I’m going to start this off by saying I’ve been waiting for this book since the day I heard it was coming into existence! The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue also by Mackenzi Lee is one of my favorite books of all time.
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy is it’s companion novel, instead of following Monty and Percy’s lives after Santorini, we follow Felicity! Definitely a character I wished we heard more from in Gent’s Guide, and I got my wish 🙂
Here’s the official Goodreads synopsis for Lady’s Guide :
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 when 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.
I didn’t want this book to end. Seriously I didn’t. I LOVED hearing from Felicity this time around. Of all the infinite possibilities that Mackenzi went with this book, I’m so glad she went this way. I mean if you went back to a younger me, and mentioned that you’d fall in love with a science girl gang on a mission to save sea monsters with the help of Pirates, I’d want in. Not to say I don’t now, which I totally do. I mean Pirates, sea monsters and a GIRL GANG.
And I totally agree with another review I read scrolling through other people’s on Goodreads….Em take me with you? I’d love to retreat into this universe.
Felicity only wanted to be allowed to study medicine and become a physician. But as you’ll learn it seems a bit of an impossible thing for a woman in the 18th century. She even uses PMS as a reason why she should be allowed to enter medical school in front of a school’s administration board…of all men. Let’s just say they don’t take it very well. Really though what man takes any mention of that well?
However she manages to stumble upon a unique opportunity. Working with her idol, Dr. Alexander Platt. So she sets off for Stuttgart where Platt is set to marry a childhood friend of Felicity’s, Johanna; with the help of Sim who is disguised as her maid.
She definitely didn’t plan on what happens next….Felicity finds herself on a whirlwind adventure—with Johanna and Sim. Sim who could quite possibly be the heir to a fleet of pirates. Or would be if she was a son, and not a daughter.
Some of my favorite moments have to be the laugh-out-loud moments (especially when someone looks at you with a WTF expression) at the expense of stuffy white men. My other favs definitely have to be the Woman Power moments between Felicity, Johanna and Sim.
Felicity Montague, you beautiful Aro-ace feminist you.
It was women like her in STEM that make my dreams possible. Proving that women hold a place in a world dominated by men.
So….I just want to say thank you…Thank you Mackenzi for giving me a kick-ass woman in science to look up to. Even if she is fictional.
And remember ladies,
“You deserve to be here. You deserve to exist. You deserve to take up space in this world of men.”
Rating: 5/5 Stars