The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy:
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.
Mackenzi Lee’s book ‘The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue’ is one of my all time favourite books. I loved how casually queer it is, it’s treats Percy and Monty’s relationship like any other, treating their struggles like normal struggles and I loved that. It felt like the story was being told from Monty’s naive perspective, barely aware of the prejudices.
The difference between that book and the Lady’s Guide is the Felicity is fully aware of her struggles, and gets super frustrated that she has to deal with them.
The books starts in Scotland, and in typical Felicity fashion she turns down a proposal and spontaneously decides to travel to London.
One of my favourite things about this book is the asexual representation, although it is never explicitly said, Mackenzi Lee has confirmed it and Felicity talks about how she isn’t interested in men or women, and just wants to focus on studying medicine.
The three main characters are completely loveable, they are all strong, independent women. Felicity uses her brains and knowledge of medicine, Johanna uses her beauty and her knowledge of animal life and Sim uses her strength and knowledge of the sea. They work so well together, the way Lee writes them makes their chemistry feel so real it truly makes you feel invested in their friendship and their story.
The story has quite a few little twists, that follow along with the changes in Felicity’s journey, and it just keep you hanging on to every word!! I absolutely adore this book and Mackenzi Lee’s writing!
I rate this book 5/5 starts, and I can’t wait to read the novella she is releasing later this year!!!
See you again soon!!