Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Published: October 2, 2018
Genres: YA, historical fiction, feminism, LGBT+
My Rating: 5 Stars
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 think at this point in my blogging life, my love for Monty Montague is well established. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue was my favorite read of 2017 and has established itself as one of my all-time favorite books. That said, I was greatly anticipating Felicity’s story and I was not disappointed.
Felicity’s level-headedness and ability to calmly look at the events that happened during Monty’s tour were reasons I fell in love with her character and couldn’t wait to see what Mackenzi Lee had in store for Felicity’s story. One of the things I loved so much about this one, was that although through Monty’s eyes we see Felicity as this put together young woman who knows what she’s doing, Felicity is just the everyone else, a complete disaster being held together by her corset. Seeing her struggle and fight for everything made her seem so much more real.
The new trio we travel with is just as complex and interesting as the first book, perhaps more so because the main character wasn’t head over heels in love with one of their companions. I loved Johanna, I loved how she transformed from someone Felicity thought was materialistic and too girly to be well-rounded and a completely different person that Felicity thought she was going to see. Sim’s backstory and storyline were amazingly plotted.
For me, like with the first book, this one started out a little slow, I loved the start getting to see how Monty and Percy were living in London but when Felicity traveled to Germany the start of that section of the book felt very slow, but it found it’s footing again about halfway through that section as we start to learn more about the motives of the characters.
Sequels sometimes fall flat trying to live up to what the first book achieved, but with this one, I think creating a “spin-off” kind of story as the sequel created a book that lived up to the hype and gave us exactly what we wanted in the next step of the Montague siblings lives. We got a brand new disaster character, she’s just a more put together disaster.
Overall, if you enjoyed The Gentleman’s Guide, I’m nearly 100% sure you’ll like the Lady’s Guide. Pick this one up if you haven’t, it’s worth it.
Until next time Internet,