The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

The Lady's Guide to Petticoats and Piracy

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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.

Publisher: New York, NY :, Katherine Tegen Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2018]
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062795328
Branch Call Number: Y Fiction
Characteristics: 450 pages : map ; 22 cm


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Fun and full of action with a great female lead. Also available as an eBook and digital audiobook.

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STPL_JessH Mar 27, 2020

Well, I've finished the first three installments of the Montague Siblings Series and I cannot wait for the fourth and final to be released later this year. Apparently it's called A The Nobleman's Guide to Scandal and Shipwrecks so obviously it's already on my To Read list on Goodreads.
I really enjoyed this exploration of Felicity's plans, her hopes, her dreams, and the lessons she learns as each of those changes. There are so few novels that portray aromantic/asexual characters positively so I was really pleased to witness Felicity's straightforward and calm approach to the questions she is asked by various situations in this book. Instead of being a problem to solve, or something that must be reconciled, Felicity's lack of interest in romance is simply one part of an otherwise interesting, intelligent, and unique character. The only reason I didn't give this book five stars is because there were a few annoying anachronisms that interrupted my enjoyment of the book. That said, I highly recommend this fun, fast, feminist escapade that is focused on friendship first, everything else, second.

Mar 07, 2020

If you liked Felicity from the first book then this is a must read! It's full of adventure much like the first novel and has a lot of female friendships which I appreciated.

LibraryRosanna Jan 13, 2020

I adored book one in this series and book two didn't disappoint. Mackenzi Lee always takes the reader on the best adventures. I'm so glad Felicity Montague got her own story, and such a rollicking one, to boot. This book has lots of action, interesting characters and a trio of wonderful heroines. A fun read.

RandomLibrarian Aug 14, 2019

Review excerpt: "Above all, this book is fun. It made me happy. It entertained me. It encouraged me. These are no small feats. I was constantly being delighted and surprised by how these three resourceful women solve the many problems with which they are presented, and I loved their rivalries and friendships.

A postscript for history lovers:

The author’s note talks about real life women who pursed careers as naturalists (like Johanna), as pirates (Sim), and as doctors (Felicity) during the 1700s. This section is fantastic."

PimaLib_ChristineR May 24, 2019

If you've read and loved The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, I would highly recommend this book. If you've never read The Gentleman's Guide to Vice and Virtue, I would highly recommend this book and then suggest you pick up that one as well.

Lee has a wicked wit that shines through in Felicity's voice, while she still addresses some issues new to this installment. Here, Felicity Montague has left home to pursue her dream of becoming a physician. Unfortunately for her, it is the 1700s and she is a woman. Unwilling to give up on her dream, Felicity is determined to find her idol and become his assistant. High jinks ensue.

A well-paced adventure with a touch of fantasy, The Lady's Guide is the perfect story for people who were told they couldn't do something when they could, people who were told they couldn't do something because of their genders, and all the people who enjoy a story with pirates.

Feb 20, 2019

The much awaited sequel to Lee’s first novel, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue, the Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy was everything I could have ever wished for and so much more! The small glimpses into the the lives of Monty and Percy were much appreciated, however Felicity’s story captivated me all by itself. It was the perfect blend of historic fact and wonderful fiction, holding my attention for hours on end. The commentary on women’s rights in the past was so culturally relevant to today, yet nothing felt forced. I fell in love with each new character that was introduced and I hope there is a sequel so I don’t have to say goodbye to everyone. This book was perfect in every way and I would recommend it to everyone! 5/5! @nickreads of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

ArapahoeMary Nov 21, 2018

This sequel to The Gentleman's Guide absolutely lives up to its predecessor by featuring Felicity along with several other amazing women as they travel to Zurich and Algiers to discover and then protect a long-hidden secret. Plus, pirates, sea monsters, and the rejection of traditional gender roles? Yes, please!


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