If anything this was a far more entertaining piece of work than her first book. Perhaps it was the lack of connection but this just worked.
The main thing was how the story divided between three females. Each of them being different. Felicity was as intelligent as she was stubborn and fierce. Johanna revealed herself to be more than the typical girl of history, while retaining the typical things girls liked then. Sim broke it in every way while showing vulnerability and a willingness to be different.
The feminist rants here were some of the best I have heard. And the way I liked things. Women don’t need to prove themselves to be the best, neither do they need to protected. They simply need to be respected for their own choices. Whether they choose the normal respectable path or a complicated messy life. Either way, I will do the messy life over and over again.
The plot was simple, but character driven. Felicity goes to Stuttgart to meet with her old friend, because she wanted to work under Alexander Platt. Johanna did something of her own accord because something precious to her was threatened. And no matter how small it was in the long run, it still mattered to her and she treasured it enough to put it over. Sim wanted to gain recognition from her father, even if she will have to work twice as hard to prove that she was better.
This is what made me like the story even more ever. It was something that each of them chose for themselves. Some might disagree on their choices but to them it is something that they wanted. That was important to their character.
But I liked the way that this was driven solely by the characters while being set in the 18th century. One thing that bothered me had been the fact that most historical works had been large scale, mostly about kings. But this worked because it wasn’t. It just showed people in the past to be the same as ours.
That they had their own goals and there is no clear cut way to tell what someone can and cannot do in history.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5