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The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings) Hardcover – 15 Nov 2018
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★ “[Lee] develops a world rich in historical detail, crafts a plot wild with unexpected turns, and explores complex topics like colonization and identity. An empowering and energetic adventure that celebrates friendship between women.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
★“An incredible, must-have follow-up full of old characters and new, blood and guts, and a delightful barrage of sarcasm.” (School Library Journal (starred review))
★ “This action-driven adventure is a joy.” (ALA Booklist (starred review))
“A beautifully brilliant story about feminism, female friendship, privilege, sexism in the 17th century, and doing all you can to fulfill your passion and dreams.” (Buzzfeed)
“A feminist feast that challenges societal norms and forgoes all romance, which is unconventional, albeit refreshing, in young adult literature.” (BookPage)
“[A] strong feminist credo.” (The Horn Book)
“The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy is fun while still being thoughtful, feminist, and an ode to female friendship.” (Bustle)
PRAISE FOR THE GENTLEMAN’S GUIDE TO VICE AND VIRTUE: ★ “Tongue-in-cheek, wildly entertaining, and anachronistic in only the most delightful ways, this is a gleeful romp through history. Monty is a hero worthy of Oscar Wilde.” (Booklist (starred review))
★ “The book’s exquisite, bygone meter and vernacular sit comfortably on a contemporary shelf. And the friction of racism, tyrannical entitled politicians, and misguided disapproval of homosexuality also have a relevance rooted in current culture’s xeno- and homophobia. Austen, Wilde, and Indiana Jones converge in this deliciously anachronistic bonbon.” (Kirkus Reviews (starred review))
★ “This is a witty, romantic, and exceedingly smart look at discovering one’s place in the world. A stunning powerhouse of a story for every collection.” (School Library Journal (starred review))
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.See all Product description
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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.
We are thrown into a world of pirates, dragons, medicine and a very large dog!
The tale picks up in Edinburgh where Felicity is trying to find a way into medical school but finds all doors are shut to her. She then goes off to London where she finds an opportunity, in the shape of her idol, presenting itself. Off she shoots to Zurich and falls in line with the daughter of a pirate leader and her old friend Johanna. Along the lines new details emerge and Felicity finds out that not everyone is who they say they are.
It’s a heartwarming tale of girls trying to make their place in a world that’s not ready for them. Their determination knows no bounds and the friendships they make along the way will definitely last a lifetime. This book is definitely a girl power book with some spunky characters to rule it.
Mackenzie Lee has delivered another spectacular story!!