The Lady Guide to Petticoats and Piracy: Non-Spoiler Review!!

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzie Lee


Published by Katherine Tegen Books on October 2, 2018

Genres: Young Adult, historical fiction

Pages: 464

Format: Hardback

Source: Library

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I would give this book 4 for a review.


In this highly anticipated sequel to the New York Times bestselling The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, 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 must-have for fans of Mackenzi Lee’s extraordinary and Stonewall Honor-winning novel.

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.

My brief Thoughts:

I thought this book was such a fun adventure. I really loved being in felicity head. I really loved how LEE crafted this world. I also loved how many different settings this book included. I also really enjoyed how this book handled the topics of race, women rights and just women kicking but and taking names. I thought the pacing in this book had some slow moments but overall it was a solid read. This book was def a fun read and I really loved seeing former characters as well. I thought the hits of LGBTQ romance was so well done. And I really am curious what book is coming next!

My Extended Thoughts:

Characters: I really loved the trio of girls characters that was the focus of this novel. I also really enjoyed how different these characters were and how the all showed different females at this time period. I also really enjoyed how these characters progressed in the novel and how they interacted with each other. I also really liked seeing some characters from A gentleman guide to vice and virtue.

Pacing: This book was pacing was slow at points but it still captured me for a majority of the book.  I thought towards the middle the pace was slower.

Plot: One of the things I liked about this book was we changed “settings” and parts of the novel so often it kept me excited. This book really also showed me what it was like to be women in this time period.

NEXT BOOK! I really hope we get another book in this series. Let me know If this book is on your TBR or if you read it your thoughts!

later book lovers