall I very much liked The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee and wholeheartedly recommend it for more reasons than I can count.
(I voluntarily reviewed an advance review copy of this book I received for free from the publisher via Edelweiss in exchange for my open and honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.)
8 months ago
I have an insane love for Gentlemen’s Guide, so when I learned Felicity was getting her own story, I was so excited. We even made it a priority for the arc drop at SDCC. Sadly, I’m a little disappointed.
I liked Felicity well enough. What I loved the most about her in GG was her sass and wit and while she still has those, the majority of the book we’re in her head. The pages and pages of inner monologue got a little old. Of course the scenes with Monty and Percy were hilarious. And I enjoyed the tenacity of Johanna and Sim.
Plot wise, it dragged for me. It didn’t feel like an adventure, more like Felicity tagging along on someone else’s journey. I was never captivated by the story and seriously irritated by the same few words used over and over and over again.
Overall, it had characters I enjoyed, but I didn’t see the spark I was hoping for.
**Huge thanks to Katherine Tegen Books for providing the arc free of charge**
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