I have read a few novels about the suffragist movement as well as watched the movie, Iron Jawed Angels. So I was familiar with what these women endured while fighting for my rights. This book was wonderful! While we walk through the efforts of Helen Fox, the primary character, as she begins her efforts with the fight for women to vote, you also experience what life was like for so many people who worked in the factories in the early 1900s. The lack of support they received, the way men and women were not valued as employees, they struggled daily to feed and care for their families, and the working conditions were horrendous and dangerous.
But the terrible incident that brings Helen in touch with the group of women who are working to get women the right to vote, ends up being a life changing moment. Helen’s personal development and her effort to both respect her husband’s opinion (an aspect of this time period) and find herself in the work of the suffrage movement is remarkable. This is historical fiction at its best! Helen, and many women, were willing to risk everything! This story is one that will have you cringing at what the women endure and yet cheer them on for their efforts … and eventually their success.
Galila Gichon does a wonderful job of taking you back in time and having you deeply invested in the characters of her novel. The women in this novel are inspirational and the Helen, in particular, is a character that will stay with you long after you have read the last word and closed the book. You need to take time to absorb every word and emotion presented. Kudos to the author! I look forward to future books by her.
Thank you to the author and Wyatt-MacKenzie Publishing for my advanced review copy. All opinions and thoughts are my own.