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.
I don’t know really where to start with this one there’s a lot of thoughts here. I absolutely adored Gentlemen’s guide and Mackenzie’s writing. This one just didn’t quite hold up for me.
Your MC is Felicity and she is hell bent on becoming a doctor. When she is denied admission she goes on a quest to meet dr.platt. Along the way she meets a friend to help her get there and is soon thrust in to a wild adventure including dragons.
My main issue with this book is that Felicity just felt like she lost her spark to me. She felt so isolated, she wasn’t herself like in gentlemen’s guide. She felt like a whole new character to me. I loved her witty and sarcastic personality in gentlemen’s guide.
My second and I my get hate for this was how much the feminism was shoved in your face. I enjoy stories about female empowerment and success but to me it was every other sentence was about how men sucked, not the story. She seems so set in her ways to me about being a doctor and men blocking her from that that she was crappy to Johanna. Not to mention she basically used her friend to get to try and meet dr.platt.
I love Felicity, Monty and Percy, but this story lacked, the big part of it didn’t even come into play till the end. I loved it but just wish it would have happened faster instead of coming all together at the end. I felt like she was a sidekick to Johanna’s journey more than having her own.
Johanna I absolutely adored and loved. She called out Felicity on so much. The big thing she called out was that she felt Felicity looked down on her because she liked dresses and social Parties. I absolutely loved that aspect because that was true feminism to me. You support women’s choices whether they are career driven or want to wear dresses.
I love that felicity was asexual. Sim is also a poc and is was amazing to read more about her, her father and where she came from. I think it was an opportunity to touch on racism and colonialism with her character, but sadly there was little to none brought up.
As always the queer rep with Monty and Percy was fabulous, their scenes were hilarious to read. I love Monty and Percy being such strong characters, but having scenes at the beginning took the spot light off Felicity and made her seem more like a child than a strong woman.
Overall I gave this 3.7 because while it is a favorite and I enjoyed it. I feel like some areas could have used more work.
Have you read Lady’s Guide? What did you think?