Clarissa Sullivan dreams for more from life than sipping tepid tea in stifling parlors in Victorian Boston. She defies her family's wishes, continuing to teach poor immigrant children in Boston's West End, finding a much-needed purpose to her life.
As a suffragette, Clarissa is considered a firebrand radical no man would desire. For why should women want the vote when men have sheltered women from the distasteful aspects of politics and law?
When love blossoms between Clarissa and Gabriel McLeod, a struggling cabinetmaker, her family objects. Clarissa's love and determination will be tested as she faces class prejudices, manipulative family members, and social convention in order to live the life she desires with the man she loves. Will she yield to expectations, or follow her heart on a journey of self-discovery as she learns what she cannot live without?
©2014 Ramona Flightner (P)2014 Ramona Flightner
I usually look at book ratings and not reviews because so many people add spoilers. However, I will say how disappointed I was in this book. The story is good, the narration drove me crazy and yet I stuck with it for 11 hours for a damn cliffhanger.
Maybe to read, but it was very hard listening to this narrator. She was not good at male voices and I would not listen to it again, maybe read.
Only if it was a different narrator.
Boring voice, very bad at male voices.
Get a different narrator.
No spoilers! Love HOT, sexy books w/a plot. No vampires, paranormal, teens 4 me. I also review in exchange for books-lots of fun surprises!
The author put a lot into this book and I appreciate that. However, I found that this was not really something that swept me away. It is about women's suffrage in Victorian Boston (what does that mean?) The main character does her best to promote the rights of women, while swooning over a man. The subject matter just didn't interest me and I gave up after listening and giving it several tries.
Ramona Flightner writes well and perhaps if it were pursuing a less serious matter I would have enjoyed it more.
Lauren Mccullough gives a solid performance.
Notes: Mild, safe book. Nothing to warn of here – at least as far as I listened to it, 5 hours or so.
Rating: G in a movie theater
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I haven't the print version but imagine that the expression from the narrator adds to the experience.
Clarissa - her independence at this time in history is amazing but she is still vulnerable and wants to open herself to love.
Clarissa's father. I loved the way her was performed.
The final scene as the book was ending. I can't say more for fear of spoiling it for others.
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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I really did enjoy this book in the end and the book's hook truly has me wanting to read more but the overall story was just a tad bit drawn out for my taste. The character development was wonderful and I enjoyed how the relationships intertwined but it took too long for someone to make a move or something in the plot to happen. However, I am partial to today's "fast paced-give me now" society and not the "let's sit and sip tea and talk home for hours" society.
The narration by Lauren Mccullough was okay. I enjoyed her character voices but felt many of them blended together so that it was hard to tell who was talking. I also was disappointed by her Irish voice of Da, but I commend her attempt. I loved her narration pacing and wonderful diction.
I would recommend this book.
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