Thursday, January 30, 2020

Book Review: A Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

                                The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy Review 
The Lady's Guide to  Petticoats and Piracy is the follow up book to A Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue expect this time around we follow Felicity Montague as she tries to become a doctor in the 1700s when all the men believe that woman can't be doctors and won't even let her study medicine let alone practice it. Felicity hears from one member of the hospital that her idol when it comes to practicing medicine Dr. Alexander Platt might be more progressive than most men and might be willing to hire her as an assistant. Felicity finds out that Platt is soon going to marry her childhood friend Joanna Hoffman, so Felicity makes it her mission to get to the wedding of her former friend to beg for a job from Platt. A female pirate named Sim ends up offering to take Felicity to meet with plate since there is something that she believes Joanna's family took from her family and she wants to get it back, Felicity naively believes that Sim won't steal anything after she promises not.

Felicity and Joanna's friendship is one that didn't end on good terms since Felicity felt like Joanna was abandoning her and their mutual love for scientific discovers to be a proper lady which lead to Felicity lashing out at Joanna implying that she was stupid and shallow. Joanna ends up welcoming Felicity warmly despite the bad terms their friendship ended on and the fact that Felicity's father claimed that she and Monty had been kidnapped by pirates while they were on tour which makes anyone who recognizes Felicity's name a bit suspicious about what she's doing there. While Felicity reuniting with Joanna starts off better than expect she doesn't have as much luck at convincing Platt that she would be a good assistant for him and it doesn't help matters that Platt is uninterested in even having an assistant in the first place.

After awhile Felicity and Joanna end up getting into a fight with each other about the different ways they choose to live their lives and it doesn't help matters that soon after that Felicity finds Sim trying to steal some of Joanna's late mother's research and when she tells Joanna about this Joanna no longer wants to see Felicity since she knew Sim was a thief when she brought her there. Felicity ends up deciding to leave the next morning but she ends up discovering that Joanna had ran away on the day of her wedding this leads to Felicity to insisting that she goes with Platt to find her and hopes that she can use this opportunity to convince Platt to hire her. As the story goes on Felicity starts to discover that there is a lot more going on then she is aware of.

Overall this a good book that has Felicity struggling to find her place in the world and through out the story she learns that her way of being a smart woman isn't the only way in which a woman can be smart which is something she learns through reconnecting with Joanna. While I liked this book I feel like the first book in the series was better and I think that was probably because our main characters stuck together through out the book which is not true here since Felicity ends up separated from Joanna and Sim for large parts of this book which makes it a bit harder to invest in her relationships with them. Please tell me your thoughts on this book in the comment section below.

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