Today I have an interesting novella that is touring with Tasty Book Tours. This is a short tour but please be sure to check the other tour stops for this story.
In a compelling tale about the votes for women movement in 1919 we meet Elizabeth: berated, belittled and beaten by her abusive and wholly un-Christian preacher father, she sets out one night to get away and join the movement.
Fortunately, despite a harrowing ride that depicts the dangers of riding in cars with boys, Elizabeth makes her way to New York and upon alighting from the train is instantly attracted to and noticed by Margaret. From nowhere to stay and no friends, Elizabeth is taken under Margaret’s wing, brought to the campaign headquarters and offered a job, an apartment share and a new start.
Setting a story in the 20’s was cleverly done, although Elizabeth’s voice and narration is erratic and doesn’t’ flow as smoothly as I would like. Erratic as her voice changes from ‘hick country girl’ to up and current with the latest slang and perfect grammar. More balance wouldn’t have been as striking and wouldn’t have niggled at my obsession for a clear and consistent tone. The use of “ordinary dame” when she then slips into “oh them were the best” is too great a contrast. Aside from that and a few poor or incorrect word choices, the story was both engaging and entertaining, and moved at a quick pace. This story is less about the organizing and the battle to get the 19th amendment passed, but this slice of the time and the overview of the battles fought are cleverly portrayed.
There are two things that may disturb readers: the early rape scene while not detailed to great extent does exist and comprise much of the early storyline. Secondly, Elizabeth’s sexual awakening and interest in Margaret is more a sweetly blooming f/f romance rather than dramatically voyeuristic in nature. This story dances between a ‘self-discovery’ and a slice of history, giving readers bits of both for an interesting mélange.
I received an eBook from the author for purpose of honest review for a Tasty Book Tour. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
Title: Votes for Vixens
Author: Tara Chevrestt
Source: Tasty Book Tour
Genre: Historical Romance, F/F Novella
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About the Book:
Elizabeth is a small-town Kansas girl who has grown up under her domineering father’s shadow. When she finds out that her father has denied her hand in marriage to the town’s most eligible bachelor–a man she’s long secretly desired–she snaps. Her father punches her for the last time. She realizes she has no future and with stories of suffragettes, women’s rights, and voting in her head, vows to be free.
She escapes to New York City where she meets Margaret. Margaret believes in the right to vote for women and engages Elizabeth to join in the National Women’s Party activities.
Operation: Opera House is underway. In a month’s time, President Wilson is due at the Metropolitan Opera House to give a speech. The NWP hopes that a peaceful protest will convince the president to gather congress in order to ratify the 19th Amendment.
As they prepare and plan, Margaret shows Elizabeth how to live and love. Under Margaret’s sensual touch, Elizabeth begins to heal from numerous emotional wounds. But on March 4th, 1919, their “peaceful protest” becomes a riot on the streets of New York.
A riot ensues in Elizabeth’s heart as well when her former flame shows up in the city…
About the Author:
Tara Chevrestt is a deaf woman, former aviation mechanic, writer, and an editor. She is most passionate about planes, motorcycles, dogs, and above all, reading. That led to her love of writing. Between her writing and her editing, which allows her to be home with her little canine kids, she believes she has the greatest job in the world. She is very happily married.
Her theme is Strong is Sexy. She shares a website and Facebook page with her naughty pen name!
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