‘Is there a great deal of training involved, to become an ophthalmic surgeon?’ I asked. ‘A great deal,’ he said. ‘Enough to make my own eyes very tired. But we men are made for such things, are we not? The academic study, the late nights, the intellectual challenge, that dogged pursuit of a higher goal. I should imagine ladies’ brains would explode were they forced to go through a similar rigour. But we humble men could not cope with all the effort required for domesticity, so there we are even.’

Chapter 34, Page 189

In a nutshell

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Violet, a 28-year-old spinster refuses to marry any of the suitors her father presents. It might be 1896, but violet doesn’t want to marry. She wants to work and most of all, she wants to find her mother who disappeared ten years earlier. Finding a missing person is no job for a lady, but when she hires a local detective to help, she sets off a chain of events that put her reputation at risk and make life a little more complicated.

Book Club Notes

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There was so much about this book that reminded me of the Enola Holmes movies (which I happened to enjoy). It has the same charm, lightness, loveable characters, and somewhat parallel storylines. I hate to sound like Zissy, but this is a darling of a book. It is such a sweet read. Light, whimsical but expertly written with humor, substance, and excellent character creation. It’s one of those books that make you grateful to be a woman in 2023. We may have our challenges but oh how far we have come.

Read If

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You loved Enola Holmes and love period romcoms

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Rating

9
Storyline – 10/10
Writing – 10/10
Character Development – 10/10
Plot Twist – 5/10
Shareability – 10/10
9.0
9.0Overall Score
A note on our book ratings

Storyline: How good is the storyline? Is it believable and complex or does it make you shake your head in its ridiculousness?

Writing: How well written is the book? Do you find yourself wowed by the writing or unimpressed?

Character Development: Do the characters evolve and grow through the book and are they multi-dimensional?

Plot Twist: Were you able to predict the end, or did the author give you some surprises along the way to keep you on your toes?

Shareability: How likely are you to share the book?

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