The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy Review

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy (Montague Siblings, Book 2)

by Mackenzi Lee

“A year after an accidently 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 open – 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.”

After reading The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue last year, I had to know what happened to Felicity (also Monty and Percy).

We start a year after the events in GGTVAV, Felicity is in Edinburgh trying to get admitted to medical school or training with a private doctor with no success. While in Edinburgh she has been working at a bakery where the owner has been getting the wrong end of the stick and makes her a proposal that she can‘t refuse. This leaves her basically penniless in London where she goes to find Monty and Percy and discovers that they are also basically penniless. They meet up with their pirate privateer friends and Felicity gets an idea.

Wow, wow, wow. I did not know that I needed this book as much as I do right now, this book is amazing. The representation, the feminism, the strive for equality in women, the adventure, the friendship. I wish I had this book 15 years ago, but it is never too late.

I went through all the emotions with Felicity, Sim and Johanna. I cannot pick one as my favourite, I love all three ladies and their personalities. I also really enjoyed getting to see Percy and Monty again, also getting to spend time with the crew of the Eleftheria.

I loved experiencing new places with Felicity, and seeing her relationship with Monty from the other perspective. It was really difficult to see her keep being knocked down, but how that made her stronger each time. I adored Felicity’s little motivational speeches to herself and how she added in things that either Johanna or Sim had said about her.

The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy does wrap up, but it is left open enough that more books could be written or you have to imagine what they go on to do.

While reading this book, I described it as a young woman trying to get into medical school and then chasing after her hero across Europe. I would recommend this to adults and teenagers. 5 out of 5.

The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

10

Rating

10.0/10

Pros

  • Storyline
  • Characters
  • First Person Narrative
  • LGBTQ+ Representation

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