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Impossible saints, Clarissa Harwood

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Impossible saints
Title
Impossible saints
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Clarissa Harwood
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eng
Summary
Escaping the constraints of life as a village schoolmistress, Lilia Brooke bursts into London and into Paul Harris's orderly life, shattering his belief that women are gentle creatures who need protection. Lilia wants to change women's lives by advocating for the vote, free unions, and contraception. Paul, an Anglican priest, has a big ambition of his own: to become the youngest dean of St. John's Cathedral. Lilia doesn't believe in God, but she's attracted to Paul's intellect, ethics, and dazzling smile. -- amazon.com
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  • In Edwardian England, Lilia Brooke comes from a traditional family, but she’s the personification of the New Woman: she believes in free unions, contraception, and women having the right to vote. Paul Harris, an Anglican priest, believes in judiciously working his way up the ladder to the deanship of St. John’s Cathedral. The two have known each other since childhood, and when they are reintroduced, the attraction is both intellectual and physical. But can they overcome the obstacles of occupational, societal, and personal expectations? Harwood has framed this slow-burning, opposites-attract love story against the historical backdrop of the women’s suffrage movement. The perspective is refreshing in that the church is not the villain, nor are all the suffragettes cardboard cutouts. One interesting aspect is the novel’s exploration of the contrast in ideologies between the more conservative, peaceful suffrage groups (such as the National Union of Women’s Suffrage Societies) and the militant, property-destroying Women’s Social and Political Union. This parallels the spectrum in today’s protest-heavy atmosphere, lending the novel contemporary social relevance in addition to its romantic plotline. -- Latham, Bethany (Reviewed 11/1/2017) (Booklist, vol 114, number 5, p25)
  • In this rich debut, Harwood questions whether two people following divergent paths can reconcile their beliefs, convictions, and societal obstructions to forge a life together. This concern haunts Lilia Brooke, who rejects her conservative upbringing to become a social progressive and leading advocate for the women’s vote in 1906 London. Paul Harris, her childhood friend, is an Anglican priest intent on becoming the youngest dean of a prominent cathedral. Reacquainted as adults, the two quickly develop romantic feelings for each other, but also realize the seemingly impossible task they would face in reconciling their differing worldviews and passions. When Lilia joins the militant wing of the suffragette movement, she puts her reputation and life at risk. Simultaneously, Paul’s ambitions and feelings for Lilia threaten to overwhelm his inner faith. As both careen toward self-destruction, they come together for a shared reckoning. Grounded in a wealth of research into the suffrage movement, the book will please readers who enjoy detailed historical recreations. With insight and sensitivity, Harwood explores century-old social mores and challenges that still echo loudly today. (Jan.) --Staff (Reviewed 01/29/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 5, p)
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10618516
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JAI
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Harwood, Clarissa
Dewey number
813/.6
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR9199.4.H3782
LC item number
I47 2018
Literary form
novels
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  • England
  • Women's rights
  • Sex role
  • Clergy
Target audience
adult
Label
Impossible saints, Clarissa Harwood
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volume
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Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
Extent
348 pages
Isbn
9781681776248
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unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
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  • on1016449731
  • (OCoLC)1016449731
Label
Impossible saints, Clarissa Harwood
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Pegasus Books hardcover edition.
Extent
348 pages
Isbn
9781681776248
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • on1016449731
  • (OCoLC)1016449731

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