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If you like the idea of a brilliant young (Victorian) woman who doesn't let society dictate her path in life, this series is for you!
Sherry Thomas has written some really good HRs, and I own many of them, but with this series, she elevates her writing to a whole new level of WOW! In the character of Charlotte Holmes, she gives insight into the Victorian era through the eyes of a young woman who bucks all convention, not because she is a rebel, but because there is simply no place for an intellect like hers in a patriarchal society.
Despite Charlotte's determination to live life on her own terms, whatever the cost, she still has to negotiate her way around the laws of a country that counts a woman as mere chattel. I knew I was hooked when I found those limitations infuriating, but realized that Charlotte did not. She simply ignores them when she can, and works around any constrictions -- almost as if they don't exist -- when she can't. I thought we invented female empowerment in the modern era, but Thomas has invented a character that uses her power as if she knows it's all going to change someday anyway, so why not be the change she want's to see in the world, today? Amazing!
The supporting cast is suitably brilliant, and the villains are as creepily evil as one would wish, providing Charlotte with lots of puzzles to solve. The mysteries are layered and just complex enough to allow the romance to sizzle in the background.
This series is an auto-buy for me, and I don't have many of those.
Kate Reading is, of course, perfect and brilliant, and worthy of this series. She deserves an Emmy for her acting skills!
HIGHLY RECOMMENDED: To anyone and everyone. (Note: This will be a TV series someday.)
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I had trouble putting it down! I originally became interested in this series because anything narrated by Kate Reading is worth the listen. Then I had to get this book because of the writing.
Sherry Thomas is excellent at weaving an entirely original story from a classic piece of fiction. I love variations, especially of Pride and Prejudice. What if stories are sometimes disappointing; that was not the case with tis book. I'd give it 6 stars, if only I could.
Although this mystery is a stand alone novel, I would strongly recommend listening to the first book. It not only introduces all the major players and their relationship to one another, but gives you a better understanding of their motivations.
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