Book Reviews, YA book reviews

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings #2) by Mackenzie Lee

LADYSGUIDE

 

My Rating ~ Four and a half stars

4half-gold-stars copy

RELEASED: 2 October 2018

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books

Format: Hardback

Pages: 450

Blurb

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.

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Review

Note:  As this is a review for book 2, there may be spoilers for Book 1 (The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue)

Felicity is determined to become a doctor, no matter the cost, and when faced with the possibility of a life as a baker’s wife, she decides drastic measures need to be taken.  After another rejection by a university for her application to study medicine, she learns her estranged childhood friend is set to marry a doctor. A doctor that just happens to be Felicity’s idol.  She comes up with a plan to gatecrash their wedding and attempt to gain employment with him.   After meeting a female pirate in a bar, she finds herself on a journey with the woman to carry out her plan.  As time goes on, Felicity realises that all is not as it seems and her childhood friend, Johanna, may not be living the fairytale life she’s assumed she is.

I had high hopes for this book, after loving A Gentleman’s Guide, and I wasn’t disappointed.  I love the humour in these books and my only slight disappointment with this one was not getting as much time with Monty and Percy.  I know this was Felicity’s story, and I do love her too, but Monty is just one of my favourite characters of all time.  I also loved Johanna in this book.  I related to her really well.  A woman who lives for animals and is strong willed, while still enjoying feminine clothes and make-up.  Come to think of it, she basically is me 😀   I love that these books are so character driven, sometimes the plot even seems like a bit of a sideline thing going on, I just want to know everything about the characters.  I WANT THEM TO BE MY FRIENDS. 😀

I don’t know if there will be any more Montague siblings books, but I so hope there will be.  I’m not ready to part company with them all!

 

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Ladys' Guide to Petticoats and Piracy pic by bookbookowl

 

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