The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy - Mackenzi Lee

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Felicity Montague must use all her womanly wits and wiles to achieve her dreams of becoming a doctor—even if she has to scheme her way across Europe to do it. 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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My Review:

not my cup of tea:
2/5

I spent the first half of the book forcing my way through, Felicity’s ‘I’m not like the other girls’ attitude grating on my nerves. I felt like I had been tricked into reading this book, she had been the only bright light in the first book of the series and so I thought this would be great! Instead, it felt even worse going into a book already liking a character and then finding them almost unbearable.

Luckily, this does improve. You get to see actual character growth from Felicity as she reconnects with her childhood friend and realises that maybe she isn’t always the victim of the narrative she’s created. From this point, the book gets much more palatable.

I think maybe if there had just been character growth and piracy and adventure I would’ve been more inclined to rate this higher. The addition of sea dragons and the initial character personalities were a bit too much to overcome for me. I think I’ve given this series more than a fair shot and I’m just not compatible with the author’s writing style.

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