I forgot I didn’t write a post about the first book, so before I wrote this one, I had to go back and type up that review. Whoops! I guess I read the first one when we were moving, and I just didn’t think about it.
Who wouldn’t be excited to get back to Lady Felicity and her desire to be a doctor and defy anyone who gets in her path?
“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.” [Amazon]
Unlike most women, she cares nothing for marriage and babies and even romance. She’d rather be valued for her mind and her skills and respected for such. Most people underestimate her, and even the men she looks up to let her down. When she tries one more time to be accepted into medical school, she begins a journey of her own.
This carries the same brash, reckless feel of the first novel with slightly more sensibility, she is an impulsive teen, after all. This is one of the things I loved about the first book so much, that you could believe these teens would do something insane without really thinking it through or reasoning all of it out. They’d get fixated on a course of action, but don’t quite consider the consequences. Who on earth would go crash an old schoolfriend’s wedding uninvited, trusting a girl they barely know? So, it’s definitely slightly more far-fetched an outcome, but Felicity always seems like she’s a girl running away from everything and that’s bound to make her more wildly madcap because she has nothing to lose.
Felicity had many amazing quotes, not all challenging the secondary status of women. Here’s one that embodies the anxiety and insecurity of being a teen and entering a social event:
“There is a unique sort of agony to entering a party alone.
It is the shuffle in, the survey, trying to spot allies and racks in the fortress of guests where you might slide into a conversation with such ease that they will think you’ve been there all the while. It is the keen pinch of hanging in the doorway and knowing that people have seen you come in but no one is pulling you over to their conversation or waving in greeting.”
I quite enjoyed Johanna and her great love for her dog (please, couldn’t we have just brought the dog on the adventure?), but Sim didn’t get enough time for me to know her. She was so secretive that once she revealed her purpose, I still didn’t quite trust her voice. Loved the ending. Loved the appearance of Monty and Percy. Heart-in-throat a few moments though, which was great thrill for writing. Absolutely adored the way it ended. Almost can’t decide which book I like better. Can’t there be more? The characters feel so real and almost like friends. Big book hangover!!!