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Diana Forbes – Mistress Suffragette




For lovers of historical fiction, this debut novel by Diana Forbes is a romp through the pleasures and perils of the Gilded Age in late 19th Century New England.

 When feisty protagonist Penelope Stanton sets out to attract a wealthy suitor at a Memorial Day Ball in Newport, she is her family’s only hope after their reversal of fortune in the Panic of 1893. Penelope captures the attention of the forceful — and married — Edgar Daggers. But when her desperate parents encourage the relationship, Penelope flees to Boston, and later New York, as she wavers between the allure of the determined Daggers and the independence promised by newfound friends in the Suffrage Movement. Penelope discovers untapped talents as she rallies for women’s independence, but does she have the courage to break from the societal constraints on women in late 19th Century? Mistress Suffragette deftly depicts the fits and starts of the early Women’s Movement, and readers will champion the plucky Penelope as she attempts to navigate this new, uncharted era.

Book Details

Author: Diana Forbes

Publisher: PenmorePress (March 6, 2017)

Language: English

Pages: 404

Binding: Paperback

“I am so excited that my debut novel, Mistress Suffragette, won first prize in Women’s Fiction at the Missouri Romance Writers of America (RWA) “Gateway to the Best” contest in Women’s Fiction. I also recently learned that Mistress Suffragette won first place in the Chanticleer Chatelaine award for Historical Romance and was shortlisted for the Somerset award for Literary Fiction. I am keeping my fingers crossed that my novel continues to do well with judges and readers”, Diana Forbes

Amazon Review

on April 17, 2017

I thoroughly enjoyed Mistress Suffragette and Diana Forbes does a great job of painting a fascinating picture of the time and the characters. Often, authors fail on this front, because they end up with pieces that fell hollow or facts that simply don’t add up. But, that’s not the case here. Instead, much of the style reminds me of Jane Austen, although many aspects of the writing do differ.

The story itself isn’t extremely intense or long but neither of those things is negative. Instead, these aspects make for an entertaining and enjoyable read, especially when you’re looking for something a little bit different.

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